Australia's Future Tax System

Conference

The Australia's Future Tax System Review Panel hosted a two-day conference in June 2009 on reform of Australia's tax and transfer system.

The Melbourne Institute organised the conference for the Review Panel to provide an opportunity for leading international experts and a range of academics and stakeholders to debate leading edge tax and transfer policy issues, and contribute to the work of the review in an informal setting.

Approximately 150 people attended the Melbourne Institute – Australia's Future Tax and Transfer Policy Conference on 18 and 19 June 2009 at the University of Melbourne.

Conference papers

Melbourne Institute - Australia's Future Tax and Transfer Policy Conference - Cover

Papers presented at the conference have been published in Melbourne Institute - Australia's Future Tax and Transfer Policy Conference (each in a separate chapter).

The views expressed are those of the authors. In publishing the views, the Panel is not endorsing them but is acknowledging that during its deliberations it considered the issues raised, along with the outcomes of the conference and views provided through submissions and other consultation activities.

Slideshows and discussant comments presented at the conference are published below.

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Directions in Overseas Tax Policy (relates to Chapter 2 of the proceedings)

by Professor Christopher Heady, Department of Economics, University of Kent

Transfer Issues and Directions for Reform: Australian Transfer Policy in Comparative Perspective (relates to Chapter 3 of the proceedings)

by Professor Peter Whiteford, Social Policy Research Centre, The University of New South Wales

Directions in Tax and Transfer Theory (relates to Chapter 4 of the proceedings)

by Professor Alan Auerbach, Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance, University of California, Berkeley

Assigning State Taxes in a Federation (relates to Chapter 5 of the proceedings)

by Professor Richard Bird, Professor Emeritus of Economics, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and Professor Michael Smart, Professor of Economics, University of Toronto

Australia: Issues in the Tax Treatment of Pensions and Housing (relates to Chapter 6 of the proceedings)

by Professor Richard Disney, Professor of Labour Economics and Director, Centre for Policy Evaluation, University of Nottingham

Discussant comments presented by Professor Gavin Wood, Director, RMIT Research Centre of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, RMIT University

Discussant comments presented by Professor Peter Birch Sørensen, Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen


The Tax-Transfer System and Labour Supply (relates to Chapter 7 of the proceedings)

by Professor Michael Keane, Distinguished Research Professor, School of Finance and Economics, The University of Technology Sydney

Discussant comments presented by Professor Mark Wooden, Deputy Director and Director, HILDA Survey, Melbourne Institute, The University of Melbourne


Environmental Taxation and its Possible Application in Australia (relates to Chapter 8 of the proceedings)

by Professor John Freebairn, Ritchie Chair, Department of Economics, The University of Melbourne

Discussant comments presented by Professor Quentin Grafton, Professor of Economics and Research Director, Crawford School of Economics and Government, The Australian National University

Discussant comments presented by Professor Harry Clarke, Professor Economics, School of Economics and Finance, Latrobe University




Taxing Capital Income: Options for Reform in Australia (relates to Chapter 9 of the proceedings)

by Professor Peter Birch Sørensen, Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen

Discussant comments presented by Professor Richard J. Vann, Challis Professor, Sydney Law School, The University of Sydney

Discussant comments presented by Mr Matt Benge, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Policy Development, Inland Revenue Department, New Zealand



Excise Taxation in Australia (relates to Chapter 10 of the proceedings)

by Professor Sijbren Cnossen, Advisor, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis

Discussant comments presented by Professor Neil Warren, Head of School, Atax, University of New South Wales

Discussant comments presented by Mr Matthew Ryan, Taxation Policy Consultant



Complexity in the Australian Tax and Transfer System (relates to Chapter 11 of the proceedings)

by Professor Joel Slemrod, Paul W. McCracken Collegiate Professor, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

Discussant comments presented by Professor Chris Evans, Atax, The University of New South Wales



Panel session

Panellist notes presented by Dr Don Challen, Secretary, Department of Treasury and Finance, Tasmania