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This section of the website provides brief details of recent and upcoming events relating to tax policy within TaxWatch’s areas of interest. Organisations wishing to submit details for possible inclusion in the page should contact tw@taxwatch.org.au.


What is a fair amount for university students to pay?

The 2017 Budget announced increases in maximum student contributions for government-supported university students, along with lower income thresholds for repaying student debt. The government argues that these savings are a fair rebalancing of public and private contributions to the cost of university education, with the government still paying more than half. Student groups oppose these changes, and some argue that university education should be free. Universities are caught in the middle. Facing their own funding cuts, they will almost certainly charge the maximum legally-permitted student contributions.

In this Policy Pitch event, co-hosted by the Policy Shop podcast the following issues will be examined:

  • Why Australia has a hybrid public-private system of funding higher education
  • Consequences for the demand and supply of student places of Australia‚Äôs university funding system
  • Consequences for student and graduate finances of student charges and HELP repayments
  • Consequences for universities and the student experience

Date: Tuesday 6 June 2017

Time: 6:00 to 7:15pm

Venue: State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette, 179 La Trobe Street, Melbourne

Further details may be found at https://grattan.edu.au/events/what-is-a-fair-amount-for-university-students-to-pay/


What shall we do with company tax?

The Tax and Transfer Policy Institute is holding an interdisciplinary academic and policy conference on the future of company tax.
In a time of political and economic flux, from Trump to Brexit, tax competition to base erosion and profit shifting, the company tax is hotly debated. How important is the company tax, at home and abroad? Is it broke and does it need fixing? What reform options are available, ideal or pragmatic? What difference will company tax reform make to revenues, jobs and growth? How can we design the company tax for small businesses and multinational giants; digital industries and the resources sector; startups and listed firms? What difference, if any, for low income and high income countries? And is international cooperation, or tax competitiveness, the way forward?

Join us to debate one of the biggest tax policy challenges of the day, with keynote speakers including Professor Michael Devereux, Director of the Centre for Business Taxation at Oxford University and one of the architects of the Destination Cash Flow Corporate Tax that has been prominent in United States debates; and Professor David Rosenbloom of New York University School of Law, United States.

CALL FOR PAPERS: We have limited places available at this conference for submitted papers on company tax reform, as indicated in the theme above. We invite submissions of scholarly papers from Australia and internationally. Interested authors should submit an abstract of no more than 200 words to tax.policy@anu.edu.au by Monday 31 May and will be notified by the end of May if the abstract is accepted. If the full paper is available, this may be submitted for consideration. If accepted, it is expected that a draft paper will be submitted by Monday 17 July (one week before the conference). Some funding is available to support travel and accommodation for successful authors to travel to the conference, on a discretionary basis.

Questions should be sent to Professor Miranda Stewart, miranda.stewart@anu.edu.au or coordinator Diane Paul, tax.policy@anu.edu.au.

Date: Monday 24 July 2017 to Tuesday 25 July 2017

Time: 9am to 5pm

Venue: Barton Theatre, Level 1, JG Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU, Canberra

Further details may be found at http://budget.acossevents.org.au/