We are dedicated to standing up for hardworking Australian taxpayers.

  • Promoting a Fair Tax System

    The Australian Taxpayers' Alliance believes in advocating of behalf of taxpayers' rights, ensuring that they are fairly and accurately represented in the political process.

  • Less Government Regulation

     

  • Who We Are

    The Australian Taxpayers' Alliance is a unique grassroots advocacy & activist organisation comprised of over 25,000 members dedicated to standing up for hardworking Australian taxpayers. We oppose the high taxes, wasteful spending, and crippling red tape that are hurting Aussie families and businesses, and provide a voice for everyone who opposes the big-government agenda.

    Click HERE to meet our team!

    We are  also advised by our Academic Fellows and our Board of Advisers

    Vision Statement


    The vision of the Australian Taxpayers Alliance is to transform Australia into the low-tax, small-government market-based economy needed for continued personal and economic prosperity.

    What we Believe


    Australians pay too much tax to prop up wasteful government spending
    Aussie Businesses are being crippled by over-regulation costing tens of thousands of jobs.
    Our huge bureaucracy means entrepreneurs can’t get a fair go
    A free economy as the best way to achieve economic prosperity
    We need to slash the size of government and return power to Australians
    We need to have transparency to know how the government is spending our money.
    We need to give power back to workers – not union bosses or government bureaucrats

    What we do



      • Spread the message of small government, individual freedom, and free markets to the Australian people through traditional and new media techniques of civic engagement

     

      • Run grassroots online campaigns to lobby governments to achieve policy objectives

     

      • Run events throughout Australia including panel discussions, conferences, special guest presentations, and social functions

     

      • Educate Australians of the benefits of lean government as opposed to the counterproductive effects of government largess and cronyism

     

      • Create a positive, identifiable vision of a prosperous Australia to inspire people to take action to achieve this future.

     

      • Identifying examples of the waste of taxpayer dollars and expose these to the general public through media campaigns

     

      • Identify, educate, and mobilise centre-right Australians to effectively engage in activities to influence the Australian political agenda and provide the necessary support, development, training

     

      • Provide a powerful voice for taxpayers in the political process

     

      • We are also the umbrella body for a number of affiliate organisations you can see here.



    Frequently Asked Questions


    What is the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance?

    The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance (ATA) is an innovative new activist organisation, dedicated to fighting Australia’s crippling levels of taxation, over-regulation, and government waste through the creation of an empowered and highly-mobilised grassroots movement.

    Why is the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance needed?

    Political discourse in Australia is been dominated by numerous highly effective left-wing astroturf groups such as GetUp!, with no counterpoint challenging them or providing public support for sound public policy. As a result, the Australian economy is being strangled by high taxation, excessive regulation, and government waste, and unless we change course, Australia faces long term economic disaster. The ATA shall be critical in educating, activating and mobilising Australians to support sound policy, and provide the momentum necessary to convert this into legislator reform.

    How is the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance different from the CIS or the IPA?

    The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance is not a think tank: it is a do tank!  Rather than focussing on conducting research, or influencing opinion leaders, the activities of the ATA shall be directed towards educating and activating everyday Australians, thereby creating an effective grassroots movement for change.

    Is this a right-wing GetUp?

    No! In contrast to the out-dated command-and-control style micromanagement structure of GetUp!, the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance is a decentralised network designed to empower individuals to take action in their own communities, and create their own ‘franchises’ within an appropriate framework. As such, the ATA activities shall be directed through the proven more-effective ‘bottom-up’ method, in contrast to the out-dated top-down approach used by GetUp. This key difference will ensure that the ATA shall become considerably more effective than GetUp!, while requiring less resources.

    Why the name Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance?

    Australian taxpayers are presently unrepresented in political debate where special interest groups and ‘rent seekers’ dominate. As such, hard-working Australian taxpayers shall have a voice in political discourse. Furthermore, due to the decentralised structure of the ATA, numerous subsidiaries will be established under the overall ATA framework, providing further opportunities for different branding and demographic micro-targeting.

