Tony Pagone


Tony Pagone



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The Hon. Tony Pagone is the President of the International Association of Judges. He retired from the Federal Court of Australia at the end of March 2018 where he had been the national co ordinating judge of the Taxation National Practice Area. Before his appointment to the Federal Court 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. He 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 in Victoria as a legal practitioner in 1980, signed the roll of counsel in 1985, and was appointed Queen’s Counsel for Victoria in 1996. He practised widely in taxation law, commercial law, administrative law, constitution law, public and human rights law during his career at the Bar. 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. 


Published Articles
    * indicates refereed journal 

  • «Unconscious Biases and Their Impact on Decisions», Judicial Officers’ Bulletin, June 2018 publication.
  • «Pre-Trial Proceedings and Expert Evidence in Tax Litigation» (joint author with Filip Debelva, Emmanuelle Cortot-Boucher, Klaus Dieter Druen, Gerald Rip and Vineet Kothari) (2016) Bulletin for International Taxation 133-137.
  • «Taxation in the Federal Court of Australia» (2016) 70 Bulletin for International Taxation, 7.
  • «The Management of Expert Evidence for Use by Courts and Tribunals: Concurrent Expert Evidence», Justice – Justiz – Giustizia 2015/4,, (Paper originally prepared for presentation to International Association of Judges Study Commission 2 annual conference, Barcelona, 6 October 2015)
  • «What is Tax Avoidance?» (2014) 1 Curtin Law and Taxation Review 13
  • «Sham trusts revisited» (2014) 20 Trusts & Trustees 1081-1090 (based on paper presented at the STEP Asia Conference, Hong Kong, 9 October 2014)
  • «Tax Avoidance: different perspectives» (2012) 10 Trust Quarterly Review (UK) 4 
  • *«Sham Trusts» (2012) 41 Australian Tax Review 117. 
  • «The Sicilian Vespers» (2012) xxxiii Arba Sicula 78-87 ARBA
  • *«Taxation by Discretion» (2011) 22 Public Law Review 298.
  • *«Aspects of Tax Avoidance: Trans-Tasman Observations» (2011) 40 Australian Tax Review 145.
  • *«Tax Uncertainty» (2009) 33 Melbourne University Law Review 886 (reprinted by request in Dal Diritto Finanziario al DirittoTributario, Studi in onore di Andrea Amatucci (Temis, 2011) Vol 1, 137).
  • *«Centipedes, Liars and Unconscious Bias» (2009) 83 Australian Law Journal 255 (reprinted by request in (2010) 9 TJR 433).
  • *«Lost in Translation:  The judge from provider to consumer of legal services» (2008) 12 Southern Cross University Law Review 157.
  • «The advocate’s duty to the Court in adversarial proceedings» (2008) 144 Victorian Bar News, 45.
  • «Dante Society: 2008 University Student Prizes» June 2008 Dante Oggi.
  • «Justice Hill Memorial Lecture: Income and Capital Distinction» (2008) 42 Taxation in Australia 576.
  • «The Italian Historical Society, CO.AS.IT. Melbourne (Australia)» (a paper prepared with members of the Italian Historical Society), 2008 Museo Nazionale Delle Migrozioni; L’Italia nel Mondo. Il Mondo in Italia 83.
  • «Vale Elda Vaccari: Eulogy read at the Memorial service for Elda Vaccari» (2007) 15 Italian Historical Society Journal 4.
  • *«Part IVA, The Voyage Continues» (2006) 10 The Tax Specialist 37
  • *«The Divine Comedy:  Consolidations and Part IVA of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (Cth)» (2004) 32 Australian Business Law Review 35.
  • *«Part IVA:  The General Anti-Avoidance Provisions in Australian Taxation Law» (2003) 27 Melbourne University Law Review 770.
  • *«The unusual circumstances of Mr Eaton» (2003) 32 Australian Tax Review 122.
  • «The legal nature of a conclusion: finding of fact v's decision of law: some comments on Mochkin» (2003) 37 Taxation in Australia 478.
  • *«Taxation update: anti-avoidance provisions» (2002) 31 Australian Tax Review 241.
  • *«Anti-avoidance provisions and tax reforms» (2001) 30 Australian Tax Review 80
  • (substantially republished in (2000) 35 Taxation in Australia 568).
  • «Australia: employment practices and awareness of diversity» (1997) 22 International Legal Practitioner 95.
  • «Private rulings: live issues, dead certainties» (1994) 29 Taxation in Australia 68-71, 133-136.
  • «The dispute process - preparing for and conduct of litigation» State Convention Papers, Taxation Institute of Australia (October 1991).
  • "Hate speech and free speech» Vol 11, No 1 (1995) Liberty 10.
  • «Vilification laws - why not?» No 33, December 1992 The Australian Rationalist 30; Vol 8 No 4 (1992) Civil Liberty 8.
  • «Child abuse: treatment, punishment and other diversions» (with Prof CAJ Coady and MM Coady) (1989) 63 Law Institute Journal 388.
  • «The place of the Privy Council in the Australian court hierarchy: who, what, where?» (1985) 58 Law Institute Journal 959.
  • «Blow to Freedoms in Liberty Parade» (1985) 1 Civil Liberty (NS) February, 8.
  • *«Estoppel in public law: theory, fact and fiction» (1984) 7 University of New South Wales Law Journal 267.
  • *«Legal Professional Privilege in the European communities: the AM & S Case and Australian law» (1984) 33 International and Comparative Law Quarterly 663.
  • «Legal Professional Privilege after Baker v Campbell» (1984) 58 Law Institute Journal 124.
  • «Foreseeable risk, standard practice and professional negligence» (1984) Law Institute Journal 847.
  • «Freedom of Speech and Freedom from Hate» (1984) 1 Civil Liberty (NS) 9.
  • *«The lawyer’s hunt for Snarks Religions and Races» (1984) 43 Cambridge Law Journal 218 - 222.
  • *«Access to information: guerrilla warfare under the Trade Practices Act» (1982) 5 University of New South Wales Law Journal 192 (a shorter modified version was published in the April edition of Australian Business Law Review in 1983).
  • «Public Authorities’ Liability for Negligent Mis-statements» (1982) 56 Law Institute Journal 211.  (Casenote reproduced by request of editors of Western Australian Law Society Journal; and COMPAK (1983)).
  • «Legal Professional Privilege and the Commissioner of Taxation's right to information» (1981) 16 Taxation in Australia 340.
  • «Restrictive Trade Practices and solicitors' investment companies» (1981) Law Institute Journal 440.
  • *«The Market Court Act» (1979) 6 Monash University Law Review 76 (with T Cunningham).


