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Australia’s ‘watergate’: here’s what taxpayers need to know about water buybacks


Australia’s ‘watergate’: here’s what taxpayers need to know about water buybacks

In 2017, the then agriculture minister, Barnaby Joyce, signed off on an A$80 million purchase of a water entitlement from a company called Eastern Australia Agriculture.

The problem is that Energy Minister Angus Taylor used to be a director of Eastern Australia Agriculture – though he didn’t have a financial interest – and the company is a liberal party donor. What’s more, the value of the water purchased for A$80 million is under question.

Now, as the election looms, this issue has resurfaced. But why should taxpayers be concerned?

Water buybacks using an open tender were halted by the current government in 2015, even though this is the most cost-effective way to set aside water for the environment. Instead, the government pronounced that subsidies for irrigators were a better deal.

Until 2015, the government bought back most water using an open tender process, before it was replaced by a subsidy scheme for irrigation and occasional closed tenders.

The problem with the closed tender process is that it tends to lack transparency, which raises questions about how effectively the government is spending public money. And it’s hard to prove closed tenders deliver the most cost effective outcome.

The Murray-Darling Basin is a very productive agricultural zone and its rivers have been used to boost agricultural outputs through irrigation.

State governments spent much of the 20th century allocating this water to agricultural users. By the 1990s it was clear too much water was being extracted. This resulted in both harm to the river environment and potential reduced reliability for those with existing water rights.

Various attempts to rein in extractions were made around this time, but ultimately the Murray-Darling Basin Plan was adopted to deal with the problem.

In agreeing on the plan, the federal government committed to spending A$13 billion to reduce the amount of water being extracted from the Murray-Darling Basin. To accomplish this the government has two basic strategies.

One involves buying up existing rights for water use. The other hinges on using subsidies so farmers use less water when irrigating.

Reducing water extraction from the basin

The second approach of using subsidies is generally more politically appealing. This is because few farmers ever object to receiving a subsidy and the public has an affinity with the idea of “saving” water.

The problem, however, is that subsidies are a more costly way of returning water to the river system than simply buying back existing water rights. And so-called water savings are hard to measure how much water savings are a result of subsidies or some other factor.

This is why some analysts even claim subsidies are reducing the level of water available for the environment.

Buying back water rights is generally more cost-effective than providing subsidies. But a clear and transparant process still matters because water rights are not the same for everyone and it’s a complex process to determine their overall value.

Allocations and entitlements

First, most water users hold a legal right, known as an entitlement. Water entitlements represent the long-term amount of water that can be taken and used – subject to rain, of course.

Second, water allocations represent the amount of water currently available against a given entitlement – this is the water that is available now.

If a farmer owns an entitlement in the River Murray, chances are the annual allocation will be determined by how much water has flowed into upstream storages like Hume Dam, Dartmouth Dam or Lake Eildon.

Even then the allocation will vary, depending on which state issued the original entitlement. For instance, New South Wales water is generally allocated more aggressively. This means NSW entitlements tend to be less reliable in dry years than Victorian or South Australian entitlements.

If a farmer owns an entitlement where there are no upstream storages, as is the case with much of the Darling River system, then the allocation will vary depending on how much water is flowing in the river.

So what?

All of this means the amount of water that can actually be used for the environment when an entitlement passes to the government will depend heavily on the underlying characteristics of the water right.

Partly for this reason, water buybacks were historically conducted using an open tender process.

This meant the government would announce its willingness to buy water entitlements. Farmers would then notify the government about what entitlements they held and the price they were prepared to take.

Running an open tender allowed the government to assess the value for money of the different entitlements on offer at the time.

Water buybacks through open tender began seriously in about 2007 to 2008. This meant the price owners were prepared to sell for would be registered, and then the government would determine which offer provided the best value. Around 60% of all water now held for the environment by the Commonwealth was secured through open tenders.

As a general rule, a relatively high-reliability water entitlement was bought for about $2,000 per megalitre and this has become the metric for many in the market. But the current government halted this process in 2015.

Now, the government buys water through direct negotiation with water-entitlement holders.

The government justified ending open-tender buybacks on the basis that the water being secured was causing undue harm to rural and regional communities. And, instead, much more expensive subsidies would supposedly generate a better overall return.

This view is not universally shared. The receipts from openly tendered water entitlements were being used by many farmers to adjust their business, while still staying in the region.

Many rural communities continue to thrive, regardless of the strategy chosen to secure water for the environment. Subsidies also tend to favour particular irrigators rather than the community in general.

Having set aside the cheapest option of open-tender buybacks and declaring support for irrigation subsidies, the problem the government now faces is that it must explain why closed tenders persisted (albeit in isolated cases) and were signed off by Ministers as good value for money.

