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Foreign ownership of Australian agricultural land

Foreign ownership of Australian agricultural land

Photo by Steven Penton cc. On 29 September 2017 an updated register was released detailing foreign ownership of Australian agricultural land, available here from the Foreign Investment Review Board for the 2016-17 year. The 2015-16 report is available...

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10 Questions for Sam Dastyari on power

10 Questions for Sam Dastyari on power

Labor senator Sam Dastyari made the statement this week that there is something "fundamentally wrong and rotton" with the influence corporate Australia has over the Australian political process, while speaking at a Pub in Canberra. From SBS: Labor senator Sam Dastyari...

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Negative Gearing: Friend or Foe?

Negative Gearing: Friend or Foe?

Source for above is here. Recently Domain published a comment piece by Jamie Alcock, associate professor in Finance at the University of Sydney Business School, titled, "Busting the five myths about negative gearing". The first issue with the article is...

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Bob Day sells out

Bob Day sells out

The following letter to the editor was sent to the Australian Financial review on the 24th September 2014 regarding "Housing worse with no negative gearing". In his maiden speech, Senator Bob Day correctly stated, “if every family had a job and owned a house, the...

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A taxpayer walks into a bank

A taxpayer walks into a bank

This submission is written with the intent of making a constructive contribution toward the Financial System Inquiry terms of reference points 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 and 4.4 as well as two interim report observations which are 'Stability - Addressing too big to fail' and...

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Should the Senate listen to The Australian on economics?

On Friday the 11th of July 2014, The Australian published, "Educating crossbench in conventional economics" , about the importance of our Government living within its means and keeping debt under control. Whether PUP, Labor & the Greens are concerned about any of...

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Judith Sloan trips on negative gearing

Judith Sloan trips on negative gearing

A response to Judith Sloan supporting negative gearing in, “Doomsayers ignore the facts when picking targets.” Imagine you are the new CEO of a successful Australian media organisation that is merely a subsidiary of a larger international parent. New to your role, you...

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Steve Keen

Steve Keen

The purpose of this post is to have a look through Steve Keen’s manifesto to see if there are any potential policy takeaways that can be applied to TTP.

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Land tax: Leith van Onselen vs Alan Kohler

Land tax: Leith van Onselen vs Alan Kohler

Commentating on a commentator who is commentating on a commentator who is commentating on rumors that a deficit levy may be introduced in the upcoming budget, where those same rumors include the fact that the Greens & Labor are likely to block any such change may seem a little pointless, but since I can smell a land tax argument coming, let’s have a peek.

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The AFR and Bob Officer

The AFR and Bob Officer

Image above by Alex. The Australian Financial Review (aka the AFR) raised the negative gearing issue on 24 February 2014, when they published an opinion piece by Bob Officer titled, "Removing negative gearing would be a mistake", link here. Bob Officer is professor...

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Land tax & Macrobusiness. Comments turned off?

Land tax & Macrobusiness. Comments turned off?

Image above by Wonderlane. Macrobusiness posted an article today titled "All taxes come out of rents", link here. For some reason, I became unable to comment on my third response to an exchange with @Rumplestatskin. Two emails to Macrobusiness and a few exchanges on...

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Affordable housing inquiry submission

Affordable housing inquiry submission

Image above by Woodleywonderworks. Australian Government inquiries usually lead to reports that are ignored. Will this affordable housing inquiry be any different? Only time will tell. Below is my submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Economics for the...

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Smartcompany

Smartcompany

Image above by DoodleDeMoon. From the About Us page at SmartCompany: SmartCompany is a completely free news, information and resource site for Australia's entrepreneurs, small and medium business owners and business managers to help keep them ahead of their...

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The AFR macroprudential policy questions

The AFR macroprudential policy questions

The AFR macroprudential policy questions Most of the editorial in the Australian Financial Review (The AFR) on 18 September 2013 called "Keeping a lid on housing prices" seemed quite reasonable, except for the last paragraph. The last paragraph reads, As the RBA...

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How to compare 16 politicians on affordable housing policy

How to compare 16 politicians on affordable housing policy

The purpose of this post is to work out who I will vote for in the House of Representatives based solely on the issue of affordable housing for the 2013 Federal Election. There are 16 candidates standing for the House of Representatives and 97 standing for the Senate...

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Apprentice wages and meditation

Apprentice wages and meditation

I have been overseas from late January and returned 29 March, last Friday. The last five weeks were spent at Wat Pah Nanachat in Thailand doing mindfulness of breathing. If meditation is a relatively unknown topic for you, there are two reasonable articles on it here...

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