A super profits tax for Julia Gillard?

According to Anna Grech, the real estate agent handling the sale of Julia Gillard’s house in Altona, it sold for more than $250,000 over the price expected because it was her former home.

Surely the former Prime Minister would agree to pay a super profits tax – a voluntary contribution to the ATO – on the basis it was exploiting a scarce resource, her position as a PM?

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48 Responses to A super profits tax for Julia Gillard?

  1. steve

    on the other hand, the fumigating costs will be excessive

  2. Baldrick

    Perhaps she can donate the proceeds to the AWU to cover the union funds spent on a house by ex-boyfriend Bruce Wilson.
    Even if she didn’t know what he was doing and has denied any wrong-doing, it would be a nice gesture all the same!

  3. H B Bear

    Just typical under quoting by Melbourne real estate agents. Nothing to see here.

    $900,000 for a very ordinary house in a pretty crappy, industrial part of town. Who says Australia has a housing affordability issue.

  4. Pickles

    The agent was thrilled that the property had passed from a woman to a woman. She said the purchaser wanted people to know that she was an Australian citizen.

  5. Gab

    Oh well if some fool is willing to part with that amount of money because gillard lived there then so be it. I just hope he/she won’t turn it into a shrine.

  6. Tintarella di Luna

    on the other hand, the fumigating costs will be excessive

    Quite so steve – contender for the internets perhaps?.

  7. Tintarella di Luna

    The backyard might be interesting. Given the propensity for the protagonists to bury stuff.

  8. feelthebern

    At that price it must have been plugged into the NBN.

  9. Cold-Hands

    TLS should at least reimburse the Commonwealth for the money spent to upgrade the house’s security when she refused to move to The Lodge. As it was an unnecessary cost, she should be obliged to cover the expense.

  10. Pickles

    Are you talking a drum of hundreds Tinta? Cause if there’s coal under it the licence will be owned by the Obeids. Hope the buyer checked the Section 32.

  11. sabrina

    How prices have gone ballistic in the last two months in Melbourne. A house sold in September 2012 at Wheelers Hill $550000, sold this month at $690,000.
    The economy must be doing well! Super profit?

  12. Zatara

    Surely the former Prime Minister would agree to pay a super profits tax – a voluntary contribution to the ATO – on the basis it was exploiting a scarce resource, her position as a PM?

    How about on the basis it was exploiting a scarce resource, a decision of gillard’s which didn’t lose the taxpayers billions of dollars?

  13. stackja

    Surely the former Prime Minister would agree to pay a super profits tax – a voluntary contribution to the ATO – on the basis it was exploiting a scarce resource, her position as a PM?

    No! Leftists do not follow the rules other must follow. Left is right, non-left is wrong.

    As Saul Alinsky says: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”

  14. Gab

    JULIA Gillard’s Melbourne home has sold before a big crowd for a high $921,000 – to a fan.

    Hundreds gathered in the Mebourne suburb of Altona yesterday to see the former prime minister’s modest three-bedroom brick house go under the hammer for more than $200,000 over the reserve.

    During an intense 35-minute auction, five bidders fought it out for 9 Medford Street, which was declared on the market at $680,000.

    Ms Gillard, who was giving selling instructions on the phone, was “over the moon” at the result, Jas Stephens real estate agent Anna Grech, who handled the sale, told AAP.

    “She’s celebrating,” she said.

    “If we had to take Julia Gillard out of the equation, the house would be worth about $650,000.”

    The successful bidder was a man buying for his wife, who is Ms Gillard’s number one fan, according to Ms Grech.

    “I’m not kidding. She loves her. She wanted the house for that,” she said.

    “She’s got a young family.

    “They’re going to live in the property.”

    Ms Grech says the price was a record for the street and the auction probably one of the longest the agency has conducted.

    The agency expected the house might fetch $700,000 because of Ms Gillard’s fame. [more like infamy]

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/gillards-house-sells-for-well-above-reserve/story-e6frg6nf-1226783308250

  15. Sinclair Davidson

    I would have thought that the authorities would have a close look at this transaction, source of funds etc.

  16. Aaron

    Jas Stephens real estate agent Anna Grech

    I wonder if she is any relation to Andrew Grech of Slater and Gordon fame…

  17. Craig Mc

    They should blow it up like a Nazi monument.

  18. Leo G

    Accommodation rates at Dame Phyllis’s place are well up, just at the prospect of Julia having a stay.

  19. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Won’t she be liable for capital gains tax – it’s no longer her “principal place of residence?”

  20. Fred

    No it won’t be liable for capital gains tax. It was her primary residence for the time she owned it and it was not used to produce assessable income.

  21. H B Bear

    Gillard (or rather Big Bill Ludwig) can finally pay Con the Big Greek Bullshit Artist.

  22. Jazza

    I thought the wages of sin is death, not profit?
    Anyway, she will pay extra tax with such a large swag into her bank account…..unless……
    I’d create a tax to Piss her off, she did that to me!

