Bernie Fraser (economist)

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Bernie Fraser
5th Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia
In office
September 1989 – September 1996
Preceded by RA Johnston
Succeeded by Ian Macfarlane
Secretary of the Department of Treasury
In office
September 1984 – September 1989
Personal details
Born Bernard William Fraser
1941 (age 72–73)
Junee, New South Wales
Nationality Australian
Alma mater University of New England (Australia)
Australian National University
Profession Economist

Bernard William "Bernie" Fraser (born 1941) is an Australian economist and was the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia from September 1989 to September 1996.

Fraser joined the Commonwealth Public Service in 1961, starting at the Department of National Development.[1]Educated at the University of New England and the Australian National University, Bernie Fraser joined the Commonwealth Public Service in 1961, spending time in Treasury, interspersed with postings in London as a Treasury representative, three years in the Department of Finance and three years as Director of the National Energy Office. He soon moved to the Department of Treasury, in 1963.[1] He was its London representative from 1969 to 1972. In 1981 Fraser was appointed Director of the National Energy Office. He returned to the Treasury in 1984 and became Secretary from September 1984 to September 1989.[2]

Fraser is an independent director of several industry superannuation funds[3] and is a director of Members Equity Bank.[4] He is the Chairman of the Board of the Climate Change Authority.[5]

He has appeared in several television ads in Australia for superannuation funds, notably sporting the catchphrase; "it's the super of the future".[6]

He was educated at Junee High School, the University of New England, Australia and the Australian National University.[7] He has received Honorary Doctorates from the University of New England, Australia and Charles Sturt University, Australia.[8] He is also an honorary Professor of Economics at the University of Canberra.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hawke, Robert (17 September 1984). "APPOINTMENT OF SECRETARY, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY" (Press release). Archived from the original on 22 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Bernard (Bernie) William Fraser, eleventh Secretary to the Treasury (1984–1989)". treasury.gov.au. 2001. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Trustee". australiansuperpension.com. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "ME Bank Directors". membersequity.com.au. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  5. ^ Greg Combet (21 June 2012). "Strong Board appointed for Climate Change Authority". Media Release. Australian Government. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  6. ^ St Anne, Christine (2 June 2008). "Super of the future". investordaily.com.au. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  7. ^ Short, John (18 September 1984). "New Treasury head tough but flexible". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  8. ^ Schmidt, Lucinda (19 March 2008). "Profile Bernie Fraser". theage.com.au. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
Government offices
Preceded by
John Stone
Secretary of the Department of the Treasury
1984 - 1989
Succeeded by
Chris Higgins
Preceded by
RA Johnston
Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia
1989 - 1996
Succeeded by
Ian Macfarlane