NSW priorities in improving federal financial relations

NSW priorities in improving federal financial relations

NSW
Jul 2

Speakers

David Thodey AO, Chair, NSW-Federal Financial Relations Review
Jane Halton AO PSM, Chair, Council of the Ageing; Non-Executive Director, ANZ Banking Group, Clayton Utz, Crown Resorts
Professor Anne Twomey, Director, Constitutional Reform Unit, The University of Sydney
Professor John Freebairn AO, Ritchie Chair in Economics, University of Melbourne

Event overview

In 2019, the NSW Treasurer appointed a distinguished Panel to lead an independent review into how state governments, at a time of great change, could sustainably fund and deliver the frontline services and infrastructure that citizens expect. The crises of the past six months - the devastating summer of bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic – have brought forward the need to reform the federation and build a simpler, more efficient and resilient tax system to restore economic growth and rebuild for the future. 

Over the past year, the Review has undertaken extensive consultation nationally and analysed the opportunities for reform, to develop a clear if challenging blueprint for refreshing Australia’s 119-year-old federation. The Panel’s 15 recommendations, which range from broadening the tax base to reviewing and rationalising the large number of Commonwealth-state agreements, form an essential component of the nation’s pathway to recovery. 

Join Panel Chair David Thodey AO, and Panel members Jane Halton AO PSM, former Commonwealth Secretary, Prof. Anne Twomey, Professor of Constitutional Law and Director, Constitutional Reform Unit at the University of Sydney and Prof. John Freebairn AO, Ritchie Chair of Economics at the University of Melbourne for a discussion of the Review’s findings.

This virtual roundtable is by invitation only. The roundtable will be conducted on a virtual platform and numbers are limited to maximise participation. Invitations to virtual roundtables are a valued benefit of CEDA membership. Chatham House Rule applies. Roundtable discussions will be targeted to varied groups, including state-based Trustees discussions, national or industry sector Trustee roundtables, and c-suite conversations.

Meet the speaker

David Thodey AO
Chair, NSW-Federal Financial Relations Review

David Thodey AO is Chair of the Commonwealth Science, Industry & Research Organisation (CSIRO), Xero and Tyro Payments. He is also a Director of Ramsay Health Care and Vodafone Group. Mr Thodey was formerly Chief Executive Officer of Telstra, and before joining Telstra, Chief Executive Officer of IBM (ANZ). Mr Thodey is currently Chair of an eminent panel appointed by the NSW Government to lead an independent review of Federal Financial Relations.

Meet the panel

Jane Halton AO PSM
Chair, Council of the Ageing; Non-Executive Director, ANZ Banking Group, Clayton Utz, Crown Resorts

Experienced Commonwealth public servant with nearly 15 years as Secretary, including for the Department of Health and the Department of Finance. Ms Halton has served on a wide range of Government and business boards both in Australia and overseas, including as Independent Chair of the Council on the Ageing Australia, and board member for ANZ Bank, Clayton Utz lawyers and the Australian Policy Institute.

Professor Anne Twomey
Director, Constitutional Reform Unit, The University of Sydney

Professor of Constitutional Law and Director, Constitutional Reform Unit at the University of Sydney. Professor Twomey is an expert in the field of constitutional law, with research interests in federalism. Professor Twomey has practised as a solicitor and has worked for the Commonwealth Parliamentary Research Service, the Commonwealth Senate, and the Cabinet Office of New South Wales.

Professor John Freebairn AO
Ritchie Chair in Economics, University of Melbourne

Professor John Freebairn holds the Ritchie chair in economics at the University of Melbourne. He has degrees from the University of New England and the University of California, Davis. Prior to joining the University of Melbourne in 1996, his preceding career includes university appointments at the ANU, LaTrobe and Monash, and periods with the NSW Department of Agriculture and the Business Council of Australia. Professor Freebairn is an applied microeconomist and economic policy analyst with current interests in taxation reform and environmental economics.

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