Former Victorian Premier, Jeff Kennett, who has a regular spot on Neil Mitchell’s 3AW radio show displayed this morning that he’s a sad case – a very shallow fellow.

Though premier of a state, Kennett apparently didn’t discover, or doesn’t want to own up to discovering, the treasure trove the economic rent of our natural resources represents.

Callers rang in complaining about the privatising of our roads, the level of taxation and our rapidly escalating gas, electricity and water charges.

Kennett was left floundering to the effect that if people want more and better services, they had to be prepared to pay for them.

Sure, Jeff, but it’s all about FROM WHERE you draw your revenues! You don’t understand this?

I think you know the 1% is free-riding on OUR land and natural resource rents–you do understand resource rents, don’t you, Jeff?–but I’ve only ever heard you agree with the 1% that their state land tax is too high.

So the community doesn’t have any interest in capturing more of the rent from skyrocketing land prices that arise simply from existence of community and community infrastructure, Jeff – NOT from anything the 1% does?

C’mon! You’re a sad case, either ignorant of economic rents, or in the thrall of the 1% who control the greater part of them.  Just like Neil Mitchell.

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You say we need more funds to tackle poverty, homelessness, health, education and infrastructure? I say instituting the Henry Tax Review is a BIG step towards solving those problems.

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