Keynote Speakers

The Honourable Justice Pagone
Federal Court of Australia

Justice Tony Pagone was appointed to the Federal Court of Australia in June 2013. Prior to this appointment, he was a judge of the trial division of the Supreme Court of Victoria and had been the judge in charge of the Commercial Court of that Court.

Justice Pagone graduated from Monash University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Laws and from Cambridge University with a Master of Laws in 1983.  In 2014 he was awarded an LLD from the University of Melbourne for his research and published work on anti‑tax avoidance provisions. 

He was admitted as a legal practitioner in 1980, signed the roll of counsel in 1985, and was appointed Queen’s Counsel for Victoria in 1996.  During his career at the Bar, Justice Pagone practiced widely in taxation law, commercial law, administrative law, constitution law, public and human rights law.  

He was also Special Counsel to the Australian Taxation Office between 2002 and 2004. He is a professorial fellow of the Melbourne Law School and lectures in several post-graduate courses at the Melbourne Law School and from time to time in the Law Faculty at Monash University. Justice Pagone is a vice president of the International Association of Judges.

Paul Drum | Head of Policy
Policy & Corporate Affairs | Commercial | CPA Australia

Paul Drum has worked in the tax and business policy arena for over 30 years, principally in Australia but also in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, and New Zealand.  

As Head of Policy at CPA Australia, his portfolio covers tax policy, law and administration, as well superannuation, business policy, and education, and also representation and advocacy to governments and core government agencies. 

He is a fellow member of CPA Australia, a Chartered Tax Adviser, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Paul is also CPA Australia’s leading speaker on tax issues in the Australian media.

Andrew Mills
Second Commissioner Law Design and Practice | Australian Taxation Office

Andrew has overall responsibility for the ATO’s law practice, including law interpretation, dispute resolution and the ATO’s role in policy and law design.

Andrew has more than 30 years of experience in taxation, including periods in the ATO, commerce and the tax profession.

Andrew was a Director at Greenwoods & Freehills for more than 20 years and managing director of the firm from 2006-2011.  Andrew was President of the Tax Institute in 2006–2007, is a former Governor of the Taxation Research Foundation and also represented industry bodies across a number of sectors.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Business, a Master of Laws and a Graduate Diploma in Tax Law. He is a Chartered Taxation Advisor (Life) of The Tax Institute, a member of the International Fiscal Association and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr Ali Noroozi, B.Eng LLB LLM
Inspector-General of Taxation | Australian Government

Mr Noroozi was appointed as the IGT for an initial term of five years on 6 November 2008. On 6 November 2013 Mr Noroozi was re-appointed to the role for a further term of five years.

Mr Noroozi holds degrees in Engineering and Law, including a Masters of Law specialising in taxation.

Prior to his appointment as the IGT, Mr Noroozi had gained more than 15 years of experience working in taxation, including working at leading international accounting and law firms in Australia and the United Kingdom.