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Edition: August 2020
Melbourne Commencement Ceremony 2020 by Andrew Hobbs
Semester 2 Tax Subjects
Limited spaces are still available for the following subjects. Please register early to ensure your space.
18-24 November
Lecturer: Professor Emeritus Arie Freiberg
This subject offered online focuses on regulation and policy of compliance and enforcement, and is taught by one of Australia’s leading scholars in the field. It is essential for regulators and practitioners alike. It will examine tax compliance and evasion behavior; investigatory agencies and their powers of information gathering, enforcement, prosecution and sentencing, the liability of advisers and promoters and international dimensions.

Comparative International Tax
2-8 December
Lecturer: Professor Kim Brooks

This subject offered online is taught by Professor Kim Brooks, Professor at the Schulich School of Law and Dean of the Business School at Dalhousie University, Canada. Professor Brooks is a leading international tax scholar and the subject provides a comparative analysis of topics in international taxation, including analysis and critique of different approaches taken by nations in the current era.
Applications are accepted throughout the year. Apply here or visit the website for further information:
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State Library and Grattan Institute Webinar Policy Pitch: How To Boost Female Workforce Participation
Professor Miranda Stewart joins a panel hosted by the State Library of Victoria and the Grattan Institute  for a lively discussion about the financial, cultural, time and care barriers to greater female workforce participation. The panel will identify changes in workplaces, families, and government policies that would help expand choices for Australian women. Other speakers include Danielle Wood, CEO, Grattan Institute and Emma Walsh,  CEO of Parents At Work, a social enterprise supporting both parents and organisations to better manage the challenges that employees face when juggling work and family life. The event is compered by Paul Austin.

Wednesday, 12 August

12.00pm - 1.00pm

Zoom Webinar

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Meet the Tax Group
Terry Murphy QC has been a Senior Fellow at the Melbourne Law School, leading our advanced Melbourne Law Masters subject, Taxation of Trusts, for more than a decade. Terry comments, “Thank God for trusts – otherwise I’d have to get a real job!” More seriously, we’d like to thank Terry for his extraordinary commitment to our program, as the Chair of our Tax Advisory Board and leader of our MLS Tax Discussion Group. Terry is a renowned tax advisor and litigator at the Victorian Bar, with more than 30 years of experience advising and appearing for taxpayers and revenue authorities in superior Courts. From 2008 to 2010, Terry was appointed as Special Counsel to the Australian Taxation Office. Terry is passionate about ongoing education for all legal and other practitioners, especially in tax, and he values the dedication, enthusiasm and innovative approach of students and faculty at the Law School.
Terry Murphy QC
Tax Clinic

The Melbourne Law School Tax clinic will be open to see clients between 18 August - 29 October 2020. The Clinic is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 2pm and 5pm. 
To make appointment, please click the register button below.

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The Melbourne Law School Tax Clinic is a supportive, inclusive, student-run clinic where you will receive free tax assistance from Melbourne Law School students. Our students are supervised by a dedicated clinic supervisor and experienced tax practitioners.

Tax Prizes and Awards

Forsyth Pose Scholarship

The scholarship is offered by the Business Law Section for the Law Council of Australia and will be awarded to the writer of a publishable quality paper on a topic of relevance to taxation law practitioners.
Maximum award: $5000
Closing date: 31 Aug 20 


Baxt Prize

The Law Council of Australia invites entries for the Baxt prize. This recognises a journal article on a topic related to Australian trade practice, corporate law or taxation law published by an eligible author in a qualifying journal between 1 July 2019 - 30 June 2020. Entrants must have been under the age of 35 on 30 June 2020.
Maximum award: $7500
Closing date: 31 Aug 20 

Dear friends and colleagues,
As we all continue to navigate Victoria’s stage 4 covid19 winter lockdown, the Tax Group continues to present outstanding courses and events online. This week, we debate reforming tax sharing in the federation, with Professor Mellinghoff of the Federal Supreme Finance Court in Germany. Our August tax research seminar is by Professor Craig Elliffe from the University of Auckland on the international tax consensus. The Law School Tax Clinic is open for consultations from next week – more details below. 

Our best wishes for everyone to stay well, stay warm and stay cheerful!

Miranda Stewart
Director, Tax Studies and the Tax group
Webinar: Reforming Tax Sharing in the Federation

Tuesday 11 August, 5pm

Professor Mellinghoff will present a Webinar on the German approach to fiscal federalism including tax sharing in the German federation. The talk will discuss the vertical and horizontal distribution of tax revenues and fiscal controls on the Federal, State and local governments. This timely webinar will be chaired by Professor Miranda Stewart, with expert Australian commentary including Emeritus Professor Cheryl Saunders and Professor John Freebairn of the University of Melbourne.
Professor Mellinghoff
Dr h.c. Rudolf Mellinghoff was the President of the Federal Supreme Finance Court of Germany. He is the President of the German Tax Jurist Society, Vice-President of the German section of the International Commission of Jurists and a member of the Judicial Integrity Group.

Tuesday, 11 August 2020

5.00pm - 6.30pm

Zoom Webinar

Registration Link
This event is co-hosted by the Tax Group and Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies, Melbourne Law School and supported by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS).
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Tax Research Seminars Online. International Tax Frameworks: Assessing the 2020s Compromise from the Perspective of Taxing the Digital Economy
This research seminar is presented by Professor Craig Elliffe, University of Auckland, based on his forthcoming book, Taxing the Digital Economy: Theory, Policy and Practice, Cambridge University Press. Professor Miranda Stewart will chair the seminar and the discussant will be Professor Kerrie Sadiq, QUT..

This seminar is by invitation only and is part of the tax research seminar online series hosted by the Melbourne Law School. We aim 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. Papers will be circulated to registered participants ahead of time. The usual format will be a presentation of a paper for about 25 to 30 minutes, comments from a discussant and then ample time for questions and discussion.

Thursday, 27 August 2020

3.30pm - 5.00pm

Zoom Seminar
by invitation only

(if you are interested in attending please email

Professor Craig Elliffe

Craig Elliffe is a Professor of Law specialising in Taxation at the University of Auckland. He is the Director of the Master of Taxation Programme and also Director of the New Zealand Centre for Law and Business. He is the author of International and Cross-Border Taxation in New Zealand (Thomson Reuters), which was awarded the JF Northey best law book award in 2015, and Dividend Imputation: Practice and Procedure (Lexis).