  • Tax Disputes, 2018 Federation Press.
  • Tax Effective Writing, 2013 Federation Press.
  • Tax Avoidance in Australia, 2010 Federation Press.
  • Civil Rights in Australia, 1989 Federation Press, co-editor
  • Introducing the Law, 1982 CCH Sydney, joint authorship with Easton et al.  2nd ed 1984, 3rd ed 1989, 4th ed 1993, 5th ed 2003.  A legal studies book used widely in high schools and some tertiary institutions.
  • AULSA Directory of Members, 1982, joint editor with M Barbayannis.


  • Legal Aspects of Career Teaching, 1983 VCTA.  A pamphlet published to assist teachers in careers programs.
  • Class Action.  Comparazioni tra la legislazione Australiana e quella Italiana (translated by Gerardo Papalia with technical assistance from Ferdinando Butera).  Paper presented at Turin Court of Appeal, 17 September 2013.

Chapters in books

  • «A Judge’s Reflections of being Italian in Australia» in Ciao Mate, Aniello Iannuzzi, Ed., Connor Court Publishing, 2013.
  • «Written Advocacy: Writing with Effect and Persuasion», Essays in Advocacy, Ed Justice Tom Gray, Martin Hinton Q.C. and David Caruso (Barr Smith Press, Adelaide, 2012).
  • «Tax Planning or Tax Avoidance» 2000 World Tax Conference Report (Canadian Tax Foundation, 2000) 36.1-36.27.  Republished at 29 AT Rev 96
  • «Approaching a tax dispute - a practitioner's guide» in K Beddoe et al Tax Disputes: A Practitioner's Guide, 1990 Butterworths.  Republished by University of Southern Queensland for student materials in 1997.

Book Reviews

  • A Guide to Company Law, Z Hribar (LBC, 1978) in (1978) 4 Monash University Law Review 322.
  • Trade Practices and Consumer Protection G Q Taperall, R B Vermeesch and D J Harland (Butterworths, 1983) in (1984) 58 Law Institute Journal 289.
  • Powers of Investigation in Revenue, Companies and Trade Practices Law J B Kluver and R H Woellner (Butterworths, 1983) in (1984) 58 Law Institute Journal 567.
  • In a Dark Time N Humphrey and R J Lifton (1985) 1 Civil Liberty May.
  • Emergency Powers H P Lee (LBC, 1983) for Monash University Law Review.
  • 1983 Meeting of Commonwealth Law Ministers: Memoranda for Australian Business Law Review.


  • Curtin Law and Taxation Review (2018 issue)
  • Special Issue – Tribute to the Honourable Richard Edmonds in the (2016) 45 ATR p59
  • Foundations of Taxation Law, Stephen Barkoczy (2009).
  • Graduate Recruitment Guide, Monash Law Students Society (2009).