Australia’s business investment challenge

Research School of Economics

Event details


Date & time

Thursday 02 November 2017


Great Hall, University House, 1 Balmain Crescent , ANU


John Fraser, Secretary to the Treasury.


Karissa Carkeet

In this Sir Leslie Melville Public Lecutre, Secretary to the Treasury John Fraser will speak about the trends and influences driving business investment in Australia, and the challenges these present to the economy, following a major project undertaken in collaboration with State and Territory Treasuries.

John Fraser was appointed Secretary to the Treasury in 2015. Ex officio he is a member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia; a member of the Australian Council of Financial Regulators; and Chair of the G20 Global Infrastructure Hub.

John was Chairman and CEO of UBS Global Asset Management from late 2001 to 2013. Prior to joining UBS and its predecessor organisations in 1993, John served for over twenty years with the Australian Treasury, including appointment as Deputy Secretary (Economic) from 1990 to 1993 and postings at the International Monetary Fund (1978-1980) and as Minister (Economic) at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC (1985-1988). John was a member of the Australian Government’s 1996 Audit Commission and a Board member of the Australian Stock Exchange (1997-2003).

John graduated from Monash University, Melbourne, in 1972 with a first-class honours degree in economics and, in 2013, was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws by the University. John was awarded a Centenary medal by the Commonwealth Government in 2001 for service to Australian society through business and economics.

This lecture is presented by the Research School of Economics, at The Australian National University.

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