lobbyocracy

Game of Mates – Melbourne Book Launch

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In 2015 Dr. Cameron Murray released an influential paper investigating the nexus between relationship networks and land rezonings in Queensland. Fairfax journalist Michael Pascoe stated the paper ‘should have brought down state and local governments, sparked a royal commission and radically changed the Australian housing industry’. Murray has built on this game theory approach in […]

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Petition for Genuine Housing Reform

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A Petition by Rational Radical Hi, my name is Matt, and I’m one of many young Australians currently locked out of home ownership by record high prices. My friends know me as very vocal and frequently angry about housing affordability issues. Well the latest development in the saga that is the Ozzie housing market truly […]

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GFC – nothing learnt

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By Catherine Cashmore Cross posted from all over the web, including Naked Capitalism. Yves here. This post looks at how little has been done in the wake of the global financial crisis is instructive because it takes an international view. The Australian writer, Catherine Cashmore, is particularly anxious about the failure to address the usually […]

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Lobbyocracy revealed in pursuit of NSW’s windfall gains

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The unfolding ICAC investigation in NSW is set to reveal the tight network between property developers and the political process. Neil Chenoweth, lead investigative journalist at the Fin Review has written this extraordinary piece, outlining just how effective counsel Geoffrey Watson has been in unveiling the corruptive process on both the left and right. Chenoweth […]

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Trusting the Murdocracy

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photo credit: Lee Carson The term corporate espionage has been taken to a new level in what surely ranks as a more significant than the phone hacking scandal.The revelation that News Corporation, via its News of the World Paper, hired a covert hacking team called NDS to dismember competitors revenue generating mechanisms has reminded us […]

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Land Tax Lobbyists active as State Budget approaches

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Todays Age article on Land Tax Cuts Wont Bring Savings alerts all those interested in defending the communities right to a share of the free lunch land prices reflect. The next few weeks will see the property lobby step up their claims to pay less and less of the one tax their army of accountants […]

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