  • Affiliates

    The Australian Taxpayers' Alliance is the umbrella body for a number of affiliate organisations:

    MyChoice Australia: MyChoice is Australia's leading anti-nanny state organisation, and is dedicated to fighting for individual freedom and personal responsibilities!

    Free Speech Australia: Formed in response to the Federal Government's attack on free speech through media censorship and regulation, as well as the proposed anti-discrimination bill, Free Speech Australia is eternally vigilant in protecting and promoting our freedoms from government interference

    Menzies House: Menzies House is Australia's number one non-partisan opinion website dedicated to promoting conservative, classical liberal, libertarian and centre-right authors.

    Australian Libertarian Society: Founded in 2001, the Australian Libertarian Society has recently joined in partnership with the Australian Taxpayers' Alliance to promote the values of small government and free markets.

    Liberty On The Rocks:  Liberty on the Rocks Australia as the centre of the centre-right social scene!  Part of a growing international movement, and with chapters in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Liberty On The Rocks is Australia’s only regular nonpartisan social gathering of young centre-right professionals. Whether you work in politics or just have an avid interest, whether you consider yourself conservative, libertarian, classical liberal, or simply centre-right, or whether you’d simply wish to develop your professional networks, this is your opportunity to meet with like minded persons, develop your contacts, and have a good time!

  • Academic Fellows

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    Dr Mikayla Novak:  Mikayla is a Senior Fellow with the Institute of Public Affairs. She has previously worked for Commonwealth and State public sector agencies, including the Commonwealth Treasury and Productivity Commission and was also previously advisor to the Queensland Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Her opinion pieces have been published in The Australian, Australian Financial Review, The Age, and the Courier Mail, on issues ranging from state public finances to social services reform. Her PhD was awarded from RMIT for her research into the growth of government and how that impacts on economic growth. Julie has also been a prolific contributor to Policy Journal, The Drum, Online Opinion, The Punch, and of course the award-winning IPA Review. You can follow her on Twitter @novakmikayla


     

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    Professor Sinclair Davidson is Professor in the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing at RMIT and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. He has written extensively on taxation policy in Australia and is a regular contributor to public debate. His opinion pieces have been published in The Age,The AustralianAustralian Financial ReviewSydney Morning Herald, and Wall Street Journal Asia. Sinclair has also published in academic journals such as the European Journal of Political EconomyReview of Political EconomyJournal of Economic Behavior andOrganization and the Cato Journal.


     

     

     

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    Professor Jason Potts is a professor of economics at RMIT, and an economic theorist who specialises in problems of economic growth and change. He works in areas of economic evolution, technological change, institutional economics, economics of innovation, economics of cities, and the economics of cultural and creative industries. His current research focuses on innovation in the commons, and on global innovation policy. Potts is a Professor of Economics at RMIT University, as well as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Economics at the University of Queensland, and an Adjunct Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. He was the 2000 winner of the International Joseph A Schumpeter Prize, has published over 60 articles and six books. He is currently an editor of Journal of Institutional Economics, and Innovation: Management, Practice and Policy.

     

     


     

     

     

     

    Dr. Michael Keane: Dr. Keane is a lecturer in public health at Monash University, and a researcher at the Centre for Human Psychopharmacology at Swinburne University. Dr. Keane has authored extensive peer-reviewed pieces on the ethical implications of public health policy, his most recent in the Medial Journal of Australia attacking lifestyles taxes, and the overall attempts by governments to regulate behaviour through the tax code.


