About our speaker

Gary Johns is an Associate Professor in the Public Policy Institute, Australian Catholic University. He served in the House of Representatives from 1987-1996, was Special Minister of State and Assistant Minister for Industrial Relations from 1993-1996, and Associate Commissioner of the Commonwealth Productivity Commission 2002-2004. He was for 10 years, Senior Fellow Institute of Public Affairs, Australia, and a senior consultant with ACIL Tasman economic consultants from 2006-2009.

Gary Johns is an Associate Professor in the Public Policy Institute, Australian Catholic University. He served in the House of Representatives from 1987-1996, was Special Minister of State and Assistant Minister for Industrial Relations from 1993-1996, and Associate Commissioner of the Commonwealth Productivity Commission 2002-2004. He was for 10 years, Senior Fellow Institute of Public Affairs, Australia, and a senior consultant with ACIL Tasman economic consultants from 2006-2009.

He holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Political Science) University of Queensland, Master of Arts (Geography) Monash University, and a Bachelor of Economics Monash University. He is a member of the editorial board of Agenda (ANU) and a columnist for The Australian newspaper. He is author of Aboriginal Self-Determination: The Whiteman’s Dream (2011) and editor of Right Social Justice: Better Ways to Help the Poor (2012). He is preparing two more books, The Workers United Will Never be Defeated: How Australia Really Works …’ and Political Charities: Helping?