27 August 2010
Women and tax
Dr Cathy Brigden, Marie Coleman, Rebecca Cassells, Associate Professor Miranda Stewart and Christine Peacock.
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An interactive workshop was held to address the gender impact of the Henry Tax Review, with particular focus on childcare funding and women’s financial wellbeing.
The Henry Tax Review was established by the Rudd Government in 2008 to examine Australia's tax and transfer system. The review was conducted by a panel of five, chaired by Dr Ken Henry.
Marie Coleman from the National Foundation for Australian Women began the workshop by welcoming guests and introducing panel members.
Ms Coleman explained that what Dr Henry said about women and tax was significant.
“Today’s workshop is aimed to get people from thinking ‘tax is too hard’, to understanding tax concepts and where we are heading.
“We need to think very clearly about the implications of these taxes on women.”
Associate Professor Miranda Stewart, Melbourne Law School, spoke about gender equity in tax policy.
“The Henry Tax Review acknowledges gender issues in the workplace but it in no way radically improves things for women in the workforce,” she said.
Rebecca Cassells, Senior Research Fellow, NATSEM, presented the latest NATSEM research on the Henry Tax Review and childcare funding.
The panel also featured Christine Peacock, from RMIT’s Graduate School of Business and Law, as the discussant with Dr Cathy Brigden, Women and Work Research Cluster Coordinator, as the chair.
The workshop was run by the Women and Work Research Cluster, Centre for Governance, Work and Technologies, RMIT; the National Foundation for Australian Women; and University of Melbourne Law School Tax Group.