Matthew O’Donnell

Senior Research Fellow

Matthew O’Donnell

Matthew has  20 years’ experience providing economic, investment and corporate finance advice to corporations, institutional investors and governments.

Matthew has worked in numerous parts of the finance industry with a particular emphasis on infrastructure investment.  He has sourced, undertaken commercial due-diligence and managed an array of infrastructure assets in a diverse number of industries including the aviation, transport and the utilities sectors.  He has managed various investment teams in Australia and overseas and also has extensive experience in managing fixed income and listed equity portfolios and managing exotic financial instruments such as Collateralized Debt Obligations and financial derivatives.

He has also worked for the Commonwealth Treasury and the Commonwealth Department of Finance  and Administration and has researched and provided advice to governments on tax, fiscal, investment and regulation policy.


Featured Publication

Media & Commentary

  • Tax by stealth – the art of plucking the golden goose 20 April 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre
    The art of taxation consists of plucking the goose so as to obtain the most feathers with the least hissing. — Jean-Baptiste Colbert Congratulations Australia, the tax collector has just finished plucking your financial feathers for another year! April 16…
    The art of taxation consists of plucking the goose so as to obtain the most feathers with the least hissing. — Jean-Baptiste Colbert Congratulations Australia, the tax collector has just finished plucking your financial feathers for another year! April 16…
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  • Sugar tax: ‘Do Something’ Economics 101 13 April 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre
    The UK’s recent implementation of a sugar tax has reignited the push for an Australian sugar tax, pointing to ‘science’. Often, our scientific and political elites really have no idea what they are doing. But in spite of this, they…
    The UK’s recent implementation of a sugar tax has reignited the push for an Australian sugar tax, pointing to ‘science’. Often, our scientific and political elites really have no idea what they are doing. But in spite of this, they…
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  • Tax Freedom Day is April 16: five days more tax burden than 2017   13 April 2018 | MEDIA RELEASE
    Pop the champagne corks and break out the Tim Tams, Australia. Monday is Tax Freedom Day. April 16 marks the date for 2018 on which Australians have paid their dues to the government and begin working for their own benefit.…
    Pop the champagne corks and break out the Tim Tams, Australia. Monday is Tax Freedom Day. April 16 marks the date for 2018 on which Australians have paid their dues to the government and begin working for their own benefit.…
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  • Super raids see Millennials facing grim future 29 March 2018 | Daily Telegraph
    Socking it to the oldies has grown to be as popular a pastime as decrying the state of Australian cricket. Looking for more funds to fill their coming election war chests, politicians are circling Australia’s retirement system ¾ accompanied by…
    Socking it to the oldies has grown to be as popular a pastime as decrying the state of Australian cricket. Looking for more funds to fill their coming election war chests, politicians are circling Australia’s retirement system ¾ accompanied by…
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  • Do ice cream sales increase shark attacks? 29 March 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre
    Labor MP Andrew Leigh’s study on data around effective company tax rates and employment shows incomplete analysis that mistakes correlation for causation. But a correlation does not mean it’s a cause. For example, as ice cream sales increase, there is…
    Labor MP Andrew Leigh’s study on data around effective company tax rates and employment shows incomplete analysis that mistakes correlation for causation. But a correlation does not mean it’s a cause. For example, as ice cream sales increase, there is…
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