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The Australian campaign against corporate tax avoidance: agenda-setting, narratives, and political opportunities


Murphy-Gregory, H and Elbra, A and Mikler, J and Johnson, L, The Australian campaign against corporate tax avoidance: agenda-setting, narratives, and political opportunities, Australian Journal of Political Science pp. 1-17. ISSN 1036-1146 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/10361146.2020.1774508


In recent years, Australian tax justice campaigners have increasingly focused their efforts on the issue of tax avoidance by corporations operating in Australia. This article analyses the Australian tax justice campaign and explains its role in propelling the issue of corporate tax avoidance onto the public agenda. Drawing on campaign documents, media reporting, and interviews, we analyse the contributions of the key civil society actors and how they framed the Australian campaign. We show that the campaign encompassed a coalition of diverse groups that harnessed the 2014–15 Federal Budget to frame the issue as a ‘revenue problem’. They espoused aninterest-based narrative to localise the campaign to resonate with the Australian public, helping make corporate tax avoidance a prominent national debate. Despite its initial strong rejection, the Australian Government adopted the activists’ framing of the issue as one of revenue raising and went on to address significant corporate tax loopholes.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:tax avoidance, federal budget, NGOs, civil society, tax Justice network, multinational corporations
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Australian government and politics
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Civics and citizenship
UTAS Author:Murphy-Gregory, H (Dr Hannah Murphy-Gregory)
UTAS Author:Johnson, L (Mr Lachlan Johnson)
ID Code:139657
Year Published:2020
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP180100167)
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2020-06-24
Last Modified:2020-07-10

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