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Single Tax Movement

Political Movement
Alternative Names
  • Georgist Movement


Based on the theory of American land reformer, Henry George, single tax movements proposed the abolition of all taxation save that on the unimproved value of land.

While George was not a socialist, in Australia and South Australia in particular where the movement was strongest, single tax policies were generally seen as socialist or as paving the way to socialism.

Single tax movements were strongest in the late nineteenth century, but a remnant remain active.

See Henry George, Progress and Poverty (1879)



  • Johnston, Alexander W., The new utopia, or progress and prosperity: an exposure of the evils produced by unwise legislation and a suggestion of the means whereby they may be remedied, Turner and Henderson [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Sydney, 1890. Image PDF Details
  • Rayment, A.W., The rights of labor; and how to obtain them, Printed for the proprietor and publishe[r], H.S.Taylor, by Hutchison, Craker and Smith, Adelaide, 1891, 31 pp. Image PDF Transcript HTML Transcript PDF Details


  • Singer, Ignatius (ed.), Our Commonwealth, vol. 1, no. 1, 1886, 8 pp. Image PDF Details

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  • Craigie, E.J., The Wakefield plan, Australian history leaflet. The Everade Letters. Supplement to Land and Wages.. Image PDF Details