Annual Tax Lecture


The Annual Tax Lecture series was launched by the Tax Group in 2005 with the purpose of placing the development of the tax law in its historical context, and to inform public debate on current tax issues.

Past Annual Tax Lectures

  • The 2016 Annual Tax Lecture was held on Wednesday 31st August at Melbourne Law School. The lecture was given by Philip Baker QC, a barrister at Field Court tax Chambers, Gray's Inn. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Melbourne Law School and Visiting Professor at Oxford University. Mr Baker's topic was "Can't tax; won't tax. Some Reflections on Jurisdiction to Impose and Collect Taxes". The lecture is not available.
  • The 2015 Annual Tax Lecture was held on Wednesday 5 August at Melbourne Law School. The lecture was given by David Bloom QC, one of Australia's leading silks specialising in revenue and taxation. Mr Bloom spoke on "Tax Avoidance: A View from the Dark Side". Please click here for a copy of the speech
  • The 2014 Annual Tax Lecture was held on Tuesday 5 August at the Melbourne Law School. The lecture was given by Chief Justice James Allsop AO, Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia. Chief Justice Allsop spoke on"Taxation and the Federal Court: Past, Present and Future". The lecture is not available.
  • The 2013 Annual Tax Lecture was held on Thursday 12 September at the Melbourne Law School. The lecture was given by Professor William Gummow AC, Former Justice of the High Court of Australia. Professor Gummow spoke on "The Law of Contracts, Companies and Trusts as Criteria for Tax Liability". Please click here for a copy of the speech. Professor Gummow's lecture is at (2014) 37(3) Melbourne University Law Review 334.
  • The 2012 Annual Tax Lecture was held on Wednesday 29 August at the Melbourne Law School. The lecture was given by The Hon Justice Michelle Gordon of the Federal Court of Australia. Justice Gordon spoke on "The Commonwealth's taxing powers and its limits - Are we there yet?" Please click here for a copy of the speech. Justice Gordon's lecture is at (2013) 36(3) Melbourne University Law Review 1038.
  • The 2011 Annual Tax Lecture was held on Wednesday 3 August at the Melbourne Law School. The lecture was given by Professor David Rosenbloom of New York University. Professor Rosenbloom spoke on the topic "International Tax Policy: A Current View from the United States". Please click here for a copy of the speech. This lecture is now published at is (2012) 41 ATRev 126.
  • The 2010 Annual Tax Lecture was held on Tuesday 17 August at the Melbourne Law School. The lecture was given by the Hon. Justice Richard Edmonds from the Federal Court of Australia. Please click here for a copy of the speech. Justice Edmonds lecture is published in (2011) 35(1) Melbourne University Law Review 236.
  • The 2009 Annual Tax Lecture was held on Thursday 20 August. The Hon. Justice Tony Pagone, of the Supreme Court of Victoria, spoke on the topic "Tax Uncertainty". Please click here for a copy of the speech. Justice Pagone's paper was published in (2009) (33) Melbourne University Law Review pp 886-906.
  • In 2008, the Hon. Justice Michael Kirby, of the High Court of Australia, presented a paper on "Sham in Tax Law After Raftland Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation". This paper was published in the Melbourne University Law Review: The Hon. Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG, 'Of 'Sham' and Other Lessons for Australian Revenue Law' (2008) (32) Melbourne University Law Review pp 868-871. To download a copy of the paper, click here.
  • In 2007, Professor John Tiley CBE of the University of Cambridge spoke on "Managing Tax Avoidance: Recent UK Experience". A copy of his lecture is available for download here.
  • In 2006, the Hon. Justice Neil Young of the Federal Court presented a paper titled "The Historical Significance of the High Court's decision in Federal Commissioner of Taxation v Myer Emporium". This paper is published in the Melbourne University Law Review: Neil J Young, 'The Historical Significance of the High Court's Decision inFederal Commisioner of Taxation v The Myer Emporium Ltd' (2007) (31) Melbourne University Law Review 266. To download a copy of the published paper, click here.
  • In 2005, the Annual Tax Lecture was given by Allan Myers QC, one of Australia's most eminent barristers. The topic was "Tax Avoidance and the High Court since Sir Garfield Barwick". This lecture is available for download here.