Tax Research Seminars Online

The tax research seminar online series hosted by the Melbourne Law School, aimed to provide a regular and congenial forum for presentation and discussion of new academic tax law, policy and theory research by colleagues in Australia, New Zealand and the region. The seminars are run online as a Zoom meeting, with 25 to 30 minutes paper presentation followed by comments from a discussant and then ample time for questions and discussion. This seminar is by invitation only, please register your interest at to be included in the mailing list.


  • 28 April 2022 - Global Tax Hubs: Theory and Evidence. Presented by, Professor Eduardo Baistrocchi (London School of Economics) with Professor Tsilly Dagan (Professor of Tax Law, Oxford University) as discussant. Chaired by Professor Miranda Stewart . View the recording.
  • 5 May 2022 - A History of Tax reform in Australia. The seminar covers the 6 papers, published as TTPI working papers. Presented by Mr Paul Tilley (University of Melbourne/ ANU TTPI) with Emeritus Professor Chris Evans (UNSW) as discussant. Chaired by Professor Miranda Stewart. Download the seminar PowerPoint.
  • 6 June 2022 - Mr Heydon Wardell-Burrus will present his paper MNE and State Strategic Responses to Pillar 2 and Dr Suranjali Tandon (NIPFP) will present,  Impact of Pillar 2 on developing countries. This seminar is co-hosted with the Global Tax Symposium. View the recording.


  • 29 April 2021.  MLSTRSO-Special Edition: Rebellion, Rascals, and Revenue.  A discussion with Joel Slemrod (University of Michigan) and Mike Keen (Deputy Director of the Fiscal Affairs Department at the International Monetary Fund) on their new book, Rebellion, Rascals, and Revenue (Princeton Press, 2021).  Recording can be viewed here.
  • 27 May 2021- History of Tax reform in Australia. Presented by Mr Paul Tilley (University of Melbourne/ ANU TTPI) with Mr Greg Smith (Former Head of Treasury Budget and Revenue Groups) as discussant and chaired by Professor Miranda Stewart. The seminar covered paper 1, paper 2, paper 3, published as TTPI working papers, and paper 4 (draft form), with a focus on papers 3 and 4. Slides from the presentation can be viewed here.
  • 30 September 2021 - Taxation of the Commercialised Body. Presented by Mr Micah Burch (University of Sydney) with Professor Julie Cassidy (the University of Auckland) as discussant and chaired by Professor Miranda Stewart.
  • 28 October 2021 - A Review of the Luxury Car Tax. Presented by Dr Kathryn James (Monash University) with Dr Troy Henderson (University of Sydney) as discussant and chaired by Professor Miranda Stewart.

  • 25 November 2021 - Taxing Excess Profits in a Time of Crisis: Reflecting on the wartime experiences. Presented by Professor Emeritus John Taylor (UNSW) with Mr Paul Tilley (University of Melbourne/ ANU TTPI) and chaired by Professor Miranda Stewart.


  • 17 September 2020 - Diagnosing the VAT Compliance Burden: A Cross-Country Assesment, co-authored with R Brown, C Evans, B Tran-Nam, M Walpole, presented by, Professor Richard Highfield (University of News South Wales). Professor Miranda Stewart will chair the seminar and the discussant will be Professor Rick Krever (University of Western Australia).

  • 27 August 2020 - International Tax Frameworks: Assessing the 2020s Compromise from the Perspective of Taxing the Digital Economy. Presented by, Professor Craig Elliffe (University of Auckland) based on his forthcoming book, Taxing the Digital Economy: Theory, Policy and Practice, Cambridge University Press. The presentation slides can be downloaded here. Professor Miranda Stewart chaired the seminar with commentary from Professor Kerrie Sadiq (Queensland University of Technology).

  • 30 July 2020 - Tax and the Inheritance of Wealth, presented by Dr Dan Halliday (University of Melbourne). The seminar was on the proposal by Dr Daniel Halliday in his book, Inheritance of Wealth: Justice, Equality, and the Right to Bequeath, Oxford University Press (2018), to tax the inheritance of wealth. Chair Miranda Stewart presented responses to Dr Halliday’s book in a journal symposium, from Professor Miranda Fleischer (University of San Diego) and Professor Jonathan Wolff (University of Oxford). Dr Daniel Halliday draft response on the commentary papers can be downloaded here.