  23. Woolfe

    Eggsactly Sinc! Very weird. One wonders who the other bidders were at the auction?

  24. Infidel Tiger

    What a country. A complete moron has access to $921,000.

  25. steve

    I wonder if she is any relation to Andrew Grech of Slater and Gordon fame…

    ……or Godwin

  26. candy

    It is a bit weird. The new woman owner probably wants to sleep in the same room julia Gillard slept in, use the same bathroom, cook in the same kitchen, and so on, and get a kind of thrill out of it.

  27. H B Bear

    Zulu – even by the standards of bush lawyering seen around here, that was pretty hopeless. You aren’t a young and naive partner at Slater & Gordon by any chance?

  28. Tom

    What a country. A complete moron has access to $921,000.

    Not to mention a $500,000 p.a. salary if you’re prepared to sleep your way to the top and play the Liars union patronage game.

  29. JC

    I would have thought that the authorities would have a close look at this transaction, source of funds etc.

    Absolutely.

  30. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    No, H B Bear, I do earn an honest living, but I did sell a house here in the Wild West, which I hadn’t lived in for a few years, and had been rented out, and I did dare to wonder if Gilliard might have been in the same boat.

  31. Docket62

    Did slaters do the conveyancing?

  32. Pedro the Ignorant

    Google Street View of 9 Medford St Altona shows a bright red Federal Police car and a van sitting on the verge opposite the house.

    The street and houses look like any bog standard Melbourne suburban street and I am gobsmacked that anyone would pay $921,000 to live there.

    A fool and his money are soon parted.

  33. candy

    A fool and his money are soon parted.

    A woman with a weird crush on julia Gillard, is what it sounds like to me. Maybe Julia Gillard should be a little worried.

  34. Rabz

    $921,000 for that monstrous dump?

    FFS, there are some idiots on this planet.

  35. H B Bear

    For the record, my modest abode was once owned by Karl “Boris” Langdon. I will be hyping this up when I need to move it on.

  36. Andrew

    Since it’s a tax on stupidity, perhaps the WBCT is a better fit, as the GreenUp! loons are still being enlisted to baa their support for moving their jobs overseas.

  37. David

    B4B – what is a Karl “Boris” Langdon when it’s at home?

  38. Gab

    She said the purchaser wanted people to know that she was an Australian citizen.

    I thought that quite a curious comment until I saw a picture of the man who paid for the house, and his family. Given that there’s a lot of xenophobic hype about foreigners inflating the price of housing in Australia, I can now understand why that comment was made.

  39. Pedro the Ignorant

    Karl Langdon, former WA Aussie Rules player, now a media sports commentator (and very good at it, too).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Langdon

  40. Tel

    I wonder if she is any relation to Andrew Grech of Slater and Gordon fame…

    While forging the rumour mill, why not mention cousin Godwin?

  41. gnasher

    I will be sticking a few more pins in my TLS voodoo doll today.

  42. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Sinclair Davidson at 8:32 am:

    “I would have thought that the authorities would have a close look at this transaction, source of funds etc.”

    Yes, most assuredly. It’s a Mugabe-esque windfall.

    From Rabz at 10:31 am:

    “$921,000 for that monstrous dump?

    FFS, there are some idiots on this planet.”

    … which leads me straight to the dunny. Is it worth that much more because of the thrice widened doorway into which it reversed that corpulent backside?

    I must go now to bathe my eyes.

  43. … which leads me straight to the dunny. Is it worth that much more because of the thrice widened doorway into which it reversed that corpulent backside?

    Whoa bullick! Rewind that…
    Mick, are you saying that Ms. Gillard actually attended that house in person, long enough to use the dunny?

  44. stackja

    Julia gets money, while I have just finished watching a 1943 costarring:

    Valerie Hobson From Wikipedia
    In 1952 she divorced her first husband, the film producer Sir Anthony Havelock-Allan (1904–2003), and married John Profumo (1915–2006), an MP, in 1954, giving up acting shortly afterwards.
    After Profumo’s ministerial career ended in disgrace in 1963, following revelations he had lied to the House of Commons about his affair with Christine Keeler, she stood by him, and they worked together for charity for the remainder of her life, though she did miss their more public life.

  45. srr

    Yeah but, that’s still $100,000 short of what the widows and orphans are owed….and….who knows if she’ll ever be able to sell herself out of debt….

  46. Arnost

    I would have thought that the authorities would have a close look at this transaction, source of funds etc.</blockquote

    I wouldn't forget the other party(ies) bidding the price up. Were they genuine and why would they also want it at such an inflated price? While one Julia tragic is possible – but two? I too wouldn't be surprised if this may very well be the beginning of Julia's defense fund contributions…

  47. Empire Strikes Back

    “She’s got a young family.

    “They’re going to live in the property.”

    For the sake of the children, let’s hope the DHS is on the ball and removes them from their mentally ill abusive parent.

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