Closed tenders need not deliver a poor outcome for taxpayers. But it does mean the likelihood of establishing the best value for money is reduced, simply because there are fewer reference points.

And if it’s legitimate to overspend public money on irrigation infrastructure subsidies, the credibility of a supposedly cost-effective closed tender is also brought into question.

Economics and Head of School, University of South Australia

Disclosure statement

Professor Lin Crase is the South Australian branch president of the Australasian Agriculture and Resource Economics Society.


University of South Australia provides funding as a member of The Conversation AU.


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Quarterly rents have increased across all capital cities, bar Sydney and Darwin.

Brisbane rents are starting to climb again, with Brisbane now having a median weekly rent of $436. This is an increase of 0.8 per cent over the past quarter, and 1.4 per cent over the past 12 months.


At a glance:

  • CoreLogic has released its first Quarterly Rental Review for 2019, showing rents have risen by 1 per cent during the first three months of this year.
  • Sydney is the most expensive capital city to rent with a median weekly rent of $582 per week, while Perth is the cheapest at $385.
  • Quarterly rents have increased across all capital cities, bar Darwin and Sydney.

The first CoreLogic Quarterly Rental Review for 2019, which tracks median rents and rental yields across Australia, shows that national weekly rents have risen by 1 per cent during the first three months of the year.

“This seasonally strong first quarter has delivered the highest increase in weekly rents since the corresponding first quarter a year ago”, says Cameron Kusher, Research Analyst for CoreLogic. “Our regional housing markets are performing marginally better than the capital cities, many of which have been experiencing weaker rental…

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Property enthusiasm starting to wane, says report

There has been a sudden turnaround in housing sentiment despite the favourable market conditions, according to the latest Quarterly Property Sentiment Report from ME Bank.

Overall sentiment among buyers and sellers dropped over the last three months from the record high achieved in the first quarter of 2021. First-home buyers reported the lowest level of positive sentiment while investors recorded the highest.

Claudio Mazzarella, head of home loans and personal banking at ME Bank, said this was opposite of what happened last year when prices started to fall due to the pandemic.

“When property prices and interest rates lowered last year during the pandemic, a unique buying opportunity opened up for confident first home buyers with cash savings and secure employment, while many investors became nervous,” he said. “Now prices have rebounded strongly and affordability is going down, first home buyers aren’t feeling as positive.”

The report showed an increasing worry about the availability of residential properties. In fact, around three in five of Australians believe there is not enough choice in the current market. This was apparent among regional buyers, particularly in New South Wales.

“With more city dwellers moving to sea or tree change areas, supply is dwindling and adding pressure to prices,” Mazzarella said.

Given the perceived lack of supply, affordability becomes a concern for 91% of Australians. More than 60% of homebuyers expect prices to increase in the next 12 months.

While the increasing house prices spell bad news for first-home buyers, the trend has an opposite impact on existing homeowners and investors.

A quarter of investors want to cash in on high prices as they plan to sell their property in the next 12 months.

“Rising prices are making property owners feel wealthier, when many buyers are stretching their budgets to afford the limited but growing availability of stock on the market at the moment,” Mazzarella said.

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4 May, 2021 12:00

Easter holidays are now behind us, and this weekend was another test as to how strong the current property market is in Melbourne. The clearance rate was 77% from a massive 1084 auctions over the weekend. This again showed the strength and the resilience in the current market. Despite significant increases in stock levels, clearance rates remain high, close to 80%. The Sydney market continues its crazy trajectory with a clearance rate of 81% over the weekend, and there are stories of ridiculous prices being achieved over the reserve set.

Over the past few weeks, a number of people have asked for my opinion on the property market in Melbourne. It seems that everyone is interested in property now. They also seem to think that times have never been better for everyone working in the real estate market, but that ain’t quite true. Although clearance rates and sales are strong, stock is difficult to find in certain suburbs and municipalities, so demand continues to outstrip supply which is what’s driving up prices.

We are beginning to notice a couple of interesting things. The latest tenancy laws, ushered in by the Andrews government, mean more rights for tenants and far more onerous requirements for landlords to ensure their property is kept in good condition and safe for the tenants. As a result, some long-term owners are starting to exit the property market and are selling their investment properties. There doesn’t seem to be an avalanche of property yet in terms of established houses and apartment stock, but relatively new builds close to Melbourne’s CBD, Carlton, Docklands, and South Bank are a completely different story, with huge numbers on the market. Studio apartments have become the biggest casualty, with price falls of up to 40% from previous purchase prices. One needs to remember, though, that with these apartments, the lending restrictions by banks is what is keeping the prices down. Banks are not keen to lend against property which is less than 50 sqm in size like a studio and consider it a very high risk. The double whammy here for many of these vendors and landlords is that these apartments previously housed a number of foreign students, which is no longer the case now, so there is a loss of rent for at least 12 months. The general advice real estate agents are giving clients is to try and hold off selling these apartments in the CBD until things improve—until immigration and therefore rents improve.

