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Allegra Spender MP & Dr Richard Denniss

Independent Member for Wentworth & Executive Director, the Australia Institute
Australia’s Tax dilemma: the case for real reform

Wednesday, 31 January 2024

The National Press Club of Australia

Allegra Spender MP, Independent Member for Wentworth & Dr Richard Denniss, Executive Director, the Australia Institute, will Address to the National Press Club of Australia on "Australia’s Tax dilemma: the case for real reform".

Allegra Spender MP

Allegra Spender is the independent member for Wentworth. Allegra has an economics degree from Cambridge University, is a member of the House Economics Committee and the Joint Migration Committee and has been an outspoken advocate for tax reform.

Since entering parliament as part of the so-called “Teal wave” in May 2022, Allegra has embarked on her own tax reform process, bringing together leading economists, business leaders, unions, social sector organizations and environmental groups to join a series of roundtables. Her goal is to build consensus around how our tax system can drive productivity and growth, whilst addressing intergenerational inequity. Prior to entering politics, she has worked in the corporate, non-profit, private, and public sectors. She started her career at McKinsey & Company, before working at the U.K. Treasury and in a leading U.K. public teaching hospital.

Dr Richard Denniss, Executive Director, the Australia Institute

Executive Director of the Australia Institute, Dr Richard Denniss is a prominent Australian economist, author and public policy commentator, and has spent the last twenty years moving between policy-focused roles in academia, federal politics and think-tanks. 

He was also a Lecturer in Economics at the university of Newcastle and former Associate Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU. He is a regular contributor to The Monthly and the author of several books including: EconobabbleCuring Affluenza and Dead Right: How Neoliberalism Ate Itself and What Comes Next?


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