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Curtin appoints new head for School of Business Law and Taxation

Media release

Curtin University of Technology has appointed Professor Glen Barton as the new head of its School of Business Law and Taxation at Curtin Business School (CBS).

Professor Barton comes to Curtin after 18 years on the academic staff at The University of Western Australia.

CBS Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Duncan Bentley expressed his delight with Professor Barton’s appointment and said he was exceptionally well qualified to lead the School.

“Professor Barton is a leading researcher and educator in his field and also brings with him considerable industry experience,” Professor Bentley said.

“He will be a great asset for the University, and I am pleased to welcome him to the dynamic CBS team.”

Professor Barton said he is looking forward to be joining the CBS team.

“The Curtin School of Business Law and Taxation is a major provider of revenue and business law education in Australia and abroad. I look forward to working with all concerned to further enhance the School’s capacity to serve industry needs and to extend its global reach in this age of electronic delivery and more uniform business laws,” Professor Barton said.

Professor Barton is a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia and was a part time Member of the General, Veteran’s Appeals and Taxation Appeals Division of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal from 2003 to 2006.

As a Fellow and former Director of the Taxation Institute of Australia, his past roles include Chairman of the State Council of WA and Chairman of the National Education Committee.

His current research interest is Australia’s non-resident income tax base, including measures to prevent double taxation and fiscal evasion.

Professor Barton has delivered numerous technical tax papers at Institute functions and has been a keynote speaker at state and national conventions. Professor Barton was also made an honorary life member at the national convention of the Institute in 2005.

Professor Barton graduated from the University of Natal in 1971 with a Bachelor of Laws. He went on to receive his Master of Laws at the University of South Africa in 1978 and Harvard University in 1981.

He will commence his role at Curtin on 5 October 2009.

Note to Editor: A photograph of Professor Barton is available on request.