     

     

     

     

     


    Dr. Patrick Michaels:  Patrick Michaels serves as Chief Scientific Adviser to Stop Gillards’ Carbon Tax. Dr. Michaels is a Senior Research Fellow for Policy and Economic Development at George Mason University, and a Senior Environmental Fellow at the Cato Institute. He is a past president of the American Association of State Climatologists and was program chair for the Committee on Applied Climatology of the American Meteorological Society. Michaels was also a research professor of Environmental Sciences at University of Virginia for thirty years. Michaels is a contributing author and reviewer of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

     

     

     

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  • Board of Advisers

    tomSwitzerTom Switzer is editor of the Spectator Australia, and a research associate at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. He has previously worked as a Senior Adviser to the federal Opposition Leader, as Opinion Editor of The Australian, an editorial writer at the Australian Financial Review and as an Assistant Editor at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.

    Ross-Cameron_SmallRoss Cameron: Ross was the Liberal Member for Paramatta from 1996 to 2004, and he served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Family and Community Services and then as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, where he was known for his passionate pursuit of cutting spending and taxation. After politics, Ross worked as a Senior Consultant for Macquarie Bank and has since pursued several business interests as well as being a regular opinion writer for Fairfax Digital and The Australian. More recently, Ross has become a regular face on Sky News — appearing weekly the Paul Murray Live (Monday nights 9-10pm), PM Agenda (Thursdays 1:30pm) and on Contrarians (Fridays 4-6pm).

    TeeJ8-228x300Theresa Moltoni OAM: Theresa Moltoni is the  Managing Director of IRIQ, a professional services firm that specialises in Industrial Relations consultancy, advice, advocacy and training, which she founded in 2008.

    Theresa is currently President of the Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland, Vice President of the Industrial Relations Society of Queensland and Chair of the Workplace Relations Group at The Brisbane Club. She is an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In June 2016, she was honoured with an Order of Australia Medal for her services to industrial relations.

    Theresa’s extensive career, which spans more than 25 years, covers a wide range of high-level executive roles in a number of industry sectors. These roles have encompassed Human Resources, Industrial Relations and CEO responsibilities.

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    unnamed (2)Warwick Morris: Warwick Morris retired as Chairman of Sumatra Copper and Gold plc in 2013, a company he and others floated on the ASX in 2009. Prior to that he served as an executive director of Macquarie Group Ltd where he had been chairman of the Metals and Energy Capital business and co-head and founder of the Macquarie Energy Capital business in Houston USA; his career at Macquarie spaned 17 years from 1990 to 2007. Mr Morris also founded and listed, along with partners, Wine Planet Holdings Ltd, which was a pioneering e-commerce business, in the mid-late 1990s. He is geologist by training and spent many years in the resources and construction sectors after graduation. He has worked in numerous developing nations throughout Asia and Africa as well as OECD countries.

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    He has extensive experience in business and property development across Australia and New Zealand.

    Sam has served on the Board of the Self Storage Association of Australasia and private companies.

    Kennards Self Storage remains a privately owned family business. He may be followed on twitter at @Samkss and on Linkedin as: Sam Kennard

    Ron Manners: Ron Manners is founder and Executive Director of the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation, a Perth based free-market think tank. He is a Fellow of both the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and his contributions to industry and Australia have been marked by several awards including being elected as a “Mining Legend” at the 2005 Excellence in Mining & Exploration Conference in Sydney. In 2010 he was appointed to the Board of Overseers for the Atlas Economic Research Foundation.

    jo-nova-12a-250Joanne Nova: Jo Nova is a prize-winning science grad and award winning blogger. The former host of a children’s TV series on Channel Nine, Jo was also formally an associate lecturer in Science Communication at the ANU.
    She’s been blamed for the collapse of the ETS and named in the Australian Parliament. The Oxfam report on ClimateGate news improbably listed her blog influence as being equal to NASA in the Climategate email saga. The Wheeler Centre in Melbourne listed Jo Nova as the balancing counterpoint to the combined scientific weight of The UN and government departments.  Her blog won The LifeTime Achievement Award in the 2014 Bloggies and Best Australian and New Zealand Blog in 2012.

