Austaxpolicy tackles taxing questions

13 December 2015

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Professor Miranda Stewart is Director of the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute at Crawford School. She currently teaches the graduate course Public Finance (POGO8048).

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From superannuation to company tax rates; from bracket creep to the GST; and from multinational tax minimisation to taxing resources; the many challenges and issues in the world of tax and transfer policy are the subject of a new Crawford School blog – Austaxpolicy.

Austaxpolicy went live on Friday 11 December with a series of articles from authors including Crawford School’s John Hewson and Peter Whiteford.

Austaxpolicy is run out of the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute (TTPI)at Crawford School. The site is edited by Professor Miranda Stewart and Dr Mathias Sinning.

Professor Stewart said the site had been launched to provide a platform for discussion on the many big tax issues facing Australia and the region.

“Tax and transfers are all over the news, and many questions are being discussed. The Austaxpolicy blog aims to bring academic commentary, new research, book and article reviews and expert opinions to the wider policy and public debate on tax and transfers,” she said.

“Austaxpolicy features insights and analysis from experts of all disciplines working at the intersection of research and policy on tax and transfers. Along with regular contributions from the staff at TTPI, the blog publishes work from experts across a range of disciplines and topics.

“For the launch we have articles from Professor John Freebairn of the University of Melbourne on the controversial question of whether royalties or resource rent taxes are more efficient, Professor Peter Whiteford on the distributional effects of our overall tax and transfer system and Professor John Hewson on the challenges of tax reform. We have plenty more fascinating articles lined up for the coming weeks.”

TTPI was established at Crawford School with the mission to undertake independent research and evidence-based policy development in taxes and transfers.

In addition to Austaxpolicy, Crawford School is also home to some of the region’s leading website and blogs, including Policy Forum, Devpolicy Blog, East Asia Forum and Global Water Policy.

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