Victoria

The Monthly Discussion in November – Victoria votes!

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The Monthly Discussion in November – Victoria votes! What: Discuss + Debate + Drinks + Pizza When: Wednesday, November 7 Time: 6pm Cost: Free Come along to the Monthly Discussion in November for the Great Victorian Election Debate! We analyse the policies and the promises, the past record and the rhetoric, through the lens of […]

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Victorian Budget Formula

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Read our Victorian budget submission for further detail on the following issues. A first glance at the Victorian State Budget sees an election year budget, light on reform, big on expenditure. The billowing Victorian land market underpinned most of the spending, with $7.1 bn in stamp duties alone. Some say that the property sector was […]

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Value Capture for Victoria

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  Debate over the new Melbourne Metro Tunnel and the funding needed is expected to heat up now that PM Abbott has said the $1.5 for the E-W Link is ‘locked in a box’. An interesting article in The Age highlighted the need for value capture: One idea floated this week, including by one of […]

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Future Melbourne hampered by rate cap

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Last night I attended the Melbourne City Council’s Future Melbourne Meeting to speak on the dangers the Andrews Government rating cap has placed on council revenue raising. Cr Stephen Mayne had an interesting motion that caught my eye via twitter: Future Melbourne Committee Agenda item 7.6 10 February 2015 Notice of Motion, Cr Mayne: Land […]

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Privatise at your own peril Premier

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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 Queensland campaign focused on the Newman privatisation agenda, the election outcome paints a warning as […]

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Rates Cap to Continue Vicious Circle

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“Victorian Labor’s capping of local council rates plays straight into the hands of Tony Abbott’s pro-GST revenue centralisation agenda” stated Prosper Australia Project Director Karl Fitzgerald. “The integrity of Victoria’s local council rating independence was dealt another blow by the arbitrary limit on council revenues. Local Councils will now have to deal with more red […]

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Vic Govt need for policy integrity

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The new Andrews Government provides a fresh opportunity for reviewing the role of state revenues. The current property bubble has provided a windfall in Stamp Duty revenues allowing for considered reform. The hot topics the State government must address to enhance its policy integrity include: the leasing arrangement for the Port of Melbourne the role […]

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Mernda Infrastructure: The Public Right to a Return on Investment

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With ALP leader Daniel Andrews’ announcement today of plans to extend the rail line to Mernda, the question arises of how to finance it. “The $600m cost will probably be sourced from general revenue. But we ask, why don’t the public receive a better return on investment for major infrastructure expenditures?” stated Prosper Australia Project […]

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Necessary Vic State Government housing policy improvements

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A budget for the people by the people may well see some of the following policy reforms announced at tomorrow night’s State budget: Reiterate Local Council financial independence The Labor Parties naivete in announcing a proposed cap on local council rates must be denounced. The State Govt should encourage such financial independence (especially in light […]

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Premier Baillieu – Victoria’s Tax Architect

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photo credit: mugley The Baillieu government has just received a major report into Victoria’s economic efficiency that offers a clear path to redesign state taxes, advance living standards and make Victoria an absolute magnet for employment and investment. “Ted Baillieu can write history and be Victoria’s Great Architect through tax reform.” Prosper Australia Campaign Manager […]

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