Taxing times with Miranda Stewart and Mark Zirnsak

Is progressive tax reform possible?

Australia's tax system is becoming even more regressive, and the public gets little from the sale of finite mineral resources compared to other nations. The Pandora Papers show the lengths that the wealthy will go to to avoid tax. What are the priorities and prospects for tax reform?

Speakers: Dr. Mark Zirnsak, Tax Justice Network Australia ( and Prof. Miranda Stewart, Tax Group- Law School, University of Melbourne

Miranda Stewart is Professor of Law at the University of Melbourne Law School where she is Director of the Tax Group and is a Fellow at the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute at the Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University. Miranda was the inaugural Director of the Institute from 2014 to 2017. Miranda has more than 25 years research, practical and leadership experience in tax law and policy in academia, government and the private sector. Miranda engages in research, policy advice and teaching across a wide range of topics including taxation of large and small business entities, not-for-profits and individuals; international taxation and the role of tax in development; reform processes and budget institutions; and gender equality in tax and transfer systems. Miranda has an enduring interest in the resilience, legitimacy and fairness of tax systems to support good government.

Miranda tweets on tax policy @Austaxprof. Miranda's personal website includes her full CV and list of publications -

Mark Zirnsak is Senior Social Justice Advocate for the Justice and International Mission (JIM) cluster of the Victoria/Tasmania Synod of the Uniting Church in Australia, and runs the secretariat of the Tax Justice Network. Mark is a active in seeking social justice in the areas of climate change, refugees, modern slavery, regulation of the online world, family violence, tax reform, poverty, and alcohol reform. Mark is a member of a number of advisory bodies to the Commonwealth and Victorian governments in these areas. He has a PhD in chemical engineering.

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