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Expert panel examines housing tax reform

Former political leaders Brian Howe and John Hewson join AHURI Inquiry

13 October 2016

Former Deputy Prime Minister Prof Brian Howe AO and ex-leader of the Liberal Party, Dr John Hewson AM have joined key figures from government, business and a cross-university research team to form the expert panel for the AHURI Inquiry ‘Pathways to housing tax reform’. This Inquiry will identify pathways to reform which balance political imperatives against technical policy objectives by integrating practical policy analysis with economic modelling in three central elements of Australia’s housing tax regime.

The panel members are:

  • Mr Glen Byres, Property Council of Australia
  • Ms Anne Campbell, NSW Department of Family and Community Services
  • Dr Cassandra Goldie, Australian Council of Social Services
  • Mr Glen Hepburn, Victorian Treasury
  • Dr John Hewson AM, Australian National University, and Tax and Transfer Policy Institute
  • Prof. Brian Howe AO, University of Melbourne
  • Mr Paul McBride, Australian Department of Social Services
  • Mr Greg Smith, University of Melbourne Law School
  • Mr Peter White, Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services

At the first panel meeting held on 11 Oct, the research team presented a Discussion Paper on various policy considerations and the research to be undertaken which engendered constructive debate about the contemporary ‘compelling idea’ for housing policy and how to measure progress towards it, particularly given the significant changes in the housing market and demographic contexts.

The AHURI Inquiries benefit significantly from the strong and comprehensive experience of the panel members who all make important contributions to better understanding of these important policy issues.

This Inquiry will identify pathways to reform that balance political imperatives against technical policy objectives by integrating practical policy analysis with economic modelling in three central elements of Australia’s housing tax regime.

The Inquiry’s research program will be undertaken over the coming months with the Panel scheduled to meet to discuss early findings in mid-2017.

Find out more about this, and all the current AHURI Inquiries.