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2014 Fulbright Fellowship

I have been fortunate enough to be awarded a Fulbright Senior Fellowship to study in the United States for three months in fall 2014.

I will be based at George Mason University’s Arlington Campus on the doorstep of DC but given my Fulbright research will focus on the impact of the Financial Crisis on US federalism (and lessons for Australia) I will be travelling widely within the US to get a range of regional perspectives these issues.

This research project is extremely relevant to the current Australian debate on federalism reform, especially since the Commonwealth’s Commission of Audit recommended adopting the US practice of the State sharing federal income taxes.

More information on the Fulbright award can be found here

Cost of Living Study Released – February 2014

I released a study on the changing cost of living pressures facing Tasmanian households in the lead-up to the March 2014 State election. Using the Household Income and Labour Dynamics Australia (HILDA) data the study highlights how cost of living pressures on low income Tasmanian households are intensifying and that increasing numbers of households in the bottom 20% of the income distribution are spending all of the disposable income on necessities of life – this is unsustaibable. The study also sketches a reform agenda for the next Tasmanian Government.

The report is available here and received a good deal of press coverage in the local media.

The Political Realities of Gambling Reform – Keynote Speech

Gambling reform has been a prominent issue during the tenure of the Gillard government. Indeed Tasmanian independent Andrew Wilkie’s support for the minority Labor government was contingent on support for gaming machine reform. Given this context I was happy to give a keynote address to the National Association of Gambling Studies annual conference in November 2012. The speech provided a general political science perspective on the political barriers to gaming reform in Australia and their implications for stakeholders and policy makers. I’m in the process of finalising this speech for publication which will be available here shortly.

Griffith Review #39 – Tasmania: The Tipping Point – February 2013

The February 2013 issue of the literary and current affairs journal Griffith Review is devoted to Tasmania and the challenges the ongoing challenges the island State faces.

The special issue features a frank and challenging assessment of Tasmania’s economic malaise by Jonathon West and very funny piece by MONA supremo David Walsh.

 Essays from the the special issue can be found on The Conversation Website here and a link to my modest contribution (an essay on Tasmanian and the future of Australian federalism) can be found here.

New Book Published – The Dynamics of Global Economic Governance – December 2012

My three year research project on international tax cooperation in the aftermath of financial crisis has culminated with the publication of The Dynamics of Global Economic Governance:The Financial Crisis, The OECD and the Politics of International Tax Cooperation in December 2012. Sincere thanks to the many and varied friends and colleagues who helped with this project.

Details of the book are available here:

Recent Media Commentary

Commentary: Aftermath of the 2014 Tasmanian Election

https://theconversation.com/tasmania-election-aftermath-what-now-for-the-apple-isle-24218

Griffith Review #39 – Tasmania: The Tipping Point – February 2013

The February 2013 issue of the literary and current affairs journal Griffith Review is devoted to Tasmania and the challenges the ongoing challenges the island State faces.

The special issue features a frank and challenging assessment of Tasmania’s economic malaise by Jonathon West and very funny piece by MONA supremo David Walsh.

 Essays from the the special issue can be found on The Conversation Website here and a link to my modest contribution (an essay on Tasmanian and the future of Australian federalism) can be found here.

Media on tax reform, Tasmanian politics and finances April 2011

2011 has been busy in so far as public debate about tax and CGC reform, State budget strategy and politics is concerned. As a consequence I’ve been reasonably busy fielding various interviews and speaking requests from the media and community organisations.

Highlights include providing the ‘political outlook’ presentation at the recent Committee for the Economic Development  ‘2011 Tasmania Outlook’ conference. The audio of the presentation is here.

ABC Radio Tasmania Friday Forum

I recently (October 29) appeared as a panelist on ABC Radio’s Friday Forum. The panel discussed the recent parliamentary debate on Australia’s military commitment in Afghanistan and the challenges facing the Tasmanian Tourism Industry (among other issues) . The podcast can be accessed here:

Interview on the 2010 Federal Election Campaign

To view a recent (July 30) ABC Stateline interview on the 2010 Federal election campaign click here