I did most of my education in Tasmania and, after spending almost 34 years on what Tasmanians call ‘the mainland’, returned to Tasmania in December 2014. Both while I was living away, and since returning, I’ve maintained a keen interest in the progress (or, at times, lack of it) of Australia’s smallest state. The pieces here represent some of my efforts to advocate for policies which, in my opinion, would result in a stronger Tasmanian economy and improved living standards for Tasmanians.
ANZ’s submission to the Commonwealth-State Inquiry into the Tasmanian Economy (the Nixon Inquiry)Tasmania | 15th February 1997
My first substantial piece of writing about Tasmania’s economic problems, written on behalf of my then employer ANZ Bank to a Commonwealth-State Inquiry into the Tasmanian Economy headed by Peter Nixon, a former National Party MP and senior minister in the federal government of Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser.