We are delighted to announce two new additions to the ATA Team: Dr Chris Berg, who will be joining us as an Academic Fellow, and David Rusell AM QC who will be joining our Board of Advisers!
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."
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.