Submission on the Privatisation of Land Use Victoria

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Submission to the Standing Committee on the Environment and Planning Inquiry into the proposed long-term lease of land titles and registry functions of Land Use Victoria June 22, 2018 To Mr. David Davis (Chair): Prosper Australia is Melbourne-based not-for-profit engaged in research and advocacy. Our primary focus is on the political economy of land and […]

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What can’t be said

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Having recently read biographies of Paul Keating, Wayne Swan, and Craig Emerson, I’m astounded at their incredible levels of political commitment and investment in the Labor Party, and to Australia, during the Hawke-Keating period of government from 11 March 1983 to 11 March 1996. However, their economics was fatally flawed. Emerson’s account expands into the […]

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The Monthly Discussion – June

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The Monthly Discussion – Tax policy plot twists What: Discuss + Debate + Drinks + Pizza When: Wednesday, June 6th Time: 6pm Cost: Free Name a tax that lowers the price? Name a tax designed to raise no revenue? How can we simultaneously encourage densification and decentralisation? Next week we’re joining the dots between taxation […]

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Downsizing the sacred cow? Pension Loans Scheme expanded

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Jenny is in her early 60’s and partially retired from a career as a nurse. She’s managed to hang on to acreage in regional NSW despite long periods at home with four kids. As she approaches retirement, she wonders how she can keep the property. Her meagre super balance along with the pension will not […]

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Progress Prosper

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The latest edition of Progress is out! Each May we celebrate the anniversary of the magazine. This is the 115th year the magazine has been in operation. If you would like a digital copy emailed to you sign up below. Become a member to receive a physical copy. Here is the editorial. Recent Prosper news includes […]

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The Hope of Economic Growth

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The narrative of endless economic growth delivering society’s needs is questioned by this revealing graph on the classical components of GDP, released in Prosper Australia’s Trickle Up Economics report. The national accounts provide detailed analysis of who gets what. But when the gross figures are broken across the three factors of production, the streamlined perspective […]

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Victorian Budget Formula

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Read our Victorian budget submission for further detail on the following issues. A first glance at the Victorian State Budget sees an election year budget, light on reform, big on expenditure. The billowing Victorian land market underpinned most of the spending, with $7.1 bn in stamp duties alone. Some say that the property sector was […]

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Will Company Tax Cuts Trickle Down or Trickle Up?

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By Catherine Cashmore The proposal to cut the company tax rate from 30% to 25% has received much media attention. We are repeatedly told it is needed to boost investment.  The rational follows that companies are more likely to invest in productivity if they don’t have to pay as much tax on their gross income.  It […]

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Trickle Up Economics: The Report

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Assessing the impact of privatized land rent on economic growth by Gavin R. Putland   Executive Summary This report investigates the relationship of the land rent share of GDP with economic growth. Since the Second World War, there has been a negative correlation between Australia’s total land price and the rate of economic growth. The […]

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A farmer’s plea

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  The Need for Economic Democracy by Mark Haywood   “Our planet is small at last, and we will not forever be able to seek prosperity in the impoverishment of others and the destruction of nature. Ecology compels us, finally, to ask if there is a decent future for any if there is not a […]

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