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Developer Levies drive up land prices

10 November 2011 MELBOURNE:- The Growth Corridor Plan announced by the Baillieu Government presents Melbourne with big challenges. How to pay for the massive infrastructure needed is front and centre – and unmentioned in the Plan. “Demand for new and better...

“No Visible Means of Support”

photo credit: DrWurmA term employed in Vagrancy statutes to test whether an individual has any apparent ability to provide for himself or herself financially. The Law frowns upon people who make their living outside formal employment. Yet it bows deep before land and...

Property’s “Signs of Stabilising”

photo credit: lynac The bullhawks are out in force, talking up last quarter’s smaller than expected price falls. Somehow here is evidence of the end of the downturn. Risk on! Throw caution to the winds! Really? It is easy to see why the bullhawks focus on that and...

Time to buy an Italian sports car – not

photo credit: VOD Cars Credit Suisse’s Global Wealth Report 2011 offers fascinating insights – particularly for Australia. The nature and spread of our wealth is strikingly – astonishingly – different to every other country. Owning net assets (after deducting...

House price falls steeper that the US

18 October 2011 MELBOURNE:- “House prices are falling in Melbourne faster than US prices did when that property bubble burst,” Prosper Australia Campaign Manager David Collyer said today. “The enormous housing oversupply and sudden buyer caution have dramatically...

The warnings come thick and loud

photo credit: tm-tmOn Sunday 9 October, The Sunday Age published an article by Chris Vedelago Buyers Nibble but No Big Bite. I would link, but can’t see it in The Age online. Here are the money quotes: “But a survey conducted by The Sunday Age found that only 35 per...

No Reform – Paradise Postponed

photo credit: Steve – wants a job at Chester ZooMELBOURNE and CANBERRA:- Australians had high hopes the Tax Forum would herald the end of taxes that distort and diminish economic activity as Ken Henry recommended. Sadly, these hopes have been dashed, says...

Un-Taxed Privilege

photo credit: rubenerd29 September 2011 MELBOURNE:- Vested interests are determined to stifle reform of the government revenue base at the Tax Forum next week, says Prosper Australia. “The government has lined up industry representatives and lobby peaks – all to plead...

40,000 First Home Buyers On Strike

photo credit: Jakob E28 September 2011 MELBOURNE:- 40,000 young families turned away from a lifetime of heavy debt and bitter disappointment in the last year refusing to accept Australia’s grossly inflated house prices, according to a survey overnight by website...