The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 72
The Intention of the Proposed Reform
The Intention of the Proposed Reform.
Having outlined the proposed reform in the title pages, having then shown what our conception of ground-rent is, both in its nature and origin, and having estimated its probable amount, it may be well to repeat that our desire is to secure this fund from its present owners and to transfer it to the State, in order that it may be used as the only revenue for colonial and local purposes. We do so in the belief that if this were done every individual would receive and pay proportionately for the benefits arising from association. He who elected to live at the centre of the community would receive more benefits and pay more ground-rent than he who was content to live at the circumference. In either location each would then retain, as his own, the whole produce arising from his industry. If he had many wants, he would work hard. If his desires were few, he would take it easy.