Andrew Leigh

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The Honourable
Dr Andrew Leigh
Andrew Leigh MP.jpg
Member of the Australian Parliament for Fraser
Assumed office
21 August 2010
Preceded by Bob McMullan
Personal details
Born Andrew Keith Leigh
(1972-08-03) 3 August 1972 (age 43)
Sydney, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Gweneth
Children 3 sons
Residence Australia
Alma mater University of Sydney
Harvard Kennedy School
Occupation Politician
Profession Solicitor, economist, professor, academic

Andrew Keith Leigh (born 3 August 1972) is an Australian politician and former professor of economics[1] at the Australian National University. He has been a Labor member of the Australian House of Representatives since 2010, representing the seat of Fraser.

In 2011, Leigh was awarded the Economic Society of Australia's Young Economist Award. This award, presented once every two years, is given to "honour that Australian economist under the age of forty who is deemed to have made a significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge."[2]

Academic career[edit]

Leigh's early years of education were in Sydney, Melbourne, Malaysia and Indonesia, before receiving secondary education at James Ruse Agricultural High School in Sydney, New South Wales.[3] Leigh holds a BA(Hons) and LLB(Hons) from the University of Sydney, and an MPA and PhD from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.[4] He has published over 50 journal articles in the disciplines of economics, public policy and law, and over 100 opinion pieces. His research findings have been discussed in The Australian, The Australian Financial Review, Christian Science Monitor, The Economist, New York Times, The Sydney Morning Herald, Time, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.

Prior to entering politics, Leigh was a professor in the Research School of Economics at the Australian National University. His research was in the fields of labour economics, public finance, and political economy. He has also previously worked as a lawyer for Minter Ellison (Sydney) and Clifford Chance (London), and as Associate to Justice Michael Kirby of the High Court of Australia. He has also worked as a researcher for UK Solicitor General Ross Cranston, as senior trade adviser to the late Senator Peter Cook, and as a research fellow with the Progressive Policy Institute (Washington, D.C.).[5]

Political career[edit]

In the 1995 NSW election, Leigh stood as the Labor candidate for the New South Wales state seat of Northcott, receiving an 8% swing, but nonetheless losing by a large margin to Barry O'Farrell.[6]

On 24 April 2010, Leigh was selected as Labor's candidate for the Australian federal seat of Fraser[7] following the announced retirement of Bob McMullan. Fraser is a safe Labor seat.[8] Leigh was subsequently elected in the Australian federal election held on 21 August 2010.[9]

In 2013, Leigh was the spokesperson on Opposition costings and on 25 March 2013, was appointed as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister following a Cabinet reshuffle in the wake of a failed leadership challenge on Prime Minister Julia Gillard.[10] Leigh, a supporter of Gillard,[11] lost this position after the June 2013 Labor leadership spill.[12]

After the 2013 election, Leigh was appointed by Bill Shorten as Labor's Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Competition.


  • —; Burchell, David, eds. (2002). The Prince's New Clothes: Why do Australians Dislike Their Politicians. University of NSW Press. ISBN 978-0-86840-604-6. 
  • —; Duncan, Magregor; Madden, David; Tynan, Peter (2004). Imagining Australia: Ideas for Our Future. Allen & Unwin. ISBN 978-1-74114-382-9. 
  • — (2010). Disconnected. University of NSW Press. ISBN 978-1-74223-153-2. 
  • — (2013). Battlers and Billionaires: The Story of Inequality in Australia. Black Inc. ISBN 978-1-86395-607-9. 
  • — (2014). The Economics of Just About Everything: The Hidden Reasons For Our Curious Choices And Surprising Successes. Allen & Unwin. ISBN 978-1-74331-471-5. 
  • — (2015). The Luck of Politics. Black Inc. ISBN 9781863957557. 

Selected speeches[edit]

Honours and awards[edit]

  • Fellow, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (2011)
  • Young Economist Award, Economic Society of Australia (2011)[2]
  • Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia Early Career Award (2006)[13]
  • Best Discussant Award, Annual PhD Conference in Economics and Business (2006)
  • Garran Oration, Institute of Public Administration Australia (2004).


  1. ^ Aedy, Richard (23 March 2010). "Wryside economics: investing in shares". Retrieved 9 December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Young Economist Award". Awards. The Economic Society of Australia. 2011. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Armstrong, Amanda (10 August 2010). "Meet the candidate: Andrew Leigh". Life Matters (Australia: ABC Radio National). Archived from the original on 24 August 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  4. ^ West, Andrew (2 October 2010). "Trading in the lectern for a bully pulpit". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "The Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP". Senators and Members. Parliament of Australia. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Northcott – 1995". Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  7. ^ Maiden, Samantha (26 April 2010). "Blow to factions in Labor Canberra preselection". The Australian. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  8. ^ "Division Profile – Fraser". Virtual Tally Room. Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  9. ^ Irvine, Jessica (23 August 2010). "First-timers break the mould". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 25 August 2010. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  10. ^ Mosley, Lisa (25 March 2013). "Andrew Leigh takes on new political role". ABC News (Australia). Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  11. ^ Peake, Ross (27 June 2013). "'Heavy heart' but I back Rudd as PM: Kelly". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "Second Rudd Ministry" (PDF). Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Commonwealth of Australia. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Annual Report" (PDF). Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 July 2008. Retrieved 30 September 2010. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Bob McMullan
Member for Fraser