The Australia Institute is pleased to invite you to Revenue Summit 2018.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Bernie Fraser | Former Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia
  • Professor Patricia Apps | Professor of Public Economics, University of Sydney Law School
  • Dr. Michael Keating AC | Former Cabinet Secretary and Head of Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet
  • Hon. Chris Bowen MP | Shadow Treasurer

Tax is the price we pay to live in a civilised society, but in contemporary Australia, we rarely ask how much civilisation we would like to buy and what the best new ways way to fund any increase in civilisation might be.

We need to talk about revenue. After decades of spending cuts, efficiency dividends and budget emergencies it is time to confront the fact that many of Australia’s problems, both real and imagined, flow directly from the fact that we have chosen to be one of the lowest taxed countries in the developed world.

In Australia today the term ‘tax reform’ is too often used to conceal more demands for more tax cuts. However, it is possible to reform the tax system in a multitude of ways that would result in more tax revenue, a simpler tax system, and stronger public finances.

This historic event sees some of Australia’s leading experts discuss the need to increase public spending in order to strengthen our economy and our society, as well as new ways to efficiently and equitably increase public revenue in ways that will strengthen both our public finances and our future economy.

Stakeholders from across health, education and infrastructure service provision will present their assessment of our current public services, and present their vision for what public services Australia could provide in the future.

Economists and taxation experts will discuss revenue-raising options to meet our public spending needs, including increasing current taxes, introducing new taxes, and increasing public debt to fund public services.