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Sinclair Davidson

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Senior Research Fellow

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 and Organization and the Cato Journal.

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Submission to Treasury consultation into exposure draft of Tax Laws Amendment

SUBMISSION | Chris Berg and Sinclair Davidson

The Tax Laws Amendment (Tax Integrity Multinational Anti-avoidance Law) Bill 2015 exposure draft represents an important and concerning watershed in the practice of Australian corporate tax governance. The draft bill would base the...

'Google tax' will damage Australia's investment reputation

MEDIA RELEASE | Chris Berg and Sinclair Davidson

"The government's proposed ‘Google tax' is nothing more than a tax grab and will damage Australia's investment reputation," says Chris Berg, Senior Fellow with the Institute of Public Affairs. Treasurer Joe Hockey announced yesterday that...

Submission to the Senate Inquiry into Corporate Tax Avoidance

SUBMISSION | Chris Berg and Sinclair Davidson

The terms of reference for this inquiry are broad. This submission can only tackle a small proportion of the issues raised by the terms of reference and are likely to be raised by the committee's deliberations. First, we outline the relative...

Paying your way

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Sinclair Davidson

In the May 2014 budget, the Abbott government proposed a ‘radical' reform package of the Australian university system. If it were implemented, domestic students would have to pay a greater share of the costs of their own education. Judging...

Does Australia have a Productivity Growth Problem?

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Sinclair Davidson and Ashton de Silva

Ever since Paul Krugman stated that productivity was ‘almost everything', policy makers have been obsessed with improving it. This focus has led to a great deal of policy confusion. Productivity is important, but it is not an active policy...

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Moral panic overlooks real company tax problem

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
Australian Financial Review 13th April, 2015

The corporate tax profit shifting debate is a classic example of moral panic. First, it's incredibly complicated. How many Australians could...

Australia is not a country of rorters: our tax system is sound

Economics & Deregulation | Sinclair Davidson
The Conversation 19th February, 2015

The Henry Tax Review identified 125 taxes within Australia levied by all levels of government. Of those 125 taxes, just 10 taxes raised 90% of all...

Beware Google tax grabs

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Australian 13th January, 2015

Last month, Treasurer Joe Hockey ­announced the government had "embedded" auditors in 10 ­unnamed multinational corporations to ensure they...

Evasion, Avoidance or Simply Compliance? The G20's Most Taxing Issue

Economics & Deregulation | Sinclair Davidson
International Banker 17th November, 2014

In November, Australia will host the G20 meetings in Brisbane. Included in an overly ambitious agenda is international tax avoidance or, as the...

ANU simply playing politics with investments

Economics & Deregulation and Education | Sinclair Davidson
The Drum 15th October, 2014

The Australian National University's decision to adopt socially responsible investment criteria for managing its $1 billion investment portfolio...