New South Wales

What will it take to fix our broken tax system?


From: Monday April 26, 2021, 12:00 pm

To: Monday April 26, 2021, 2:00 pm

Blueprint Institute is hosting a panel of Australia’s top tax thinkers to discuss the question - What will it take to fix our broken tax system?

Who's speaking?

Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Financial Review, Michael Stutchbury, will moderate a panel of the country’s top tax thinkers:

  • Jo Masters, Ernst & Young Oceania Partner and Chief Economist;

  • John Hewson, Federal Opposition Leader from 1990 to 1994, and Chair of the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute at the ANU;

  • Miranda Stewart, Professor at Melbourne University Law School, and Honorary Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy at the ANU; and

  • Steven Hamilton, Chief Economist at Blueprint Institute, and Assistant Professor of Economics at The George Washington University.

The Chair of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Tax and Revenue, Jason Falinski MP, will offer some opening remarks. A Q&A session will follow the panel discussion.

Why are we focusing on tax?

Australia hasn’t seen wholesale tax reform since the introduction of the GST more than two decades ago. Attempts at further tax reform have faltered out of the gate. Nevertheless, the need to overhaul our tax system grows every day.

The pandemic has presented Australia with many challenges. While we’ve managed it better than just about any other nation, it will leave us with more than a trillion dollars in public debt. To pay it down, rather than turn to self-defeating austerity, what we need is rapid economic growth. And new spending commitments on the NDIS, aged care, child care, and more will require us to raise much more revenue much more efficiently. Our existing tax system simply isn’t up to the task.

So, on the eve of the release of a new tax policy proposal by Blueprint Institute, we’ll ask: What will it take to fix our broken tax system? 

The details:

Event: What will it take to fix our broken tax system?

Cost: $145 per person, corporate tables of 8 for $990

Date: Monday April 26

Time: 12:00-2:00pm AEST

Location: Harbourside Room, Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), 140 George St, The Rocks, Sydney

A two-course lunch and refreshments will be served.

Please follow the Eventbrite link below to register and pay. If you are unable to make it, please consider passing this invitation on to your networks.

ESA Members should contact us to get a 20% discount.  Young economists under 30 can attend for just $50. 




140 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000

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