Academic Fellows

Academic Fellows - The Australian Taxpayers' Alliance


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 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.



unnamed_(3).pngDr 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 JournalThe 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 ScienceEcon Journal WatchAgenda, 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.






Dr Darcy Allen: A Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Blockchain Innovation Hub at RMIT University and an Adjunct Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. He is an institutional economist focused on the economics of new technologies. Dr Allen has published across academic journals including the International Journal of the Commons, New Perspectives on Political Economy, the Journal of Peer Production and the Review of Austrian Economics. He has also appeared as an expert witness before parliamentary inquiries on topics ranging from criminal justice reform to the regulation of technology. Dr Allen's research and commentary has featured widely across Australian and international print media including The Australian, the Australian Financial Review, Herald Sun and the Sydney Morning Herald. Dr Allen is the former editor of Australia's longest running quarterly magazine on politics and culture, the IPA Review, recently edited a book on Australian regulation, Australia's Red Tape Crisis: The Causes and Costs of Over-regulation. His PhD was passed outright at RMIT University in 2017 and he holds first class honours in economics and finance. 



Lorraine Finlay: Lorraine is a law lecturer at Murdoch University, teaching in constitutional law, criminal law and international human rights. Her recent research has focused on freedom of speech, being one of the co-authors of the 2015 book No Offence Intended: Why 18C is Wrong. Prior to joining Murdoch, Lorraine worked as a State Prosecutor with the WA DPP and was a Judge’s Associate at the High Court of Australia. She holds a dual Masters in Law from New York University and National University of Singapore. Lorraine is a former President of the Australian Liberal Students' Federation (2001-02) and international intern with The Leadership Institute in Washington D.C (2002).

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