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Dr John Hewson AM

BEc (Hons) (Sydney); MA (USASK); MA, PhD (JHU)

Elected: 2017

Discipline: Economics

Specialisation: Public Policy, Economics, Finance, Climate


My early research  was concentrated on international banking, the Eurocurrency markets, and reform for the international financial system.

I have since focused on a wide range of domestic public policy issues, as fundamental elements of a broad-based reform agenda, in the context of the global challenge to transition to a low-debt, low-carbon society, and the increasing constraint of short-term, populous, mostly negative, politics.

I have contributed extensively to debates on financial sector deregulation and reform, political reform, lower protection, enterprise wage bargaining, privatisation and other micro-reform, immigration and refugees, defence and foreign policy, energy policy and renewables, and infrastructure financing and development both in Australia and Asia.


Current:   Professorial Fellow and Chair, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute, Crawford School, The Australian National University

Academic Career
Professor of Economics, University of New South Wales (appointed ’76 -11 years) and Head, School of Economics (4 years)
Professor of Management and Dean, Macquarie Graduate School of Management (2 1/2 years)

Political Career
Member For Wentworth in the Federal Parliament-8 years
Shadow Minister for Finance
Shadow Treasurer
Leader of the Liberal Party, Leader of the Federal Coalition, and Leader of the Opposition- 4 years
Shadow Minister for the Arts
Shadow Minister for Industry, Commerce, Infrastructure and Customs

Business Career
Chairman, ABN AMRO Australia, and Member Advisory Board (11 years)
Director, Moran Healthcare Group, Chairman, Pulse Health, Chairman, People First Retirement Living
Director, GRD and Minproc Engineers
Chairman, Belle Property
Deputy Chairman, The Television Shopping Network
Director, IT&T Services
Chairman, Strategic Capital Management
Chairman, Australian Bus Manufacturing Company, and Deputy Chairman, The Qingdao Pacific Coach Company
Director, E.G.Funds Management- current
Chairman, Global Renewables Limited
Chairman, EnergyMad
Chairman, Natural Fuels Limited


Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD)
Fellow, Finance and Treasury Association (FFTP(Hon))
Affiliate, The Securities Institute of Australia (ASIA)
Fellow, The Hong Kong Management Association
Member in the Order of Australia- For service to business and economics, to the Australian Parliament and politics, and to the community.
Centenary Medal
Woodrow Wilson Fellow
Lifetime Achievement Award University of Regina, November 2009
Order Of Merit, Australian Olympic Committee May 2010


The Politics of Tax Reform in Australia, Asia & The Pacific Policy Studies, Vol 1, Issue 3, Sept 2014


Email: john.hewson [at] anu.edu.au
Mobile: 0412 261 463

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