Book Launch and Panel on Tax and Government in the 21st Century

The Tax Law and Policy program of the Melbourne Centre for Commercial Law (MCCL) hosted an event to celebrate the launch of Professor Miranda Stewart’s book, Tax and Government in the 21st Century. The book was launched by Hon Justice Michelle Gordon AO, High Court of Australia, and was followed by a panel discussion.

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About the panel

Miranda Stewart is Director of the Melbourne Centre for Commercial Law and of Taxation Studies at the Melbourne Law School and honorary Professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University. Miranda was awarded the ATTA Medal in 2023 by the Australasian Tax Teachers Association for services to tax policy. She is an author and editor of several books, including Tax and Government in the 21st Century (Cambridge University Press, 2022), Death and Taxes (with Michael Flynn) and Tax, Social Policy and Gender. Miranda is Vice-Chair of the Permanent Scientific Committee of the International Fiscal Association.

The Hon Justice Michelle Gordon was appointed to the High Court of Australia in 2015.  At the time of her appointment, she was a judge of the Federal Court of Australia, to which she was appointed in 2007. Justice Gordon graduated in law from the University of Western Australia, was admitted to practice in Western Australia in 1987 and joined the Victorian Bar in 1992.  She was appointed Senior Counsel in 2003.  Her Honour practised in state and federal courts principally in commercial, equity, taxation and general civil matters. Justice Gordon is a Professorial Fellow of the Melbourne Law School, where she teaches about statutes in the 21st century.

Danielle Wood is CEO of the Grattan Institute where she heads a team of leading policy thinkers, researching and advocating policy to improve the lives of Australians. Danielle leads Grattan’s Budgets and Government Program and has published extensively on economic reform priorities, budgets, tax reform, women’s workforce participation, generational inequality and reforming political institutions.

Professor Ajay Mehrotra is William G. and Virginia K. Karnes Research Professor of Law at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, and an Affiliated Professor of History at Northwestern University. He is also a Research Professor and Former Director of the American Bar Foundation, an independent, non-profit research institute that focuses on the empirical and interdisciplinary study of law. He is the author of Making the Modern American Fiscal State: Law, Politics and the Rise of Progressive Taxation and co-editor of The New Fiscal Sociology: Taxation in Comparative and Historical Perspective.