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Should trailer parks be trashed?

Should trailer parks be trashed?

With declining affordability we need to take a flexible approach to alternative housing options. We can learn from trailer parks; they're an important and sought-after housing option in the US

Is a $2 tax on Uber and taxi trips over the top?

Is a $2 tax on Uber and taxi trips over the top?

Victoria will put taxis and Uber on a common footing with light regulation. It will impose a $2 per trip tax on both modes to fund compensation for taxi license owners

Apartment living: are regulators keeping up?

Apartment living: are regulators keeping up?

Complaints about smoking on apartment balconies highlight the failure of regulators to address the special problems of the growing proportion of Australians who live in multi-unit housing

Is regulation more than ‘white hat’ vs ‘black hat’?

Is regulation more than ‘white hat’ vs ‘black hat’?

Debate on regulation is often conceived as "nanny-staters" vs "unabombers". But the debate on the mandatory bicycle helmet law shows it's often more complex than black hat vs white hat

Should the six star rating be dumped?

Should the six star rating be dumped?

The Fairfax press reported yesterday the Victorian Government is considering a proposal to abolish the mandatory 6 star energy rating for new houses and renovations, and replace it with a voluntary industry code. This morning however, The Age reports the Premier, Ted Baillieu, has done an about-face and ruled out any change. If the Government really […]

Are planning regulations making retailing uncompetitive?

Are planning regulations making retailing uncompetitive?

I agree with Australia’s retailers and the Productivity Commission that imported internet purchases valued at less than $1,000 should be subject to GST. But I only agree in-principle. The trouble is, as the Productivity Commission’s report on retailing released last week shows, the administrative effort required to levy the GST would cost more than the […]