Keynote Program

Highly respected thought leaders will summarise the overarching themes and discussions on current tax reform issues,
and what should be considered in the future.


9 October 2020

12:30–1:30pm AEDT

Virtual Session

Keynote 1: Chris Richardson

Director of Deloitte Access Economics and is one of Australia’s best-known economists.

Chris Richardson has provided tailored economic advice to the corporate sector for many years, assisting in business planning for numerous private and public organisations. His guest speaker appearances vary from conferences for one of Australia’s leading banking institutions to discussions with the Board of Directors for a major construction company.

Chris Richardson can tailor his presentation to suit organizations in all industries, providing invaluable insights.

As a renowned expert, particularly in macroeconomics, Chris heads Access Economics’ Macroeconomic Policy and Forecasting Group and is the author of Business Outlook, widely acknowledged as the leader in its field of macroeconomic forecasting. His expertise includes the Australian and global economies, Federal budget analysis, property, ageing and industry trends.

Chris Richardson writes the Business Review Weekly’s “Eco” column. His comments on trends in the economy and their effect on business regularly appear in daily media coverage. His views are widely quoted – for example, he was named in the only debate between the PM and the Opposition leader in the 2001 Federal election.


    16 October 2020

    12:30–1:30pm AEDT

    Virtual Session

    Keynote 2: The Hon Peter Costello AC

    Australia’s longest-serving Treasurer

    Peter Costello served as Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Australia for just under 12 years from March 1996 to December 2007.

    He delivered twelve federal budgets including ten surpluses. During this period Australia’s Sovereign Credit Rating was updated twice to its current AAA rating.

    In 2006, after Government debt was eliminated in net terms, Mr Costello established the Australian Future Fund. From its original deposit, the Future Fund has grown to hold around $160 billion in assets. Mr Costello has served on the IMF Committee, as a World Bank Governor and Chairman of the Global Group of 20 Finance Ministers & Central Bankers (G-20). After leaving politics in 2009, Mr Costello joined a number of international and domestic boards including the Independent Advisory Board to the World Bank which he Chaired.

    Peter is currently Chairman of the Future Fund. He is also Chairman of the Nine Entertainment Corporation.


    22 October 2020

    12:30–1:30pm AEDT

    Virtual Session

    Keynote 3: Danielle Wood

    CEO, Grattan Institute

    Danielle is the CEO of the Grattan Institute. She believes in the power of public policy to make Australia a better place. Danielle has published extensively on economic reform priorities, budget policy, tax reform, generational inequality and reforming political institutions. She is a sought-after media commentator and speaker on policy issues.

    Previously, Danielle worked at the ACCC, NERA Economic Consulting and the Productivity Commission. She holds an Honours degree in Economics from the University of Adelaide and Masters degrees in Economics and Competition Law, from the University of Melbourne.

    In addition to her role as National President of the Economic Society of Australia, Danielle is co-founder and former Chair of the Women in Economics Network.


    30 October 2020

    12:30–1:30pm AEDT

    Virtual Session

    Keynote 4: Rosheen Garnon, CTA

    Chair, Board of Taxation

    Mrs Garnon has over 30 years of experience in the field of taxation having been a senior partner with KPMG. She was admitted as a tax partner in 2000 and went on to hold senior executive roles with the firm. From 2009 to 2015, Mrs Garnon was the National Managing Partner for KPMG Australia’s Taxation Division. She has extensive experience advising both domestic and global organisations.

    Mrs Garnon’s background includes Bachelor of Economics (Accounting Major) and Bachelor of Laws from the Australian National University. She is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand, a Chartered Tax Advisor and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is also a member of Chief Executive Women.

    Other current roles: Chair and Non-Executive Director of Alexium International Group Limited; Non-Executive Director of Australian Rail and Track Corporation, Non-Executive Director of Resolution Life Australia Pty Ltd. Rosheen also holds the following Not for Profit roles: Trustee of the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust, Non-Executive Director Creative Partnerships Australia; Non-Executive Director of The Smith Family, Member, Finance, Audit and Risk Committee, The University of Sydney and a Non-Executive Director of Women Corporate Directors Australia Limited.

    Rosheen’s appointment as chair is for a 3 year period from 26 March 2020.


    6 November 2020

    12:30–1:30pm AEDT

    Virtual Session

    Keynote 5: Greg Smith

    Former Head of the Treasury Budget and Revenue Group

    Greg Smith began his policy advising career in housing, industry, tax, fiscal and financial system policy in 1978. His past roles included tax policy adviser to the Treasurer (1983-86), head of Treasury Taxation Policy and Financial Institutions divisions, Secretary to the Australian Financial System (“Wallis”) Inquiry (1996-97), head of the Treasury Budget and Revenue Groups (1998-2004) and a member of the Future Tax System (“Henry”) Review (2008-09). He was a member and then Chairman of the Commonwealth Grants Commission (2006-2020) and is a member of the CEDA Council on Economic Policy.


    13 November 2020

    12:30–1:30pm AEDT

    Virtual Session

    Keynote 6: Bernard Salt AM

    Futurist, analyst, advisor, commentator, author

    Bernard Salt AM is widely regarded as one of Australia’s leading social commentators by business, the media and the broader community.

    Bernard heads The Demographics Group which provides specialist advice on demographic, consumer and social trends for business. Prior to that Bernard founded KPMG Demographics. Bernard writes a weekly column for The Australian newspaper that deal with social, generational and demographic matters. He is an adjunct professor at Curtin University Business School and he holds a Master of Arts degree from Monash University.

    Bernard Salt is one of the most in-demand speakers on the Australian corporate speaking circuit and has been so for more than a decade. He is perhaps best known to the wider community for his penchant for identifying and tagging new tribes and social behaviours such as the “Seachange Shift”, the “Man Drought”, “PUMCINS” (pronounced “pumkins”) and the “Goats Cheese Curtain’. He was also responsible for popularising smashed avocados globally.

    Media & Publishing: Bernard has popularised demographics through his books, columns and media appearances. His body of work is summarised in six popular best-selling books. Bernard appears regularly on radio and television programs and recently hosted a business television program “The Next Five Years” on SkyNews Business Channel 602. He was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2017 Australia Day honours.

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