Paul Abbey is a Partner in the International Tax and Transaction Services group of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). He has experience in tax due diligence, acquisition structuring, capital raisings and initial public offerings. The focus of his work is on issues surrounding consolidation, imputation, capital returns, taxation of trusts, international tax, and PwC's Tax Reform project.
Professor Robert Breunig is the Director of the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute at the ANU and held the role of Acting Director of the Crawford School of Public Policy in 2015–16. Professor Breunig has worked in a number of important public policy areas including: the relationship between child care and women’s labour supply; the effect of immigration to Australia on the labour market prospects of Australians; and the intergenerational transmission of disadvantage.
Robert Carling is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies. He specialises in areas of fiscal policy, taxation and federalism. He has been Executive Director, Economic and Fiscal at the New South Wales Treasury and worked at the Australian Government Treasury, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
Melinda Cilento is the Chief Executive of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia. She has a number of other roles including being a non-executive director of Australian Unity and Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia. She was previously a Commissioner with the Productivity Commission, and has held senior roles in the Business Council of Australia, the Treasury, Woodside Petroleum, Invesco and the International Monetary Fund.
Saul Eslake is an independent economist and Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow at the University of Tasmania.
He has held senior roles in financial markets, including as Chief Economist of the Australia & New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) and as Chief Economist (Australia and New Zealand) for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He also held the role of Director of the Productivity Growth Program at the Grattan Institute.
Professor Abigail Payne is the Director of the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research and holds the Ronald Henderson Professorship. Professor Payne’s research focuses on empirical public economics issues, including how government policy affects spending and performance. Her research in education has focussed on the drivers of decisions to attend post-secondary education and understanding gender differences in educational attendance and performance.
David Tune AO PSM
David Tune is the Chair of the Aged Care Sector Committee which advises the Government on aged care policy development and implementation and helps to guide the future reform of the aged care system.
He has held many senior positions in the Australian Public Service, including Secretary of the Department of Finance, Associate Secretary in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Deputy Secretary in the Treasury and senior executive positions in the Department of Social Security and Family and Community Services.