    Ken Phillips: Ken Phillips is Australia’s leading advocate for the self-employed and independent contractors, and is the Executive Director of Independent Contractors of Australia. Mr. Phillips is the former director of the work reform unit of the Institute of Public Affairs, and is the author of Independence and the Death of Employment.

  • Our Team

    Executive Director: Tim Andrews

     

     

    Tim Andrews is a graduate of the University of Sydney, graduating with a Bachelor of Economics (Social Sciences), a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Masters of Public Policy. Whilst studying, he served two terms as Federal President of the Australian Liberal Students’ Federation, and in 2007 he was elected to the Board of Management of the HR Nicholls Society, a position he continues to hold today.  He has considerable experience in grassroots and taxpayer advocacy, both in Australia  and internationally, including employment at the Washington DC based Americans for Tax Reform. He is not a member of any political party. Tim Andrews is the creator and Managing Editor of www.menzieshouse.com.au


     

     

    Deputy Director: John Humphreys

     

     

    John Humphreys is Queensland based economist and current PhD student at the University of Queensland.  John received his economics honours degree from the University of Queensland before going on to work as a Policy Analyst with the Commonwealth Treasury, Consultant with the Centre for International Economics and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies. John is the founder and President of the humanitarian non-profit Human Capital Project, and also the Director of the Australian Libertarian Society.


     

     

     

    Director of Operations: Austen Erickson

     

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    Austen Erickson is the Chairman Emeritus of the Australia and New Zealand Students for Liberty Executive Board. He is also a Director of the Australian Libertarian Society *. Austen is currently a PhD student in Applied Mathematics at the University of New South Wales. He holds an MSc in Applied Mathematics from Northwestern University, and a triple BSc from the University of Rochester in Mathematics, Physics, and Environmental Science.

     

    MyChoice Australia Director: Lara Jeffery

     

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    Lara Jeffery is a network-focused communicator and community organiser. She has industry experience in media, parliament, community and volunteering work, sports and hospitality, at home and in the United States where she worked with Young Americans for Liberty and Americans for Tax Reform. Lara is completing a bachelor of media, public relations and advertising at the University of New South Wales, where she advocates for academic freedom as President of her campus’ chapter of Students for Liberty, and Treasurer of the national Australia and New Zealand Students for Liberty (ANZSFL).

     

    Free Speech Australia Director: Rachel Connor


    1474375_10202515681872158_50844210_nRachel is the founder and President of the UQ Students for Liberty, Vice-President of Australia & New Zealand Students for Liberty, and Secretary of the Human Capital Project. She has a degree in international studies (development and French) and a Master’s degree in development economics from the University of Queensland. Rachel has worked as an intern for the United Nations (New Delhi office), the Khmer Rouge Tribunal (Cambodia), and has volunteered overseas. She was previously the communications officer for the UQ Association of Postgraduate Students.

    Events Manager: Rachael Wheldall

     

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    Rachael is a communications all-rounder, with extensive experience in marketing, event production and management, content and copywriting, business research, relationship management and all things online. She has worked closely with key Australian and international industry leaders in business, media and government. Rachael has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney, and is currently undertaking post graduate studies in marketing at Charles Sturt University. A digital native, Rachael is experienced in navigating and utilising the online world in a business context. Rachael is passionate about Australian politics, economics and global affairs, but retains a soft spot for English literature.

    Operations Director: Celeste Arenas


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    Celeste Arenas is a third year Arts students at Sydney University. She is currently on the executive board of ANZSFL and is directing its first publication - The Gold Standard. She is also the Sydney University campus coordinator for the Institute of Public Affairs where she manages the new initiative - Generation Liberty. Her favourite role models are Milton Friedman, Ayn Rand and Gina Rinehart.

    Amongst her responsibilities at the Australian Taxpayers' Alliance, she is the Administrator of the Australian Liberty Calendar.

