Social equity and systemic efficiency were two of the main themes arising from a joint roundtable held by ANU National Institute for Public Policy, HC Coombs Public Forum, the Academy of Social Sciences and the Australian New Zealand School of Government on 12-13 October 2011.
This roundtable was held in memory of Ian Castles, who passed away in 2010. As a long time senior member of the public service, including as the Secretary of the Department of Finance and the Australian Statistician and Deputy Secretary at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Castles dedicated much of his substantial professional career to reforming the tax and transfer system. He was also an active leader within the Academy of Social Sciences for many years. A more richly detailed tribute to Ian Castles’ contribution can be found in Professor Andrew Podger’s tribute also published as part of this set of papers.