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Launch reform

The move towards Land Tax reform continues with two supportive papers out in the last few days. Launch Housing has a proposal to fund domestic violence programs out of a vacant housing tax. This was inspired by recommendations from the Royal Commission into Domestic...

If We’re Going to Pay Tax

“If we’re going to have to pay tax we should pay tax in the most efficient, the most reasonable and most equitable way.” So said Fairfax journalist Michael Pascoe on this week’s Renegade Economists radio show. Transcript Karl Fitzgerald: This week...

Metricon wins land-tax case – everyone loses

The national pastime of withholding land from use and enforcing scarcity has been boosted in the NSW Supreme Court when developer Metricon won a land tax case against the Chief Commissioner of State Revenue. Metricon successfully argued grazing a few cows to keep the...

Odd Bedfellows

Something is up when the NSW Business Chamber allies with the NSW Council of Social Services and the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union. Stern champions of enterprise have jumped into bed with hand-wringing defenders of the down-trodden and cloth-cap unionists–...

PM sets up the states for a 1% federal land tax

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has positioned the Commonwealth Government to introduce a 1% federal land tax and reform our bust political system that denies voters the right to hold government accountable. Overnight, the states rejected the Prime Minister’s...

PM to lift the stone from your chest

Malcolm Turnbull today offered a gift of $1000 to every man, woman and child in Australia. The money will come every year forever – if the states and territories end Stamp Duty and fund this by removing the exemptions and wheezes from State Land Tax. No, we...

Victoria thinks the unthinkable – land tax

The Andrews government is flying a kite today in The Age to gauge public opinion on removing conveyancing Stamp Duty and using State Land Tax instead. This initiative deserves thunderous applause. With many young Victorians now excluded from home ownership and renting...