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UNSW academic appointed to taxation tribunal


A senior taxation academic from the Australian School of Business (ASB) has been appointed to a prestigious position on the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).


Professor Robert Deutsch’s appointment to the role of Deputy President of the AAT was recently announced by Attorney-General Nicola Roxon. “I offer my congratulations to all those who have been appointed today and look forward to the contribution each will make to administrative justice in their new roles,” Nicola Roxon said.


The AAT provides independent merits review of administrative decisions made by Australian Government ministers, agencies and other tribunals.


Professor Robert Deutsch said he was honoured by the appointment, “The AAT is the first level in the judicial system at which tax cases get to be heard.  My new role will effectively involve sitting as the Tribunal decision maker on various disputes mostly related to Federal tax matters. I hope to achieve well reasoned and balanced decisions based on a clear application of the law to the facts as presented.”


Professor John Taylor, Head of Taxation and Business Law at ASB said the School was delighted with the appointment, “I would like to congratulate Professor Deutsch on his prestigious new role. Professor Deutsch has a long and distinguished career in taxation with expertise across company taxation, international tax and the carbon and mining taxes.”

Professor Deutsch has over 25 years of legal and tax experience. He has been a professor at UNSW since 1992, special counsel at Henry Davis York Solicitors between 2006 and 2007 and a Director at KPMG from 2007 to 2011.  He worked as a barrister in NSW from 1993 to 2006 while also a director of ATAX from 1997 to 2001.  Additionally, Professor Deutsch has practised as a solicitor and partner at Mallesons Stephen Jacques (now King Wood Mallesons) specialising in taxation law.

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