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LEIGH, the Hon. Dr Andrew KeithBiography for LEIGH, the Hon. Dr Andrew Keith

Member for Fenner (ACT)

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Fraser, Australian Capital Territory, 2010. Re-elected 2013. Elected to the House of Representatives for Fenner, Australian Capital Territory, 2016, following electoral redistribution. Re-elected 2019 and 2022.

Parties Represented

Australian Labor Party. Served: 21.08.2010 to present

Parliamentary Positions

Member of the Speaker's Panel from 7.2.2012 to 14.5.2013.

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister from 25.3.2013 to 1.7.2013.

Assistant Minister for Competition, Charities and Treasury from 1.6.2022.

Assistant Minister for Employment from 31.5.2023.

Shadow Minister for Competition from 18.10.2013 to 23.7.2016.

Shadow Assistant Treasurer from 18.10.2013 to 2.6.2019.

Shadow Minister for Competition and Productivity from 23.7.2016 to 2.6.2019.

Shadow Minister for Charities and Not-for-Profits from 23.7.2016 to 2.6.2019.

Shadow Minister for Trade in Services from 23.7.2016 to 2.6.2019.

Shadow Assistant Minister for Treasury from 2.6.2019 to 23.5.2022.

Shadow Assistant Minister for Charities from 2.6.2019 to 23.5.2022.

Parliamentary Party Positions
Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Publications served from 25.10.2010 to 14.5.2013; Economics served from 25.10.2010 to 14.5.2013; Economics served from 22.7.2019 to 24.7.2019; Economics served as Deputy Chair from 24.7.2019 to 11.4.2022

Joint Standing: National Capital and External Territories served from 25.10.2010 to 14.5.2013

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts and Audit served from 27.8.2020 to 25.2.2021

Party Positions

Member of the Australian Labor Party from 1991.

Qualifications and Occupations

PhD (Harvard University).

BA(Hons) (University of Sydney).

LLB(Hons) (University of Sydney).

Fellow (Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia).

MPA (Harvard University).

Lawyer at Minter Ellison in Sydney and London from 1995 to 1997.

High Court Associate to Justice Michael Kirby from 1997 to 1998.

Senior Trade Adviser to Senator the Hon. P Cook from 1998 to 2000.

Research Fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute, Washington DC, 2001.

Professor of Economics at the Australian National University from 2004 to 2010.

Principal Adviser at the Australian Treasury from 2008 to 2009.


The prince's new clothes: why do Australians dislike their politicians? (co-editor with D Burchell), University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, 2002.

Imagining Australia: ideas for our future (with M Duncan, D Madden and P Tynan), Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 2004.

Disconnected, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, 2010.

Battlers and billionaires: the story of inequality in Australia, Black Inc., Melbourne, 2013.

The economics of just about everything, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 2014.

The Luck of Politics: true tales of disaster and outrageous fortune, Black Inc., Melbourne, 2015.

Choosing openness: why global engagement is best for Australia, Penguin Books, Sydney, 2017.

Randomistas: how radical researchers are changing our world, Yale, New Haven, CT, 2018.

Innovation + equality: how to create a future that is more Star Trek than Terminator (with J Gans), MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2019.

Reconnected: A Community Builder's Handbook (with N Terrell), Black Inc., Melbourne, 2020.

What's the worst that could happen?: Existential risk and extreme politics, The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2021.

Fair game: Lessons from sport for a fairer society and a stronger economy, Monash Publishing, Melbourne, 2022.


Name: Fenner

Location: The Division of Fenner covers an area in the north of the ACT consisting of the Districts of: Gungahlin, Hall, and part of Belconnen. The Division of Fenner also includes the Jervis Bay Territory.

Area: 238 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 96,017 (at 12.6.2019)

Industries: Mainly residential with government, tourism, retail and some light industry at Mitchell.


Born: 3.8.1972, Sydney, Australia

Gender: Male

Marital Status: Married