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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 and 2013. Following the 2016 redistribution the Division of Fraser became the Division of Fenner. Elected to Fenner, Australian Capital Territory 2016.

Parliamentary Positions

Member, Speaker's Panel from 7.2.12 to 14.5.13.

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister from 25.3.13 to 1.7.13.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Economics from 25.10.10 to 14.5.13; Publications from 25.10.10 to 14.5.13.

Joint Standing: National Capital and External Territories from 25.10.10 to 14.5.13.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Shadow Minister for Competition from 18.10.13 to 23.07.16.

Shadow Assistant Treasurer from 18.10.13.

Shadow Minister for Competition and Productivity from 23.07.16.

Shadow Minister for Charities and Not-for-Profits from 23.07.16.

Shadow Minister for Trade in Services from 23.07.16.

Party Positions

Member, ALP from 1991.


Born 3.8.1972, Sydney, NSW.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BA(Hons), LLB(Hons)(Syd.), MPA, PhD (Harvard).

Fellow, Academy of the Social Sciences of Australia from 2011.

Lawyer, Minter Ellison, Sydney and London 1995-1997.

High Court Associate to Justice Michael Kirby 1997-98.

Senior Trade Adviser to Senator the Hon. PFS Cook 1998-2000.

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

Professor of Economics, Australian National University 2004-10.

Principal Adviser, Australian Treasury 2008-09.


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

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

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

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

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

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


Description: inner metropolitan.

Location: northern Australian Capital Territory; it includes the suburbs of Ainslie, Turner (part), Braddon (part), Belconnen, Bruce, Cook, Gungahlin, Hall, O'Connor, the industrial area of Mitchell and the Districts of Kowan and Majura (part) and the Jervis Bay Territory.

Area: 459 sq km.

Electors enrolled: 138 814 (at 2.7.16).

Industries: mainly residential with some light industry at Mitchell, agriculture, tourism and retail.