Prosper’s PRRT submission

by Dr Cameron Murray Summary 1. Successful reforms of oil and gas resource taxation that reclaim the public’s rightful share of resource rents will be vigorously contested with extensive lobbying and campaigning. The oil and gas industry is also likely to challenge...

Xenophon changes tune on super access

Cycling into work yesterday I bumped into the good Senator Nick Xenophon. I had to yell out “No super access for First Home Owners”! He responded so I hit the brakes and we had a short chat. In good news, Nick said that he had changed his position:...

In favour of Land Tax

Letters to the Editor Bryan Kavanagh Glen Waverley 13.04.2015 The expected backlash to “A tax on land would be fair, efficient and unpopular” (Comment, 8/4) has arrived (Letters, 9 and 10/4). The wealthy will cry crocodile tears for asset-rich, income-poor...

Economic rents subsidise taxes on capital

Following the recent Treasury submission to the Federal government’s Tax White Paper, which highlighted the positive marginal excess burden of Land Tax, is a more detailed analytical paper from Treasury using extensive modelling to report on the incidence and...

OECD’s Housing Concerns

Yesterday’s OECD Economic Survey of Australia pinpointed key areas of risk.   As Philip Soos and Paul Egan showed today in their 21 chart pack, Australia’s land bubble and accommodating credit cycle opens the economy to incredible risk. But the Abbott...

Freebairn: engaging States in tax reform

Press Release Last night Professor John Freebairn gave a passionate speech at the 123rd Annual Henry George Commemorative Dinner, on the difficulty of meaningful tax reform. “The problem is we don’t have a Paul Keating or a Peter Costello who is willing to spend...

Harnessing Monopoly to Finance Government

The Total Resource Rents of Australia report finds the complete removal of income, company and sales tax is possible by replacement with a tax on monopolies such as water trading, cyber squatting, taxi licenses and land. “Economists have for hundreds of years pointed...