Lessons for China from Canberra

GET IT RIGHT FIRST UP. LAY DOWN THE POLICY WELL IN THE FIRST INSTANCE.  (A RIVER IS ALWAYS PUREST AT ITS SOURCE.)

Here’s my presentation to the China land policy workshop in Chengdu yesterday. Bryan-Chengdu-final-中文

It doesn’t mention that the ACT still captures a little of the rent for local government, and that it is replacing stamp duty from extending land value capture, but that came out in later discussion.

There’s no doubt some of the Chinese academics at the workshop have “seen the cat”, and let’s hope China will adopt a system of land value capture, rather than selling off her land for a “once-only” gain.

A lovely dinner last night with all the speakers, after the two-day workshop.

I thank the organisers of the conference, The College of Architecture and Environment, Sichuan University, and Professor Dirk Loehr, Environmental Campus Birkenfeld, University of Applied Sciences Trier, Germany for my invitation to speak.

It was heartening to learn we have equally committed brothers and sisters operating out of Germany and China – and I can recommend a visit to Dr Dirk Loehr’s blogsite: “Rent Grabbing”.

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