land value taxation

China’s Economic Fundamentals Exposed

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With 8.5% of the Shanghai Composite wiped off on Black Monday, the risky world of speculative capitalism is under the microscope. As Steve Keen reminds us, Chinese private debt was very low post 2008, but debt to GDP has since grown by 80%. A hefty 35% jump in private debt to GDP occurred in 2010, […]

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Kohler: Tax Our Bubble Trouble

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Australia’s most high profile business reporter, Alan Kohler, turned up unannounced this week to find out about the group behind the rising interest in Henry George and Land Value Tax. Cross-posted from Business Spectator ($):   Almost 120 years after his death, Henry George may finally be coming into his own. In the 19th century he was […]

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Foreign Investment Fee

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The Abbott government’s lurch at a foreign investment fee to fund the Foreign Investment Review Board will be a minor inconvenience. The AFR: Mr Abbott said the fee structure was comparable with a system in New Zealand but less punitive than regimes in Singapore and Hong Kong. “We are open to foreign investment but its […]

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John Freebairn: Treasurers Can’t Sell Reform

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  The transcript from John Freebairn’s presentation at the 123rd annual Henry George Commemorative dinner. John Freebairn: Thank you Andy and Karl, ladies and gentlemen. So what I want to do today, tonight I guess, is make the argument why do we need to reform State taxes and in doing that I’m then going to […]

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An unfair advantage

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Letters to the Editor The Age 25/08/2014 The seemingly inevitable slide towards the haves and the have-nots in home ownership is inevitable if nothing changes. Our approach to funding the needs of the state encourages and disproportionately rewards speculative (non-productive) activity and discourages (taxes) effort and investment in productive capital (value adding). When unearned income […]

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Monbiot: rent seekers shriek reform away

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Monbiot chronicles the shrieking retorts to reforms challenging their unearned incomes. Tax reform can no longer be dismissed as a dirty word left to the well connected. Here in Australia such shrieking to the mining tax, pokie or taxi license reforms was closely followed by the threat of a marginal seats campaign. More and more voters are seeing through […]

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The Barometer of the Economy

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Tues Oct 30th, 6.30pm 1/27 Hardware Lane, Melbourne Presenter: Dr Gavin Putland RSVP to this free event Dr Gavin Putland discusses the role of Australia’s largest market – the land market – in influencing economic activity. In 2001, Bryan Kavanagh found that a high ratio of property sales to GDP indicated a bubble, and that […]

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Guardian, Labor on UK LVT Push

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photo credit: Apogee Photography In today’s Guardian via Mark Braund, author of The Possibilities of Progress (available in our bookshop), summarises the rising impetus of LVT in UK politics. As a long-time supporter of land value taxation (LVT), it’s encouraging finally to see such positive coverage of this neglected idea in the mainstream press. For […]

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