Director, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute
Professor Robert Breunig is one of Australia’s leading Public Policy Economists. His research is motivated by important social policy issues and debates, and his work is characterized by careful empirical study and appropriate use of statistical technique.
Professor Breunig’s research agenda has led to many partnerships with government organizations in Australia and overseas and he works regularly with the Australian Treasury, the Department of Employment, the Department of Industry, the Department of Communication and the Arts, the Productivity Commission, the Australian Bureau of Statistics as well as many other agencies. He has been a consultant to the private sector on marketing, mergers, bank competition and customer loyalty programs.
Chair, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute
Dr John Hewson is an economic and financial expert with experience in academia, business, government, media and the financial system. He has worked as an economist for the Australian Treasury, the Reserve Bank, the International Monetary Fund and as an advisor to two successive Federal Treasurers and the Prime Minister. Dr Hewson was the former leader of the federal opposition in Australia during 1990-1994.
Professor, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute
Miranda Stewart researches tax law and policy, including taxation of business entities in the context of globalisation; not-for-profits; tax and development; budget laws and institutions; and legitimacy of tax reform processes and institutions nationally and internationally.
Associate Professor, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute
Dr Mathias Sinning is an Associate Professor at the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute. He studied economics at the University of Heidelberg and received his PhD in economics from the University of Bochum in 2008. He is currently working on the project “Understanding Dynamic Aspects of Economic Inequality” funded by the Australian Research Council.
Professor, Crawford School
Bruce Chapman is an economist and has worked at the Australian National University since 1984. He has extensive experience in public policy, including: the motivation and design of the Higher Education Contribution Scheme in 1989. He was elected to the Academy of the Social Sciences of Australia in 1993, received an Order of Australia in 2003 for contributions to economic policy, and President of the Economics Society of Australia (2007-13).
Professor, Crawford School
Peter is the Director of the Social Policy Institute, at Crawford School of Public Policy. He has published extensively on various aspects of the Australian and New Zealand systems of income support. In July 2008, he was appointed by the Australian government to the Reference Group for the Harmer Review of the Australian pension system.
PhD Candidate, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute
Wendy is a lawyer with a Master of Business Administration who has spent most of her career in leadership roles in the Australian Public Service and Tasmanian State Service. She was formerly a Member of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal. Wendy is employed as a Director at the Australian Taxation Office. As the recipient of the 2014 ATO Commissioners’ Scholarship, Wendy is currently working full-time on her PhD.
Senior Research Fellow
David Ingles PhD (ANU) BEc and MEc (Sydney U) specialises in public finance with particular emphasis on tax and social security. He has worked in various Commonwealth and State Departments (QLD), including the Department of Social Security (later FACSIA), the Treasury, and the Economic Planning Advisory Council. In the early 1980s he was an advisor to Ministers in the Hawke Government. Most recently he has worked part-time for the Australia Institute, specialising in tax and superannuation reform. His PhD is in public policy.
Emily Millane is a Research Fellow at the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute (TTPI) of the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy. She studied arts and law at the University of Melbourne and is currently a PhD candidate at the Crawford School. She has previously worked as a lawyer, a research fellow at the Per Capita think tank and as a policy advisor. Emily’s research looks at the politics of tax reform in Australia, particularly in the area of superannuation.
ATO Secondee, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute
Andrew is an Assistant Director in Tax Policy Research at the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). He has previously held tax and macroeconomic related roles at the World Bank and the Department of Treasury. Andrew is currently a part-time PhD candidate at the Crawford School in Economics. His research is examining responses to the income tax and superannuation systems. At the TTPI, Andrew will examine the degree specific superannuation incentives prolong labour market participation and boost income and savings for workers approaching retirement.
Senior Research Officer
Kristen Sobeck is a Senior Research Officer at TTPI. Kristen studied economics and French at Smith College and has a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Geneva. Prior to joining TTPI, she worked as an economist at the International Labour Organization (ILO) from its headquarters in Geneva and country office in Argentina. She was also awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 2007.