Making money by getting favourable land re-zoning decisions is just one example of the Game of Mates, a story about the massive concentration of wealth in Australia in recent decades and ways to control it.
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Many examples in this story come from Queensland where authors Dr Cameron Murray and Prof Paul Frijters have studied the Game of Mates extensively.
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Book Release – Game of Mates: How favours bleed the nation
Game of Mates explains how the connected few now swing their power in Australia’s media, government and large corporate enterprises to raid our public assets and escape paying their fair share.
It tells a tale of economic theft across major sectors of Australia’s economy. It shows how groups of “well-connected Mates siphon off billions from our economy to line their own pockets.”
In property, banking, superannuation, education, transport, and many more sectors, connected Mates co-operate to steal huge chunks of the economic pie for themselves. Leaving the average Australian with a lighter wallet and our children with a desolate future.
In property development and planning decisions alone some 70% of the financial gains go to the well-connected few. Each year we are losing over $11 billion compared to best practices used elsewhere.
The stakes are high and the ‘well-connected Mates’ play dirty. The authors, both Queensland Economics lecturers, say Journalists who wanted to report their published research in the areas of property development and infrastructure had their jobs threatened!
The authors say the ‘well-connected Mates’ now impoverish and swamp our media, reducing investigative journalism and buying air time to promote their own opinions on us. Constantly echoing their generosity to lull us into the fantasy that they are good guys whose activities benefit our communities – rather than how they belittle and rob us.
Knowing how to recognise when the game is in play and how to react is crucial. Not only do the authors shed light on the various game plans, they provide a series of tips and best practice examples that are used elsewhere to thwart the game and reduce the bleeding. Ways to cleanse and refresh our communities.
If you want to know how much this game is costing us, how it is played, and most importantly what we can do about it, read and discuss Game of Mates: How favours bleed the nation.
|Game of Mates: How favours bleed the nation
by Dr Cameron Murray and Prof Paul Frijters.
Published 4 April 2017
Available at Amazon.com
See Introductory Video clip
See a pre-release review by Ross Gittens HERE.