     

  • State Directors

    The Australian Taxpayers' Alliance is excited to announce our newest initiative: the appointment of State Directors to help co-ordinate ATA campaigns in states around Australia!

    Rod-Schneider-180x300-150x150Queensland State Director: Roderick Schneider

    Roderick Schneider is the Membership Director of the Australian Institute for Progress.

    He is a Financial Adviser and is on the Queensland committee of the Association of Financial Advisers. Roderick is a regular guest on Triple J’s current affairs programme Hack, and was a participant in the award-winning SBS documentary “Go Back To Where You Came From.” Roderick holds a Masters degree in Business and a Bachelors degree in Commerce from the University of Southern Queensland, and was a former President of the YLNP.

    0-e1417583335189-150x150 ACT Director: Dr Ben O'Neill Dr O'Neil is a lecturer in statistics and mathematics at the University of New South Wales (ADFA) in Canberra. He holds a PhD in statistics, two Masters degrees (economics & law) and two undergraduate degrees (actuarial studies & law). His scholarly writing has been published in The Mathematical Scientist, International Statistical Review, Journal of Approximate Reasoning, Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, Policy Journal, and The Independent Review. he is also a Templeton Fellow of the Independent Institute, a presenter at the “Liberty and Society” seminars hosted by The Centre for Independent Studies, speaker at the Australian Mises Seminars, and a regular contributor to the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

    10696208_10152898067581096_7990882451921254974_n-150x150Victorian State Director: Marguerite Iliescu

    Marguerite Iliescu is the National Coordinator for Liberty on the Rocks Australia and 2014 Australian Libertarian Society Libertarian Activist of the Year. She has experience in event coordination and administration in both the private and public sectors and is passionate about campaigning for civil liberties and drug policy reform.

    1609697_10152650821929989_322121146_n-1-150x150Victorian Deputy Director: Zeev Vinokurov

    Vladimir Zeev Vinokurov is a practising solicitor. A committed libertarian, he came to his views partly due to his Russian background and keen awareness of its Soviet past. In his spare time he is an avid reader of history, politics and fiction, and helps organise Liberty on the Rocks, a monthly libertarian drinks night, in Melbourne. He has also written for Catallaxy Files and Menzies House.

    unnamed-1-150x150New South Wales State Director: Alex Butterworth



    Alex is an Intellectual Property Lawyer with NewSouth Innovations, having previously worked for global law firm Squire Patton Boggs.

    Alex has previously worked with members of state and federal parliament, state and federal shadow ministers and as an intern with the former Chairman of the United States Congress House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. As a young person in politics, Alex led several organisations, including the Australian Liberal Students' Federation and the WA branch of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy.

    11872734_10155884858820447_25190435_nNew South Wales Deputy State Director: Kerrod Gream

    Kerrod Gream is an economics student at University of Sydney, Australia and the Chairman of Australia & New Zealand Students for Liberty. He is an associate editor of the Australian online centre-right forum Menzies House. Kerrod was also founding president of the University of Sydney Libertarian Society, current president of the University of Sydney Economics and Econometrics Society, and a long-time co-ordinator of Sydney Liberty On The Rocks

    10822622_10152531371642683_688174069_n-150x150Western Australia State Director: Lee Herridge
    Lee worked for ten years in retail and has spent the last three years working as a labourer for a local small business. He was a candidate in the 2010 Federal election for the seat of Forrest, and a a candidate in the 2012 Busselton City Council elections. He is passionate about housing policy and the minimum wage.

    320133_10150341551984177_1574350674_n-150x150West Australian Deputy State Director: Kathleen Linger

    Kathleen Linger has a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and an MBA. She is a former journalist and editor. Kathleen worked for a number of years in the corporate environment, gaining a broad range of experience in strategic planning, advertising and marketing communications, culture-change, and seminar development. She is one of the Perth Liberty On The Rocks organisers and a Vice President of the Mt Lawley Branch of the Liberal Party.

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