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Union calls for super profits tax to end housing crisis

The call comes ahead of today’s campaign launch at the National Press Club in Canberra

By KANEBRIDGE NEWS
Tue, Jul 25, 2023 9:37amGrey Clock < 1 min

The Federal Government should introduce a super profits tax to solve Australia’s housing crisis, one of the country’s largest unions has said.

The CFMEU, the main union for construction workers in Australia, commissioned research from Oxford Economics Australia to investigate the viability of using a super profits tax to address the nation’s social and affordable housing shortfall. The report found Australia needed 750,700 new dwellings to close the housing gap by 2041, which could comfortably costed by taxing excess earnings of corporate giants in Australia.

National secretary of the CFMEU, Zac Smith, will launch a campaign at the National Press Club in Canberra today, called End the Housing Crisis, Tax Super Profits and has called on the Albanese Government to commit to the new tax.

“The enormous scale of Australia’s housing crisis demands bold solutions,” Mr Smith said. “A super profits tax is the fairest way to raise the billions of dollars needed to guarantee every Australian has the basic right of shelter. Oxford Economics Australia has found we can close the yawning housing gap without discouraging investment or creating distortions in the market.”

He said such a tax would not affect 99.7 percent of businesses “because the tax only kicks in when corporations make astronomical profits”.

“The Federal Government has the opportunity to define its legacy as ending homelessness, boosting productivity and lifting millions out of poverty,” he said.



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Family of Elvis Presley was fighting the attempted sale, alleging fraud

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A Tennessee judge on Wednesday blocked an allegedly fraudulent attempt to auction off Graceland, the former Memphis home of music legend Elvis Presley and a major tourist destination in the state.

Elvis’s granddaughter, actress Riley Keough , says a company that had planned a Thursday sale was fake and trying to defraud the trust that owns Graceland.

Judge JoeDae Jenkins in Chancery Court in Shelby County, Tenn., granted the injunction to stop the auction, according to a court clerk. The court had granted Keough a temporary restraining order on the sale last week.

The auction was initiated by an entity called Naussany Investments & Private Lending. It had filed a public notice for a foreclosure sale in Tennessee, alleging Lisa Marie Presley , Elvis’s only child, defaulted on a $3.8 million loan it made to her. The group said it now owns Graceland because Presley defaulted on the loan.

Presley, Keough’s mother, controlled the Graceland trust until her death in January 2023 . Keough then took over as trustee.

Lawyers for Keough said Naussany’s loan documents are forgeries, and the firm “appears to be a false entity created for the purpose of defrauding” the trust that owns Graceland, Presley’s heirs or any purchaser of Graceland.

Elvis Presley Enterprises, which manages Graceland, has also said Naussany’s claims were fraudulent. “There will be no foreclosure,” said Elvis Presley Enterprises spokeswoman Alicia Dean . “Graceland will continue to operate as it has for the past 42 years.”

Keough’s lawyer declined to comment.

Naussany Investments and Kurt Naussany, named in the complaint as acting on behalf of the entity, couldn’t be reached for comment. A phone number listed in the complaint didn’t work, and emails sent to associated addresses weren’t answered. The Wall Street Journal couldn’t separately find contact information for a Kurt Naussany. A lawyer for the entity couldn’t be identified.

The Graceland complex in Memphis, which includes an exhibition center and a 450-room hotel, attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually.

Elvis bought the property in 1957, when he was 22 and an ascendant star. He died in 1977 at the age of 42 and is buried on the Graceland property. Graceland opened to the public in 1982.

Lisa Marie Presley’s mother, Priscilla Presley , reached a settlement in 2023 with Keough over who would control the trust. The settlement came after Priscilla Presley challenged a 2016 amendment to the trust filed by Lisa Marie Presley that removed her mother as trustee.

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