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Empty Dwellings During Housing Crisis?

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Today’s Sydney Morning Herald article on Empty Dwellings in a City Desperate for Places to Live has exposed the raft of vacancies prevalent when land banking trumps housing affordability. It quotes how 122,211 sites were vacant in the 2006 census, reminding us of the findings from the I Want to Live Here report. Negative gearing […]

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Unprintable Remarks On The Budget – Gavin Putland

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The day after the 2008 Federal Budget, Gavin Putland (our Research Officer) sent three letters to newspapers. This one was sent to THE AGE, which exercised its editorial discretion not to publish: Cop-out On Inflation And Rents If a Budget is to be anti-inflationary, it must stimulate supply more than demand. Most importantly, it must […]

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Rating Federal Treasury’s Performance

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By Bryan Kavanagh Treasury’s mission is “to improve the wellbeing of the Australian people by providing sound and timely advice to the Government, based on objective and thorough analysis of options, and by assisting Treasury Ministers in the administration of their responsibilities and the implementation of Government decisions.” It aims to assist: 1. A sound […]

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Interest Rates Shoot the Messenger

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March 08 figures reveal that loans for first home owners dropped to just 16.4% of owner-occupied approvals. Yes 16.4%! The Great Australian Dream is being dominated by baby boomers and/ or speculators. Those that most need a roof over their heads are the last in the queue. Why is this so? Loans for new dwellings […]

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Submission To The Budget For The Knox City Council

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by Anne Schmid JUNE 2006 This submission is made with particular reference to the proposed introduction of the waste collection charge. I ask the question – Are user charges better than rates? What is the next charge going to be? Traditionally councils have relied on rates for their revenue and a push to obtain local […]

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Canberra’s Leasehold Land System

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by Leo Foley The primary source for this paper is “Canberra in Crisis” by Frank Brennan, 1971 The Road to Leasehold – the origins of the Canberra leasehold system.. Canberra is the offspring of politics and a social ideal. The politics were those of Federation and nation making. The ideal was one of social and […]

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