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Andrew’s Rate Capping Folly

Cr Stephen Mayne invited a Prosper presentation at the Future Melbourne meeting last night. This followed on from the February MCC meeting I presented to in reaction to the short sighted Victorian Government decision to cap local council rating. Cr Mayne had asked...

Privatise at your own peril Premier

Queensland's weekend election saw the largest turnaround in Australian political history. A landslide against the ALP at the last election, now one back their way this time spells an electorate concerned with the economic vision for their future. With much of the...

The Climate Fund Under Our Feet

Thursday February 26th, 6.30pm Level 2, 22 Punch Lane, Melbourne Presenter: Karl Fitzgerald RSVP Last year was Australia’s 3rd hottest on record. The likelihood of a radical future grows with each day we do not take action. The need for greater economic flexibility is...

Value Capture trumps Tolls

Yesterday's press release was quoted in The Age article Pay Up: Grand Plan to get big projects built. After quoting the soft option of tolling drivers, which has failed spectacularly as a financing mechanism in NSW and QLD, the article moves on to quote the RACV's...

Infrastructure Funding Diversity

Cross posted from The Conversation  By Chris Hale Public transport has a problem with money. Campaigners often argue that mass transit is a public good in its own right, and hence should be very cheap or even free. Mainstream media and even many self-proclaimed...

Privatisation and Public Finance

photo credit: Peter Blanchard The failure of both sides of politics to understand the role of effective public finance is undermining Australia's future. Stamp duties in Victoria are plummeting, undermining the Baillieu government's determination to deliver a budget...