Building for better lives / Conference sessions

Minor concurrent session

Thursday 30 November 2017
1.30pm – 3.00pm
Meeting room C2.2+2.3, ICC

MIN6: Scalpels and Sledgehammers: breaking the tax deadlock

This session aims to break the political deadlock afflicting tax policy affecting housing . Underpinned by the AHURI Inquiry into housing tax reform, an expert panel will chart the pathway to reform that balances the political imperatives against the policy objectives to create meaningful tax reform and help make housing more affordable.



Prof Richard Eccleston
Director, Institute for the Study of Social Change (UTAS)
Richard Eccleston is Professor of Political Science and founding Director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change at the University of Tasmania. He is a specialist in comparative political economy. Richard takes a keen interest in Tasmanian politi... view


Dr John Hewson AM
Professor and Chair Tax and Transfer Policy Institute, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU
Dr John Hewson is an economic and financial expert with experience in academia, business, government, media and the financial system. He has worked as an economist for the Australian Treasury, the Reserve Bank, the Internation... view
Mr Brendan Coates
Australian Perspectives Fellow, Grattan Institute
Brendan Coates is a fellow at Grattan Institute. Brendan’s research focuses on tax reform, economic and budget policy, retirement incomes and superannuation, transport infrastructure, cities and housing. Before Grattan, Brendan worked with the World Bank in Indonesia, and prior ... view


Ms Marion Bennett
General Manager, Practice Leadership, Mission Australia
Marion is a policy professional, with a long career in central and line agencies of the New South Wales Government. As Executive Director of Housing Policy and Homelessness in the Department of Family and Community Services, Marion led negotiations ... view