The tax forum to be held in Canberra on 4 and 5 October is to consider recommendations made by former Treasury secretary Ken Henry in ‘Australia’s Future Tax System’.
There will be 156 participants and 46 observers, but members the federal opposition have been excluded, as were applicants associated with Prosper Australia.
The participants will be made up of 32 community representatives, 32 business representatives and tax practitioners, 13 union representatives, seven superannuation fund and financial planning representatives, 20 academics and other tax experts, 19 federal ministers and MPs, nine federal crossbench politicians, five heads of federal agencies, eight state and territory government ministers, three local government representatives, five members of the Australia’s Future Tax System Review Panel and three members of the GST Distribution Review Panel.
Observers will be made up of 10 members of the general public, 10 students, 18 federal department and agency representatives and eight state and territory department representatives.
As Prosper Australia members have been precluded from attending, Karl Fitzgerald is having a Tax Summit special screening of the documentary “Real Estate 4 Ransom” at 6:30 pm on Tuesday 4 October at the Dendy Canberra Centre, level 2/148 Bunda Street. Karl will take questions after the screening.
There will be much more relevance to the tax-induced plight of world economies found in the documentary than will be canvassed at the forum, so all participants on 4th and 5th of October and members of the Coalition parties should also take the opportunity to attend on the evening of the 4th if they are at all interested in addressing real solutions to the global financial crisis.