David Collyer

New Stonnington parks to enforce land scarcity

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Chris Vedelago at The Age has exposed a fascinating land-play by Stonnington Council, enforcing scarcity and lifting land prices in the most valuable residential municipality in Melbourne by adding to insatiable demand with its own house-buying to demolish and make parkland. “Stonnington Council has blocked the release of a secret report that would reveal to […]

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It’s Raine-ing elderly property investors

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  Angus Raine of RE agents Raine & Horne burst into song about property taxes in a letter on page 55 of the Australian Financial Review today – and what a nice cartoon, Clement! Angus wants Stamp Duty tax breaks for empty nesters – people trapped in inappropriate housing by bad taxes.  He wants capital […]

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Hallelujah! The tax reform pathway becomes clear

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An Australian political party has boldly stepped forward with a proposal to reform taxes to make housing affordable and end the destruction of tens of billions of dollars of taxpayers money in deadweight losses each and every year: that party is the Australian Labor Party.

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Shortage-sceptic Prosper Australia shocks Senate committee

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  Prosper Australia shocked the Senate Economics Committee inquiry into Housing affordability with the view we have no supply constraints – because rents haven’t budged. They have been hearing from every vested interest that Supply! Supply!! Supply! is the key determinant. No, Prosper says, it is our very poor tax system. Nick Lenaghan at the […]

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Cost-Shifting Stamp Duty – Onto You

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If taxpayers are to endure the upset of tax reform, then the change should be to best practice – the tax bases economists have identified as causing the least harm.

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Poor, Poor Pitiful Me

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Taxi users should be angry at being the victim of a scam obliging them to travel in discomfort so some ‘entrepreneur’ can enjoy a concessional license fee. And regular license holders ought to share that anger – their rent-seeking activity is being topped and captured by a sub-group, all in the name of mobility for the disabled.

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WA Treasurer plays the TINA card on Stamp Duty

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West Australian Treasurer Mike Nahan has acknowledged Stamp Duty is “dumb” but has no interest in changing it, claiming There Is No Alternative. ABC WA reports: In a speech to an economics forum in Perth on Tuesday, Dr Nahan said the state had come to rely on inefficient taxes, but reform was not an option. […]

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Negative Gearing is costing you a lot more than you think

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In Sydney where the ABS says established houses are a median $670,000, at least $64,000 of that is due to ‘gearer competition displacing homebuyers via price. Given Sydney is ground zero of ‘gearer displacement, this is likely a gross underestimate of the price consequences.

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The Sovereign State of Pigovia

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Libertarians and conservatives denounce Pigovian taxation because it would serious decrease profits for those doing the cost externalisation e.g. the wealthy and big business. Because uncorrected external effects are so rampant and thus a sign of the grave inefficiencies of capitalism, they have to be denied to even exist.

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Land: A Key Natural Advantage

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If the RBA and our economic mandarins observe a national strategic advantage they have an obligation to foster it and deploy it to the advantage of all. One of ours is space. We have chosen to welcome migration, dig up minerals, grow crops and animals – but also to strictly ration by price the access to land for young adults.

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