economic rent

Australia: you’re being ripped off MERCILESSLY!

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by Bryan Kavanagh “The more tuned out the general population, the more James can get away with his Game before voters notice.” A full house for the Melbourne book launch by co-author Dr Cameron Murray of the “Game of Mates: How Favours Bleed the Nation” at RMIT’s Francis Ormond Building on Friday. I’ll let people […]

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Turnbull Government prepares to squib on PRRT

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The Petroleum Resource Rent Tax has been a successful revenue-sharing device since 1987, delivering well over $33 billion to Consolidated Revenue, derived entirely from the economic rents of resource extraction with no harm to producers. It has never deterred exploration or hindered output. Treasurer Scott Morrison commissioned a Treasury review by Michael Callaghan into why […]

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Australia’s democracy destroyed – for thirty pieces of silver

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Matthew Stevens, the AFR’s kindly mouthpiece for big miners, is today promoting a range of very bad ideas that suit his, ahem, audience. The article is paywalled from sheer embarrassment. He lauds the political destruction of WA Nationals’ leader Bernard Grylls for wanting to raise the 25c a tonne royalty on WA iron ore to […]

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Who will fight Oil&Gas in Australia’s national interest? The boxing ring is right here…

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Craig Emerson, principal architect of Australia’s Petroleum Resource Rent Tax, is out in the AFR today fighting for good taxes and sound economics. For thirty years, the PRRT had been a successful revenue-sharing device, delivering well over $33 billion to consolidated revenue, derived from the economic rents of resource extraction and thus causing no harm. […]

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This government wouldn’t fight for a trillion dollars

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Treasury is asking why the Petroleum Resource Rents Tax collects only a fraction of the revenues it could. Actually, they know exactly what is wrong, but need public consultation in case someone has a bright idea to fix this broken tax without conflict. There are billions of dollars involved. If government wants the money, a […]

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The Hidden Role of Rent

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Fred Harrison summarises the various studies analysing the role of economic rents and why it is hidden from economic analysis. The interview is conducted by Andy Mazzone (Henry George School of Social Studies) as part of the Smart Talk series.

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Redirecting Royalties to the Rural Rump – The Nationals go vote-harvesting

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The Western Australian election 11 March will be a furious battle, but don’t bother with the popcorn – the ALP led by Mark McGowan is set to win easily and the fireworks of One Nation will prove a damp squib. Facing certain defeat, the Liberal–National Coalition are playing hard-ball to minimise their losses. The close […]

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Private tax is the great unspoken of neoliberal philosophy. And the rich are the winners

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by Philip Soos reposted from The Guardian When we hear talk about taxation, it is naturally assumed to refer to those taxes which are levied by the government. After all, no individual or business can charge anyone else a tax, right? From the 1980s onwards in the neoliberal era, there has been an effort by […]

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Land prices are not simply a matter of supply and demand

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by Bryan Kavanagh Reposted from On-Line Opinion Fortunately, the theory of real estate valuation is not as difficult to comprehend as the theory of value, over which economists continue to fight endlessly. Real estate valuation concerns the assessment of particular parcels’ market price. It is not about some abstract or philosophical theory of value. Maybe […]

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Australia’s real lifters and leaners

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by Philip Soos When the infamous duo of Abbott and Hockey came to power in 2013, they embarked upon a polarising rhetoric of “lifters” versus “leaners” separating Australians into one of two camps. The split was a simple one: those who earn and engage in productive activity, indicated by making a revenue or wage and […]

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