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...

Please, Please, Mr Premier!

photo credit: sky_mitchState Treasury’s brief to the incoming Baillieu Government, the Blue Book, urges tax reform to drive Victoria’s competitiveness. The Blue Book has apparently been leaked to The Age. It strongly recommends lowering the burden of state taxes,...

NSW Stamp Duty a foul and putrid mess

photo credit: dcmasterBarry O’Farrell was elected Premier of NSW in March this year. His first budget announced Tuesday raised a storm of protest – not over a realignment of government priorities to his conservative Coalition’s agenda, but on Stamp Duty. The previous...

Right of Reply – R4R in Fairfax

Our documentary was reviewed on Friday in Real Estate 4 Ransom by Age property journalist Chris Vedelago. It was the most read Domain article nationally over the weekend. We have received hundreds of emails from people eager to see the film. We are doing our best to...

Rethink that Fire Insurance Levy, Mr Premier

  30 August 2011 MELBOURNE:- Massive hikes to the Fire Services Levy are a very poor way to fund bushfire preparations, says Prosper Australia. “While this move may appear sensible, if insurance premiums in fire-prone areas rise to the $1,000 mentioned in the...

Prosper’s 120th Annual Dinner

photo credit: JD Hancock You are cordially invited to a special night for everyone interested in the great Georgist themes of economic efficiency and social justice. 120TH ANNUAL COMMEMORATION DINNER Thursday 1st September 2011 6 pm Gathering time – 7 pm Dinner...

Land Tax REDUCES Rents

Dr Gavin Putland of the Land Values Research Group drives a stake through a vampire heart in the Letters page of today’s Australian Financial Review Joanne Seve (Letters, August 5) regurgitates the property lobby’s favourite untruth, namely that land tax...

How Much Land Does A Man Need?

At this market climax, let me remind all of the risks of compulsive, over-optimistic ambition. In Leo Tolstoys’ tale, ‘How Much Land Does A Man Need?’ written in 1886, a wealthy peasant named Pahlom is told of the rich earth in the land of the Bashkirs beyond the...

Melbourne housing ‘Stale Stock’ explodes

26 July 2011 MELBOURNE:- “In the last three months alone, ‘Stale Stock’ in Melbourne postcodes 3000-3207 has ballooned from 19,800 to 31,600,” Prosper Australia Campaign Manager David Collyer said today. ‘Stale Stock’ is property on the market for more than sixty days...