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. We are also the umbrella body for a number of affiliate organisations you can see here.
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 We need to urgently repeal the unnecessary and destructive tax on carbon dioxide
Timothy Andrews Timothy 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. Timothy Andrews is the creator and Managing Editor of www.menzieshouse.com.au and www.stopgillardscarbontax.com. 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.
Deputy Director: John Humphries
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: Free Speech Australia
Siobhan Harris is the Director of Free Speech Australia, a project of the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance, and is the spokesperson for StopBigBrother.com.au. Ms Harris is currently a student at La Trobe University, where she is undertaking a Bachelors Social Science majoring in politics. She has experience working in the energy industry and in marketing, and is passionate about social policy and in particular promoting civil liberties.
Program Director: Austen Erickson
Austen Erickson is a PhD student in Applied Mathematics at the University of New South Wales. He received his Master of Science Applied Mathematics at Northwestern University, and did his undergraduate work at the University of Rochester where he earned a triple Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Physics and Environmental Science. Before moving to Australia he was highly involved in the American liberty movement, through the Foundation for Economic Education and the Institute of Human Studies. His personal research interests include developing robust mathematical models of biological and economic processes. In his spare time, he enjoys training for and competing in obstacle/adventure racing and reading whatever he can get his hands on.
Board of Advisers
Dr. Alex Robson: Dr. Robson is a senior lecturer at Griffith University, and is widely regarded as one of Australia’s leading economists in the field of tax reform. Dr. Robson received his Ph.D in economics from the University of California, and has previously worked as a Research Economist for the Australian Treasury, a lecturer of Economics at the Australian National University, as Senior Economist to Concept Economics, and as the Senior Economic Adviser to the Federal Leader of the Opposition. He has recently published the economic textbook Law & Markets.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. Julian Leeser: Julian Leeser is the Executive Director of the Menzies Research Centre, which works to promote the principles of individual liberty, free speech, competitive enterprise, limited government and democracy. Mr. Leeser has previously been employed as an Associate to High Court Justice Ian Callinan, and as an adviser to Tony Abbott MP and Phillip Ruddock MP. 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. 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. 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