New South Wales


Mixed Fortunes: The History of Tax Reform in Australia, Paul Tilley


From: Tuesday July 5, 2022, 1:00 pm

To: Tuesday July 5, 2022, 2:00 pm


When: Tuesday 5 July 2022
Time: 1.00pm until 2.00pm AEST
Cost: members: free, non-members: $5 (join or renew)
Venue: Macquarie City Campus and Webinar via Zoom

Australia’s history is sprinkled with tax reform attempts – some successful, some not. This seminar explores that history through three phases. First, the establishment of the Constitution at Federation in 1901 and the 1942 unification of income tax. Second, the seminal Asprey review in 1975 that set up the major tax reforms of 1985 and then 2000. Third, the mixed efforts at tax reform, at both the Commonwealth and state levels, this century.

The seminar will examine the roles of foundational reviews, that establish the case for reform, and determinative reviews, that implement reform. It will assess both the political economy issues of policy making and the quality of the tax reforms that have been achieved in Australia. What makes a reform exercise work (or not)? How do we assess the quality of Australia’s tax reforms? What lessons are there for future tax reform exercises?

About the Speaker

Paul Tilley was an economic policy adviser to governments for 30 years, working mainly in Treasury but also PM&C, the Treasurer’s office and the OECD. He has since published a book on the history of the Treasury, Changing Fortunes: A History of the Australian Treasury, is a Visiting Fellow at the ANU’s Tax and Transfer Policy Institute and a Senior Fellow at the Melbourne Law School. He is currently writing a book on the history of tax reform in Australia.

This is a hybrid event which will be held both in person and online via Zoom.


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Macquarie University City Campus, room 2408 , level 2

123 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000

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