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A case for land value tax in Tasmania: transitional community land trust towards affordable housing

Gruzman, E 2015 , 'A case for land value tax in Tasmania: transitional community land trust towards affordable housing', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Affordable housing is an increasing issue in Tasmania, this is especially so concerning affordable rental properties. The neoliberal discourse is currently focused on individual households achieving first homeownership. This is attained through constantly subsidizing low-income households to purchase unaffordable homes. The hypothesis is that a onetime subsidy of perpetual affordable housing for low-income household could facilitate homeownership without the need of constantly subsidizing individual households. The thesis researches if Community Land Trusts can be established as a transitional phase before implementing Land Value Tax. The findings demonstrate that Community Land Trusts can be part of a transitional phase before Land Value Tax is implemented in Tasmania. Land Value Tax could replace other State taxes, like conveyance duty and payroll tax, and effectively make Tasmania the most competitive taxed state in Australia. This is researched with social constructionism and standpoint theory as theoretical frame, which allows for a critical analyses on the prevalent neoliberal discourse while applying a mixed methodology of qualitative and quantitative analysis.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Gruzman, E
Keywords: land value tax; community land trust; affordable housing; rental properties; Henry George; Tasmania; neoliberalism
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