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Leading international expert on tax law and policy, Professor Miranda Stewart, has been appointed as Director of the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute at Crawford School.
Professor Stewart is a Professor of law with more than 20 years’ experience working at the leading edge of policy research, design and development. She joins ANU from the University of Melbourne, where she was a Director of Tax Studies for many years. She has previously worked at New York University School of Law in the United States, in major Australian law firms advising business on tax law, and at the Australian Taxation Office advising on business tax law and policy and has consulted for government on various tax and transfer policy issues.
Professor Stewart said she was looking forward to leading the development of the Institute at a crucial point in the nation’s history.
“Australia has recently enjoyed two decades of sustained strong growth, but the future is far less certain. In tightening economic times, it’s essential to remember that our tax and transfer system is a public good for the benefit of all Australians and it’s important to get it right,” she said.
“The establishment of the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute is a big step in the right direction. The Institute will aim to bring together the best and brightest tax and transfer minds in Australia, the region and the world, to help us address the critical policy issues facing us now and in the future. I’m very excited to be part of it, and looking forward to the increasingly important role the Institute will play in tax and transfer policy.”
Professor Stewart’s research addresses a broad range of tax and transfer law and policy issues with a focus on tax justice, tax reform to support sustainable business investment, and the operation of tax systems in a global context. Professor Stewart has recently collaborated on ARC-funded projects into the taxation and regulation of not for profits and the role of tax in Indigenous economic development.
Professor Stewart is an International Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Business Taxation, Said Business School at Oxford University. She holds a current legal practicing certificate and is a Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia, a member of the Law Council Business Section, Tax Committee, and on the Executive Committee of the International Fiscal Association (Australian branch). She is a regular media commentator and tweets from @MelbTaxProf .
The Tax and Transfer Policy Institute – based at Crawford School of Public Policy – was announced in the last Federal Budget with an initial $3 million endowment and supporting cash and on-going funding from the ANU. The Institute builds upon a key recommendation from Dr Ken Henry’s Tax Review to provide a centre of excellence to undertake independent policy research and answer the big questions facing Australia in terms of taxation and transfers.