John Hewson

Former Federal Opposition Leader Dr John Hewson is Professor and Chair in the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute at Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University.

Dr John Hewson is an economic and financial expert with experience in academia, business, government, media and the financial system. He has worked as an economist for the Australian Treasury, the Reserve Bank, the International Monetary Fund and as an advisor to two successive Federal Treasurers and the Prime Minister.

His academic career included 11 years as the Professor of Economics and four years as the head of the School of Economics at the University of New South Wales and, more recently two years as Dean of Macquarie Graduate School of Management at Macquarie University.

His business career before entering politics in 1987, was as a company director and business consultant and included roles as Foundation Executive Director, Macquarie Bank Limited and as a Trustee of the IBM Superannuation Fund.

John’s political career included seven years as a ministerial advisor and a further eight years as the Federal Member for Wentworth in the Federal Parliament. He was Shadow Finance Minister, Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Industry and Commerce, then Leader of the Liberal Party and Federal Coalition in Opposition for four years.