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Fishing for a free ride in Macquarie Harbour

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In April last year, the High Court of Australia affirmed the right of a West Tasmanian council to levy rates on the seabed within its municipal boundaries. This precedent means, in a legal sense, land is land, even underwater. It has implications for industrial activity on submerged lands like offshore wind farms, tidal turbines and […]

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A misguided attack on Land Value Taxes

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by Noah Smith The idea of a Land Value Tax (LVT) is to tax the value of land independently of the value of improvements on that land (e.g. buildings, farms, or mines). Separating the value of a plot of land from the value of the structure built on top of it is a very difficult […]

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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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The eternal sunshine of the empty mind

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The Queensland Supreme Court has struck out the differential rate some Queensland councils charge investors over and above residents on similar properties.  Councils may be forced to pay it all back.  $300 million a year is in doubt. This landmark decision exposes the folly at least 19 Queensland councils have indulged in.  They are clueless […]

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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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Global financial collapse – what’s happening to us?

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Land price too high

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From the Canberra Times 5 April 2012. Your article “Capital’s housing prices highest in the country” (April 3, p1) was missing one very important word – land. As we move toward Canberra’s centenary celebrations it is time to reflect on the great wedge that is driving an ever increasing gap between the privileged and unprivileged […]

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Moonee Valley Council’s three strikes

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21 Nov 2011 Moonee Valley Leader Council’s three strikes HINDSIGHT (‘‘Cinema plan stalled’’, Leader, November 14) has confirmed what we suspected at the time: the first mistake by the former Moonee Valley Council commissioners was to close the Moonee Ponds Market. We lost fresh food retail variety. Their second mistake was to sell the market […]

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NSW Stamp Duty a foul and putrid mess

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photo credit: dcmaster Barry O’Farrell was elected Premier of NSW in March this year. His first budget announced Tuesday raised a storm of protest – not over a realignment of government priorities to his conservative Coalition’s agenda, but on Stamp Duty. The previous Keneally ALP government had exempted first home buyers (on houses up to […]

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Land Tax REDUCES Rents

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Dr Gavin Putland of the Land Values Research Group drives a stake through a vampire heart in the Letters page of today’s Australian Financial Review Joanne Seve (Letters, August 5) regurgitates the property lobby’s favourite untruth, namely that land tax is passed on to tenants. In its crudest form, this argument expects the reader to […]

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