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Decentralisation made easy

July 9, 2017 - 17:19 -- Admin

As Australian capital cities spill out into their hinterland, our regional cities and towns serviced by good infrastructure are failing worse than ever to attract their share of population growth. Politicians regularly breast-beat about this developmental imbalance, occasionally sending this or that centrally-located administrative department off to the regions in order to redress this lopsidedness […]

A Radar for Common Sense

July 6, 2017 - 16:01 -- Admin

Our Renegade Economists radio show is celebrating its 500th show next week. Here are some recent highlights: The International Union for Land Value Taxation’s Alanna Hartzok discusses the political implications of a world unable to comprehend the onslaught of record land prices, immigration and inequality. UN developments alongside water rights are also analysed. Check the […]

Who will know who owns the land?

July 4, 2017 - 15:42 -- Admin

The Andrews government intends to sell Victoria’s land titles registry to private interests for an expected $2 billion – a mere detail in the May budget. This is no ordinary asset sell-off: land is the single largest asset class in Australia and the central public register of who holds what is arguably the raison d’etre […]

Boom-bust and the Australian banks

June 26, 2017 - 17:29 -- Admin

Australia experienced an increasingly gigantic bubble in land prices during the 1880s and the beginning of the 1890s, and the city of Melbourne became bubble-central. Michael Cannon provides an excellent account of the period in The Land Boomers. Henry George’s masterwork Progress and Poverty had hit the streets in the United States in 1879 and […]

Game of Mates – Melbourne Book Launch

June 15, 2017 - 15:21 -- Admin

In 2015 Dr. Cameron Murray released an influential paper investigating the nexus between relationship networks and land rezonings in Queensland. Fairfax journalist Michael Pascoe stated the paper ‘should have brought down state and local governments, sparked a royal commission and radically changed the Australian housing industry’. Murray has built on this game theory approach in […]

Prosper’s Evolution

June 14, 2017 - 15:24 -- Admin

Dear supporters, The work of Prosper Australia is being discussed more often by government and independent economists. More economic journalists are now referring to the good sense of introducing a range of better land taxation measures. Meetings with the Victorian Treasury and the State Revenue Office are becoming commonplace. Our work has been referenced by […]

1 + 2 adds up!

June 13, 2017 - 11:45 -- Admin

These two interesting quotes assist to make the Georgist case that land prices and taxes are both problematical:- (1) Richard Cobden: “Cheated, Robbed and Bamboozled” “I warn ministers, and I warn landlords and the aristocracy of this country, against forcing on the attention of the middle and industrial classes, the subject of taxation ….. If you […]