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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.

New approaches to tax and welfare in Australia and Korea

 A two day by-invite only workshop on new research and policy approaches to common challenges. Funded by the Australia-Korea Foundation with partners: Australian National University, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute and Korea Institute; University of Seoul, Department of Tax and Public Finance; Korea Institute of Public Finance.

The ANU Tax and Transfer Policy Institute, and the University of Seoul Department of Tax and Public Finance, are partnering in this project to build a collaborative network of academic experts, government and civil society groups for reciprocal study of tax and welfare policy in Australia and Korea. This is the first of two Workshops and public seminars to be held in 2017 (Canberra) and 2018 (Seoul). The workshops will both present, discuss and engage on new approaches to tax and welfare policy to address shared public finance challenges in Australia and the Republic of Korea.

As part of this two day program there will be a public seminar held at the Crawford School of Public Policy. More details on both the workshop and the seminar will be made available here soon.

Date: 9 and 10 November 2017, 9:00am – 5:00pm 

Venue: Canberry /Springbank Room, Level 1, JG Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU

For more details, visit: https://taxpolicy.crawford.anu.edu.au/news-events/events/11166/new-approaches-tax-and-welfare-australia-and-korea 

Competition in the Australian economy: too little of a good thing?

Around the world, concerns are rising about market power. In Australia, sectors like supermarkets, banking, and telecommunications are mostly served by a handful of large firms. Some argue that the power of large firms in Australia has grown, hurting consumers and other firms or even pushing down wages. Others are concerned that while online platforms disrupt incumbents, they also exercise market power in their own right.

At the same time, the government is progressively implementing recommendations of the 2015 Harper Competition Review, including more recourse for small business, and pushing for more competition in human services like health and public housing. It has relaxed restrictions on cross-ownership in the media, on the basis that changing technology has intensified competition. And it has ordered an inquiry into competition in financial services. But some argue there’s still much work to be done, including addressing sectors where competition is not working for many consumers, getting enforcement right, and refining the rules for new digital platforms and data.

In this Policy Pitch event, join an expert panel discussion on the role of competition and competition policy in the Australian economy:

  • How valid are concerns about competition and market power in Australia?
  • Where is competition working less well than it could, and what are its limits as a policy tool?
  • What else should policymakers do to ensure competition benefits the community?

Date: 3 October 2017, 6:00pm – 7:15pm

Venue: The State Library of Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette (Entrance 3). 179 La Trobe St Melbourne, Victoria

To register, visit: https://grattan.edu.au/events/competition-in-the-australian-economy-too-little-of-a-good-thing-melbourne/ 

ACOSS National Conference 2017

In partnership with VCOSS.


The 2017 ACOSS National Conference, in partnership with VCOSS, is the event where community leaders, policy and decision makers, practitioners, academics and people with lived experience come together to collectively tackle the issues driving poverty and inequality in Australia. Leading thinkers and decision makers from the community, public, and private sectors will collaborate to identify challenges and workshop responses to move us towards a brighter and more equitable 2030.

Date: Tuesday 24 October 2017 – Wednesday 25 October 2017

Venue: Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, 25 Collins St, Melbourne, VIC

To find out more and to register, go to www.acossevents.org.au

Left behind? Inequality and inclusive growth – Assessing the Australian experience

The Tax and Transfer Policy Institute is holding a seminar on Professor Peter Whiteford’s paper on the history of Australia’s economy, from strong periods of income stagnation and growth to becoming one of the fastest going advanced economies in the world. This paper will assess the factors behind these contrasting period trends and discuss the extent to which the policy approaches of the past are relevant to the current challenge of low income growth, or whether new policy paradigms are required.

Date: Tuesday 17 October 2017

Time: 12.15pm – 1.30pm

Venue: Miller Theatre, Level 1 , Old Canberra House Building 73, Lennox Crossing, ANU, Canberra

Further details and links to registration may be found at https://taxpolicy.crawford.anu.edu.au/news-events/events/11114/left-behind-inequality-and-inclusive-growth-assessing-australian-experience