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The Australian Taxpayers' Alliance believes in advocating of behalf of taxpayers' rights, ensuring that they are fairly and accurately represented in the political process.
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
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.
Australians pay too much tax to prop up wasteful government spendingAussie Businesses are being crippled by over-regulation costing tens of thousands of jobs.Our huge bureaucracy means entrepreneurs can’t get a fair goA free economy as the best way to achieve economic prosperityWe need to slash the size of government and return power to AustraliansWe 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 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.
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 interferenceMenzies 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!
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
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 Australian, Australian Financial Review, Sydney Morning Herald, and Wall Street Journal Asia. Sinclair has also published in academic journals such as the European Journal of Political Economy, Review of Political Economy, Journal of Economic Behavior andOrganization and the Cato Journal.
Dr Chris Berg is one of Australia’s most prominent voices for free markets and individual liberty, and a leading authority on over-regulation, economic freedom and civil liberties. Dr Berg is a Postdoctoral Fellow at RMIT University and a Senior Fellow with the Institute of Public Affairs and is the author of five books including In Defence of Freedom of Speech: from Ancient Greece to Andrew Bolt.
The Cato Institute praised the “wit and grace” of his book Liberty, Equality & Democracy, and the Sydney Morning Herald described his The Libertarian Alternative as “spirited and sometimes wry”. His other books include Magna Carta: the tax revolt that gave us liberty and The Growth of Australia’s Regulatory State. He is also the editor of 100 Great Books of Liberty and The National Curriculum: A Critique.
Dr Berg’s articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The Australian, the Australian Financial Review, and the Sydney Morning Herald, as well as magazines such as Quadrant,Spectator Australia and Overland. He has been a regular columnist with the Sunday Age and ABC’s The Drum. His scholarly contributions have appeared in the Australian Journal of Political Science, Econ Journal Watch, Agenda, and Trends in Anaesthesia and Critical Care. He is a frequent media commentator on television and radio and appears regularly throughout the electronic press.
He holds a PhD in economics from RMIT University and bachelor’s degree in history and political science from the University of Melbourne.
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.
David commenced legal practice in 1974. He is admitted to practise in Australia, England and Wales (Lincoln’s Inn), the Courts of the Dubai International Financial Centre, New York (as a Legal Consultant), the Singapore International Commercial Court, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1986. David was President of the Taxation Institute of Australia from 1993 to 1995, and of the Asia Oceania Tax Consultants’ Association from 1996 to 2000.
He has lectured at the University of Sydney for the Master of Taxation course, the University of Queensland for the Master of Laws course and served as an Adjunct Professor of the University of Queensland. He is the co-editor of the Oxford University Press Journal Trusts & Trustees.
David is listed in the Taxation Category in the Australian Financial Review/Best Lawyers review of the Australian Legal Profession in 2008 and all later years and in 2014 was the Tax Institute’s Chartered Tax Adviser of the Year. In 2010 he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun (with Gold Rays and Neck Ribbon) for his services to Australia-Japan relations. In 2012 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for, among other things, "service ... to taxation law and legal education."
Tom 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: 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).
Theresa 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..
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.
Sam Kennard: Sam Kennard is Managing Director of Kennards Self Storage. Appointed to lead the business in 1995, under his stewardship Kennards Self Storage has grown to over 85 locations and assets in excess of $1 billion in value, as well as becoming a Brand known to most Australian households.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.
Joanne 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.
Celeste Arenas is a Sydney University Graduate and was the previous ANZSFL Finance and Fundraising Director. She founded Australia's first student libertarian publication, The Gold Standard. She has previously worked as the Sydney University campus coordinator for the Institute of Public Affairs where she managed the Generation Liberty program. Her favourite role models are Milton Friedman, Ayn Rand and Gina Rinehart.She has led the operations of the Australian Taxpayers' Alliance since 2015, most notably during the ALS and ATA Annual Friedman Conferences.
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!
Queensland State Director: Roderick SchneiderRoderick 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.
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.
Victorian 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.
New South Wales State Director: Alex Butterworth
New South Wales Deputy State Director: Kerrod GreamKerrod 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
Western Australia State Director: Lee HerridgeLee 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.
West Australian Deputy State Director: Kathleen LingerKathleen 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.