With the Commonwealth Government currently undertaking a major tax review, it is timely that there are two events on tax reform being held in Brisbane next month, both supported by the Economic Society of Australia (QLD), of which I’m the Secretary. The events are:
- Tax policy panel discussion at the Australian Conference of Economists (details here) on the afternoon of Wednesday 8 July, featuring leading Australian economist John Freebairn as chairperson, and including Paul Abbey from PwC, my old boss Graeme Davis from Commonwealth Treasury, Alex Robson from Griffith and Miranda Stewart from ANU as panelists, and
- a panel discussion on tax reform on Wednesday 22 July with Judith Sloan from the Australian and Alex Robson from Griffith.
I have no doubt the discussions will be wide-ranging, interesting and entertaining. Obvious issues include the very topical negative gearing (and the concessional tax treatment of capital gains), superannuation tax concessions, and the GST.