Charities, Politics and Tax
Free Public Lecture
Theatre G08, Ground Floor
Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street, Carlton
T: 9035 1111
Modern charity law is still based on the Statute of Elizabeth and Pemsel. This lecture will discuss whether this remains an appropriate approach. It will focus in particular on the political exception, examining this first from an historical perspective and then discussing the recent decisions in Australia and New Zealand of Aid/Watch Inc v Commissioner of Taxation and Re Greenpeace of New Zealand Inc and the approach taken in other similar jurisdictions, including Canada and the United Kingdom.
The Sir George Turner Lectures
In her will, dated 1 December 1944, Grace Melvin Turner, who died on 29 January 1959, established a lectureship in memory of her father, Sir George Turner.
Sir George was born on 8 August 1851, completed the articled clerks’ course and was admitted to practice in 1881. He was Mayor of St Kilda from 1887 to 1888, elected to the Legislative Assembly in 1889 and became Solicitor-General for Victoria in 1892. In 1894 he became Premier of Victoria. In 1897 he was appointed KCMG and a Privy Councillor, also receiving honorary degrees from Oxford and Cambridge Universities in that year. He resigned in February 1901 to enter Federal politics, becoming Treasurer and presenting the first four Commonwealth budgets. He later resumed legal practice in partnership with a son, George John, and their firm merged with the firm of Corr and Corr in 1907. From 1906 he was Chairman of Commissioners of the State Savings Bank of Victoria. He died on 13 August 1916.
Justice Susan Glazebrook, Judge
Justice Susan Glazebrook
Supreme Court of New Zealand
Justice Susan Glazebrook is a judge of the Supreme Court of New Zealand. She was appointed to that position in August 2012, after serving two years on the High Court and ten years on the Court of Appeal. She chaired the Institute of Judicial Studies from 2007 to 2012 and is currently a Vice President of the International Association of Women Judges. In 2014 she was made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the judiciary. Before her elevation to the Bench, Justice Glazebrook was a partner in a commercial law firm, specialising in tax and finance. She also served on a number of commercial boards and government advisory bodies, including in the taxation field. From 1990 to 1995 she was a member of the Tax Education Office and the New Zealand Law Society Taxation Committee. She was a member of the New Zealand Committee of the International Fiscal Association from 1988 to 2000. In 1998, she was President of the Inter Pacific Bar Association, an organisation of business lawyers with an interest in the AsiaPacific region.