As a Visiting Fellow Mr McMullan has recently joined the Crawford School where he intends to continue and develop his interest in development and development policy as well as public policy issues generally.
Mr McMullan was a member of the high-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing, which was mobilized during the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009. The Group members produced a report containing recommendations for the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in Mexico December 2010.
Mr McMullan has a special interest in the welfare of disabled persons in developing countries and initiated Australia’s first Disability and development strategy.
Mr McMullan joins the Crawford School, after completing a long and distinguished career in the Australian Parliament as one of Australia’s pre-eminent Labor politicians.
In 1981, he was elected National Secretary of the Labor Party and he directed the ALP’s three successful election campaigns in the 1980s. After being appointed Senator for the Australian Capital Territory in 1990, Mr McMullan was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer in 1990 and in 1991 became Manager of Government Business in the Senate. As Senator for the ACT, held the positions of Minister for the Arts and Administrative Services (1993) and Minister for Trade (1994), before being elected to the seat of Canberra in 1996 and, after a redistribution, as Member for Fraser in 1998. Between 1996 and 2007 Mr McMullan held a number of Shadow Ministerial positions including Shadow Treasurer, Shadow Minister for Finance and Small Business and Shadow Minister for Federal/State Relations, and after the election of the Rudd Government in November 2007, he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance. Mr McMullan has just completed four and a half years as Australia’s representative on the Board of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.