This leads me to the next point I wanted to touch on, which is the current rentals situation. The massive numbers of properties available for rent in Melbourne’s CBD has seen rents plummeting to unprecedented levels, down 20% in parts of the CBD. I would expect this to continue over the next 6-12 months. Regional Victoria is at capacity in terms available rentals, leading to rent price increases. Anyone working in the city or looking for cheaper rent near infrastructure may have to change their preferences on property type and location.

As first-home buyers become priced out of the established property market in inner Melbourne, I believe we will begin to see these buyers turn their attention to the inner-city market, just because of affordability and comparative bang for the buck. So although I expect studio apartments to remain low for some time, I can see an improvement in the uptake of apartments in the CBD over the next 6-12 months. At the same time, though, we also expect large numbers of properties to continue to hit the market in these areas, so this may take time.

Last week the Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, was hinting at more stimulus plans in the next budget, due May 11, to avoid any recession. This is great news. It’s good to see the federal government not taking their foot off the accelerator but instead looking at ways to grow the economy and create jobs.

In order to see economic growth and ultimately wage increases, the Treasurer is hinting at an unemployment target of sub 5%. The Reserve Bank recently released their analysis, which had set the target at 4.5%. As at March, the unemployment rate in Australia was 5.6% but this was expected to increase with the ending of JobKeeper. So what does all this mean? Well, more spending to create more jobs and paid taxes. In fact, Josh Frydenberg said that in sharp contrast to previous recessions, following this one, “We are on track for the unemployment rate to recover in around two years.”

In his speech he said, “These are unusual and uncertain times, so we remain firmly in the first phase of our economic and fiscal strategy. We first want to drive the unemployment rate down to where it was prior to the pandemic and then even lower. And we want to see that sustained.

“The last time Australia had a sustained period of unemployment below 5% was between 2006 and 2008, just prior to the GFC. This stronger than expected economic recovery means that our fiscal outlook in the 2021-22 budget will be driven off a higher economic base than expected in last year’s budget.

“This will assist us to achieve our medium-term fiscal strategy of stabilising and then reducing gross and net debt as a share of GDP over time. This again reinforces the point that the best way to repair the budget is to repair the economy.”

Provided there are no unexpected economic shocks overseas, the next two years should prove to be very strong for the Australian economy and its people in terms of jobs, wages inflation and asset growth.

Have a great week!

Best Regards

Linda 姬琳达珍 and Carlos Debello (LREA)

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Corelogic rental review 27-4-21

CoreLogic’s Rental Review for the March 2021 quarter revealed a surge in national rental rates of 3.2% however the drivers of this growth are diverse, with the regions, Darwin and Perth collectively driving much of the increase.

Across the combined regional markets, rents rose 4.1% in the first quarter of the year while rents in the combined capitals increased 2.9%. Regional units recorded the highest quarterly rental growth of 4.8% compared to the 2.0% rise in capital city units. Capital city house rents were up 3.3% while regional houses rose by a higher 4.0% in the three months to March.

Houses and units in Darwin showed the strongest growth in rental rates over the quarter, up 8.2% and 7.0% respectively.

CoreLogic’s Research Director Tim Lawless, says “While housing rents are rising at the fastest pace since 2007, the headline reading hides the sheer diversity of rental conditions around the country. At one end of the spectrum we have Perth and Darwin where annual rental growth is well into double digits and accelerating. At the other end is Melbourne and Sydney where rents are down over the year.

“The annual decline in rents across Australia’s two largest cities is attributable to falling rents in the unit sector, where closed international borders have created a demand shock in a market that was already challenged by high supply. Melbourne unit rents have fallen by -8.2% over the year and Sydney unit rents are -4.9% lower.

“Some inner city precincts of Melbourne have seen unit rents fall by more than -20% over the past 12 months. Prospects for a material improvement in rental conditions across these inner city high density precincts are largely dependent on a return of tenancy demand from international students and visitors, who were previously a key component of rental demand.

“Although rents are generally rising, housing values have been rising at a faster rate which has seen rental yields compress across most of the capital cities.  The exceptions are Perth and Darwin where rents have risen at a faster pace than housing values, driving a rise in yields.  The opposite is true in Sydney and Melbourne where rental yields are plumbing new record lows.

“Outside of Sydney and Melbourne, with mortgage rates so low, yields are generally high enough to provide investors with positive cash flow opportunities from the outset,” says Mr Lawless.

