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Tax under microscope at Melbourne Economic Forum

Tax reform options, including the proposed cut in the company tax rate, personal tax cuts and incentives for innovation will be the focus at the next Melbourne Economic Forum at Victoria University.

The forum, to be held at the University’s City campus on Wednesday, follows the success of the December forum which closely examined various tax reform proposals, including payroll tax reform as an alternative to increasing the GST rate.

Dr Janine Dixon, senior research fellow at the Centre of Policy Studies at Victoria University, will deliver a modelling assessment on the impacts of a company tax cut in Australia.

She joins a panel of leading economic and tax experts who will take a closer look at Tax Reform in the hope of shedding new light on this national issue, and informing policy.

Speakers include:

  • Professor John Daley, chief executive officer, Grattan Institute on the assessment of recent tax proposals and the politics of tax reform 
  • Professor John Freebairn, from the Department of Economics at the University of Melbourne on the small business investment incentive effects of personal tax cuts 
  • Professor Beth Webster, the director at the Centre for Transformative Innovation at Swinburne University on tax policy and innovation.

Professor Peter Dawkins, Vice-Chancellor and President at Victoria University and Professor Ross Garnaut, Professorial Research Fellow in Economics at University of Melbourne will also speak.

The Melbourne Economic Forum is a joint collaboration between Victoria University and the University of Melbourne. It is run in association with the Australian Financial Review.

Media are invited to attend the forum.

What:  Melbourne Economic Forum: Tax Reform
When: Wednesday 13 April, 2016
Time: 11am to 2pm
Where: Victoria University: Conference Centre, level 12, 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne

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