Freedom from the commercial vacancy straightjacket

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                For over a decade we have reported on concerns over commercial vacancies in our Speculative Vacancies report. This is the first time we have been interviewed on this aspect of vacancy. Our latest such report found a 9.1% commercial vacancy rate throughout greater Melbourne during a period when yet again the media were gasping about […]

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                Aristocracy, Land and Dove

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                Geoists in History Patrick Edward Dove (1815-1873) by Karl Williams “So long as the aristocracy have all the land, and derive the rent of it, the labourer is only a serf, and a serf he will remain until he has uprooted the rights of private landed property. The land is for the nation, and not […]

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                Victorian Budget Perspectives

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                Taken from our fortnightly Evolving Economics enews.Subscribe here Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas has delivered a great set of budget measures which will improve the resilience, fairness and efficiency of Victoria’s tax system. This budget features a number of changes Prosper has advocated for years. Now that the Victoria is facing a stamp duty decimation, savvy […]

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                Pallas backhands ‘Tennis Court Exemption’ as Vic’s finances shrink away

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                Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas has pre-announced Land Tax changes ahead of Monday night’s state budget. Expect a dramatic budget contraction as Victoria’s key ‘own revenue’ source, Stamp Duty, has shrunk with the fall in both property transaction volumes and prices. “The government says stamp duty revenue will collapse by an average of $1.3 billion a […]

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                Ricardo’s Classical Political Economy

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                Geoists in History David Ricardo (1772-1823) by Karl Williams “The interest of the landlord is always opposed to the interests of every other class in the community.” The father of classical political economy, David Ricardo, was more than a theoretical economist for his economics armed the reformers attacking the agricultural aristocracy’s obscene economic privileges. While […]

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                2019 Federal election policy comparison

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                The 2019 Federal Election is only a few days away… But how can you maximise your vote to shift the tax system away from unproductive rent seeking? Which parties have the best policies to deter land speculation, and reduce wealth inequality from inflated land prices? Prosper has produced a brief policy scorecard for parties with […]

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                The Monthly Discussion in May – Who Owns Outer Space?

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                What: Discuss + Debate + Drinks + Pizza When: Wednesday, May 29 Time:?6pm Cost:?Free “The Earth is the cradle of humanity but mankind cannot stay in the cradle forever” -Konstantin Tsiolkovsky Private companies are actively promoting plans to mine in Outer Space, and for the first time, these are seeming not far-fetched, but probable. ?Thus, […]

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                Podcast: Justice Before Liberty, ok!

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                Renegade Economists Show 575 As broadcast on the 3CR airwaves 6 – 6.30pm on the last Wednesday of the month. Subscribe to the weekly podcast. Show Notes Part 2 of Karl’s Georgist course – the key essentials to this timeless philosophy. We discuss first principles including birth rights, primary factors of production, justice, liberty and […]

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                The Monthly Discussion in April – IP Monopoly and publicly funding R&D

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                What: Discuss + Debate + Drinks + Pizza When: Wednesday, April 24 Time:?6pm Cost:?Free In a world of rapid technological development and innovation, how can the public ensure a fair return on Intellectual Property (IP) monopolies while furthering investment in R&D and technology? As time goes on, the advancement of technology sees the value of […]

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                Work With Us

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                Prosper Australia is currently looking for a Marketing Communications expert. Full details can be found here. Prosper Australia is an independent, not-for-prot organisation campaigning for economic justice. Our agenda includes research and advocacy for reforms such as land value capture for transport infrastructure, rezoning windfall gains taxation, shared equity housing models, recombining natural monopolies, and […]

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