Key highlights – March Quarter

  • National rental rates rose by 3.2% over the first quarter of 2021; the largest quarterly increase in the national rental index since May 2007.
  • Combined capital city dwelling rents rose 2.9% in the March quarter, while regional rents increased 4.1% over the same period.
  • Unit rents rose across both regional and capital city markets, with regional units recording the highest quarterly rental growth of 4.8% compared to the 2.0% rise in capital city units.
  • Capital city house rents were up by 3.3% over the three months to March 2021 and rents across regional houses rose by a higher 4.0% quarterly.
  • Houses and units in Darwin show the strongest growth in rental rates over the quarter, up 8.2% and 7.0% respectively.
  • Canberra was not only the most expensive market to rent a house across the capital cities, but also the most expensive capital city unit rental market in the quarter at $513p/w.
  • Melbourne recorded the weakest growth in rents over the three months to March 2021, with house rents up 1.6%, while unit rents were unchanged over the quarter.
  • National gross rental yields were recorded at 3.55%, down from 3.71% over the December quarter and 3.76% a year earlier as dwelling values outperform rental growth.
  • Darwin was the highest yielding capital city, up 21 basis points over the month to 6.21%. Sydney remains the lowest yielding at 2.74%
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Related-party rental valuations are fast becoming the next big COVID challenge for SMSF trustees.


With property values reaching a record high across Australia since the onset of COVID, the outcome is much bleaker for the rental market.

Commercial properties’national vacancy rate has hit 11.75 per centdue to entire offices working from home, and further increases may be on the way.

Rental lease agreements

With flexible working arrangements becoming commonplace, the ability to command pre-COVID rents has been significantly affected. Many landlords are currently offering lease agreements with several incentives to lure tenants back into the market.

The problem for related-party tenants is that the specific incentive terms are not always publicly available as negotiations occur behind closed doors.

While there may be anecdotal evidence to support the rapidly changing nature of commercial lease agreements, SMSF auditors may not consider this to be sufficient appropriate audit evidence at audit.

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The Gold Coast was second at 36 (with annual growth of 3.2%), followed by Brisbane at 44 (2.5% growth).


  • Luxury residential price growth was strongest in the smaller Australian cities over 2020, according to the results of the Prime International Residential Index (PIRI 100) in the forthcoming edition of Knight Frank’s The Wealth Report 2021.

The PIRI 100, which tracks the movement of luxury residential prices across the world’s top 100 residential markets, found five Australian cities – Perth, the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne – were ranked in the top 65 for luxury residential market performance over the past year.

But it was the smaller cities of Perth, the Gold Coast and Brisbane that were the strongest performing, recording annual price growth greater than the global average of 1.9%.

Perth was the top ranked city in Australia, coming in at number 34 with 3.6% annual growth, up from 0.9% one year earlier, when it was ranked 63 – and the last Australian ranked city.

The Gold Coast…

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RE important update about the changes to Facebook


Does that mean that the FEES will be changed to the market overall?

We’ve been paying too much for your advertising for years.

Maybe this scenario make you understand that you are not the monopoly.

An update from realestate.com.au

Today Facebook has restricted publishers and people in Australia from sharing or viewing Australian and international news content.

Sharing property listings, Agent Profiles and Agency Profiles may be restricted. We are working with Facebook to have this matter resolved.


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In general a good concept. But Also remember two other great pieces of advice.

In general a good concept. But Also remember two other great pieces of advice. 1) Make haste slowly 2) Plans succeed through good counsel; don’t go to war without wise advice. (Proverbs 20:18).https://www.influencive.com/creating-the-inevitability-of-success-mindset/

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How to Unclog a Toilet When You Don’t Have a PlungerSo, you’ve clogged your friend’s toilet and there’s no plunger in sight. Don’t panic. Here’s what to do.


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Two Worlds: So Much Prosperity, So Much Skepticism on Collaborative Fund

You should read this: Housel’s cracking book on the psychology of money is also a must-read.

A couple of the key takeaways were:

-understanding ‘how much is enough’ (instead of succumbing to greed); and

-understanding the power of compound growth to generate wealth and returns.

Because the big gains come later as a result of compounding, the winners are not necessarily those with the fastest annual returns, but those with the stomach to stick with successful strategies for the longest period of time.

It’s why Buffett generated most of his wealth after the traditional retirement date.

And it’s why the family home so often proves to the only genuinely successful investment many folks ever make.

Not because the returns are spectacular necessarily – often they aren’t – but because it’s the one asset people stick with long enough to experience the benefits of compounding.

The problem with more volatile investments is often that investors bail when trouble surfaces, as it periodically does.


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