Andrew Norton

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Andrew Norton (born 7 July 1965) is an Australian author and researcher. He is the Program Director of Higher Education at the Grattan Institute. He was previously a Research Fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies, and Policy and Government Relations Adviser at the University of Melbourne. He is former director of the CIS's Liberalising Learning research programme and editor of its journal Policy.


From November 1997 to December 1999, Norton was the Higher Education Adviser to Dr David Kemp, Federal Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs. He was a fortnightly columnist for The Courier-Mail (1996–97) and a monthly columnist for The Education Age (2003). From 2003 to 2006 he blogged regularly at Catallaxyfiles.

Norton holds a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) and Bachelor of Laws from Monash University.

During the 2001 election, Andrew Norton was interviewed on SBS Worldview, ABC Life Matters, and The 7:30 Report concerning his opinions on ALP's higher education funding plans. Various newspapers and magazines have published articles by Norton about his market-based approach to higher education.[citation needed]


  • Norton, Andrew (2002). The Unchained University. The Centre for Independent Studies. ISBN 1-86432-070-2. 
  • Norton, Andrew; Jones, Chris; James, Chris (1993). A Defence of Economic Rationalism. Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86373-534-8. 


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