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The Persistent Puzzle – Speculative Vacancies 10

December 17, 2020 - 18:10 -- Admin

Our 10th investigation into vacant land and housing in Melbourne is available here. Share this short highlights piece. Watch the report presentation: Key Findings • Water usage data finds 69,004 properties vacant, a ratio of 4.1% in 2019. • Vacancies recorded in 2019 could house 185,000 people at current household averages. • Vacancies increased 13.3% […]

Housing vacancies continue to increase as land price booms

December 2, 2020 - 10:22 -- Admin

Vacant Residential Land Tax is ineffective in curtailing property vacancies in Melbourne. Policy must prioritise housing as a human right, not a profit generating tool.  Budget housing policy will drive up land prices, countering the need for fairer post-covid housing stability. The Victorian government must take seriously the role of vacant housing in influencing housing […]

From Precarity to Self-Preservation

November 27, 2020 - 13:26 -- Admin

Renegade Economists Show 590 As broadcast on the 3CR airwaves 6 – 6.30pm on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Subscribe to the monthly podcast. Show Notes Karl reviews Australia’s recent land valuation bonanza, what it means for social equity and how recent government public policy has dealt with it. As we emerge from the […]

Big Pharma’s Covid Exposure

October 29, 2020 - 15:59 -- Admin

Renegade Economists Show 589 As broadcast on the 3CR airwaves 6 – 6.30pm on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Subscribe to the monthly podcast. Show Notes Has Big Pharma exposed society to undue risk in the covid era? In our 2nd episode on this issue, Tahir Amin ( takes us through the R & […]

8 Years on, Homebuyers Winning from ACT’s Pioneering Tax Reforms

October 13, 2020 - 15:49 -- Admin

A new report for Prosper Australia finds the ACT government’s twenty-year tax reform program is achieving more than its three key aims of predictability, efficiency and equity. Read the report The Second Interval: Evaluating the ACT’s 20 Year Land Value Taxation transition after 8 years. Prosper Australia Research Director, Karl Fitzgerald said: “The transition has […]

What augurs, Frydenberg?

October 1, 2020 - 12:01 -- Admin

Photo by Justin Clark on Unsplash The Federal budget is set to be handed down next week and, as usual, we are concerned about the Treasurer pump-priming land markets. As Prosper President, Catherine Cashmore, described in a recent interview with Martin North, the Australian property sector has taken on “too big to fail” characteristics in […]