21 Mar 11 Tax "forum" deferred until October 2011
In media release No 2011/020, issued 20 March 2011, the Treasurer, Wayne Swan, announced that the Tax Forum (previously referred to as the "Tax Summit") will be held at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 4 October and Wednesday 5 October 2011. It was expected to be held before the end of the financial year.
The forum will consist of approximately 150 representatives of community groups, businesses, unions, and governments, as well as academics and tax practitioners.
The Treasurer said that the forum will continue the decade-long conversation started with the release of Australia's Future Tax System (Henry) Review last year. It will focus on the broad sweep of topics in the Review, with sessions to discuss personal tax, transfer payments, business tax, state taxes, environmental and social taxes, and system governance. An increase in the GST is excluded from discussion.
The Treasurer said that the Tax Forum will be followed by a debate in Parliament to give all MPs and Senators the chance to have their say on these significant issues for Australia's future prosperity.