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HEWSON, Dr John Robert Biography for HEWSON , Dr John Robert
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Member for Wentworth (NSW) 1987-95

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Wentworth, 1987, 1990 and 1993. Resigned 28.2.95.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Finance and Public Administration from 8.10.87 to 20.10.88.

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 8.10.87 to 20.10.88.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party from 3.4.90 to 23.5.94.

Leader of the Opposition from 3.4.90 to 23.5.94.

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 16.9.88 to 26.8.94. Shadow Minister for Finance from 16.9.88 to 12.5.89; Shadow Treasurer from 12.5.89 to 3.4.90; responsibility for the Arts and Heritage from 7.4.93 to 26.5.94; Shadow Minister for Industry, Commerce, Infrastructure and Customs from 26.5.94 to 26.8.94.

Deputy Manager of Opposition Business in the House from 12.5.89 to 3.4.90.


Born 28.10.46, Carlton, NSW.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BEc (Hons) (Syd), MA (Saskatchewan), MA, PhD (Johns Hopkins).

Professor of Economics, University of New South Wales 1978-87; Head, School of Economics 1983-86.

Executive Director, Macquarie Bank Ltd.

Economic Adviser to Federal Treasurer, Rt Hon. PR Lynch 1976-77; Hon. JW Howard 1977-83.

Economist, Reserve Bank of Australia; International Monetary Fund; Bureau of Census and Statistics.


Government and Business consultant (Australia and overseas).


Liquidity Creation and Distribution in the Eurocurrency Markets, Lexington, Mass.: Lexington Books, 1975.

The Eurocurrency Markets and Their Implications: A `New View' of International Monetary Problems and Monetary Reform (with Eisuke Sakakibara), Lexington, Mass.: Lexington Books, 1975.

Offshore Banking in Australia: Committee of Inquiry into the Australian Financial System, Canberra: AGPS, 1981.


Description: Inner metropolitan.

Location: Eastern Sydney; it includes the suburbs of Bellevue Hill, Bondi, Bondi Junction, Bronte, Clovelly, Dover Heights, Double Bay, Edgecliff, Randwick, Vaucluse, Watsons Bay, Waverley and Woollahra.

Area: 26 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 79 797 (at 15.2.93).

Industries: Finance, property and service, wholesale and retail trade, tourism.

State electorates: Wentworth includes the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorate of Vaucluse, and parts of Bligh and Coogee.