Monthly Archives: August 2013

Great article by Bob Douglas

This article highlights how broken our political process is and provides a critical example of how issues that both major parties agree on (or ignore) are virtually removed from democratic scrutiny. I wrote an article related to this one in … Continue reading

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Want to be healthy, wealthy and wise? Pay more tax.

The consistently measured and sensible Ken Henry this week criticised both major parties for promising not to raise taxes. The Labor party has promised not to increase the total federal government tax take beyond 23.5% and the Coalition have promised … Continue reading

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New article in The Conversation about land taxes

This just published today. Go here for the original. BCA wants your home taxed – and it’s actually a good idea By Warwick Smith, University of Melbourne Housing affordability is an issue that perennially haunts political discourse. It rarely becomes … Continue reading

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Land taxes are hard to avoid

This is the third of a series of posts providing extra information for an article in The Conversation about land taxes. Federal treasury just released a scoping paper on corporate taxation and have warned that they are basically impotent when … Continue reading

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Land taxes reduce house prices and increase housing supply

This is the second of a series of posts providing extra information for an article in The Conversation about land taxes. Last year it was estimated that there were over 90,000 vacant houses in Melbourne alone that were not available … Continue reading

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Land taxes can recoup government expenditure on public infrastructure

This is the first of a series of posts providing extra information for an article in The Conversation about land taxes. The World Bank produced a report in 2008 titled Unlocking Land Values for Financing Urban Infrastructure. This report assesses … Continue reading

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