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John Emerson Oration 2021

Is the tax regime for charities and not-for-profits fit for purpose?

30 November 2021 

The Charities and Not-For-Profit Committee of the Legal Practice Section of the Law Council of Australia is set to host the second John Emerson AM Oration in Melbourne on 30 November 2021, and will be live-streamed. 

The Oration will be delivered by Professor Ann O’Connell (Melbourne Law School and Senior Member, Administrative Appeals Tribunal) and chaired by Seak-King Huang, Chair of the Charities and Not-for-Profit Committee, of the Legal Practice Section

The John Emerson Oration is in honour of John Emerson AM. While John has now retired from Herbert Smith Freehills, where he was a partner for almost four decades, he remains recognised as an expert in the tax laws applicable to charities in Australia.  John was also a member of the Board of Taxation and a number of other legal and public sector committees. He was a key contributor to the reform of laws which led to the establishment of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. John is a Member of the Order of Australia for services to law and to the community, particularly through the provision of advice to charities and not-for-profit organisations and the development of public administration reform to encourage philanthropy in Australia.


Professor Ann O'Connell
Ann O’Connell is an Honorary Professor at Melbourne Law School and is the author of Taxation of Charities and Not-for-profits (LexisNexis, 2020). In 2015 and 2020, she worked as an advisor to the OECD, including as co-author of the report on Taxation and Philanthropy (OECD, 2020). She is a part-time senior member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and an external member of the Australian Taxation Office’s General Anti-Avoidance Rule Panel and the Public Advice and Guidance Panel.


Ticket Types Cost
Standard Ticket Free
Standard Ticket (Online only) Free

Registration is free, however tickets are limited. Registration closes 29 November 2021.

Event Details

When: 30 November 2021

Time: 5:30pm - 7.00pm

Where: Melbourne Law School, 185 Pelham St, Carlton VIC 3053

Venue Information 

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