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The fragrant vagrant is not a rose by another name

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Melbourne City Council is wringing its hands again over developer land vagrancy – prime sites deliberately held vacant or with disused, dangerous buildings to assist developer lobbying of government for rezoning or advantageous building permits. The issue last hit the news when a wall collapsed at the old CUB site in Swanston Street in 2013 […]

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Victoria to cap the single best tax base available

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The Andrews government is capping local governments rate rises to CPI after fifteen years of six per cent rises in a low inflation environment. Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins’ Fair Go Rates System, administered by the Essential Services Commission, will crack the whip over naughty spendthrift councils. The ESC has released its draft report […]

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The valuation conundrum – not.

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By Bryan Kavanagh and David Collyer   This week’s game-changer, the Property Taxes paper by Grattan Institute has a minor error on land valuation that needs correcting before it becomes a gift to the opponents of reform.   Grattan is acutely aware that on this topic they are treading ground with an illustrious history. They […]

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Queensland’s Retrospective Theft

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  Midnight Wednesday, the Queensland Parliament amended the Local Government Act and the City of Brisbane Act to legalise the theft of around $2.3 billion in differential rates charged by 20 councils on non-resident owners over the last twenty years. The Queensland government’s instinctive response puts protecting the revenues ahead of the law and the […]

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Goody Goody Goody!

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Sometimes, through the smoke and fireworks of the national debate a political commentator sees the path forward and points the way. Today in the Australian Financial Review, Alan Mitchell takes a far-sighted approach to the crisis provoked by the Abbott government in its attempt to raise and broaden the GST. The Liberal Party has long […]

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CIV Rates Make Families Subsidize Land Speculators

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17 October 2012 The survey of Victorian local government candidates conducted by Prosper Australia ahead of the 26 October election reveals few candidates understand where and how councils are funded. “We learned only a handful appreciate Site Value Rating is a superior rate base to Capital Improved Value,” Prosper Australia Campaign Manager David Collyer said […]

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Not the Queensland Budget Speech

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. . . … Madam Speaker, if the Government is to balance the Budget in these difficult times, it cannot afford to indulge in forms of taxation that shrink the economy from which all public revenue is drawn. In some allegedly “conservative” circles, it has been argued — apparently with a straight face — that […]

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What a load of garbage!

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Hobsons Bay Council is considering charging residents by the kilogram for garbage removal. While markets have their place, putting a price on rubbish will have many unintended consequences, few of them pleasant. The anti-social will cost-shift, stuffing their garbage into neighbors’ bins in the middle of the night. Locked bins? What about pedestrians who drop […]

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Big Holes or Money Pits?

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Major transport projects costing billions are being proposed for Sydney and Melbourne to shrink these sprawling cities. NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell’s plans to ‘fix’ Parramatta Road by ripping it up and installing the M3 in a cut-and-cover tunnel. The poor state of Parramatta Road has ruined the sleep of every NSW Premier since Charles Cowper […]

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Seller Strike, Buyer Strike

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The solid new trend of falling house prices is confirmed by the ABS today with real prices now in retreat for seven quarters and the downward path accelerating.

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