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Members of the Climate Change Authority

Chair: Mr Bernie Fraser

On 10 July 2011, the then Prime Minister announced that Mr Bernie Fraser was to be the first Chair of the Authority. Mr Fraser has decades of experience in public economic policy and business, having served as Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) from 1989 to 1996 and Secretary of the Treasury from 1984 to 1989. Mr Fraser was a director of two of Australia’s largest superannuation funds, AustralianSuper and Cbus, for 15 years before retiring recently. He has been Chair of ME Bank since its inception. Mr Fraser resigned as Authority Chair on 8 September 2015.

Ex officio member and Chief Scientist: Professor Ian Chubb, AC

The Climate Change Authority Act 2011 appoints the Chief Scientist as an ex officio member of the Authority. The current Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, AC, began his four-year term on 23 May 2011. Professor Chubb has had a distinguished career in higher education and research, retiring after a decade as Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University (ANU). He later took on leadership roles in university administration and sector advocacy bodies. A neuroscientist by training, he has co-authored some 70 full papers and co-edited one book — all related to his research. Professor Chubb has previously been named the Australian Capital Territory’s nominee for Australian of the Year for his contribution to higher education.

Professor Clive Hamilton

Professor Hamilton holds the Vice-Chancellor’s Chair and is Professor of Public Ethics at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Charles Sturt University. He holds an Arts degree from ANU and an Economics degree from the University of Sydney, and completed his doctorate at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. For 14 years, he was the Executive Director of The Australia Institute, a progressive think tank. Before establishing The Australia Institute, Professor Hamilton taught in the Graduate Program in the Economics of Development at ANU. He then joined the Australian Public Service, first with the Bureau of Industry Economics and subsequently the Resource Assessment Commission. He also worked as a resource economist in Indonesia. Professor Hamilton has held visiting academic positions at Yale University, the University of Sydney, ANU, the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford. He is a member of the Royal Society’s Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative.

Professor David Karoly

Professor Karoly is Professor of Atmospheric Science in the University of Melbourne’s School of Earth Sciences. His research expertise is in climate variability and climate change, including greenhouse climate change, stratospheric ozone depletion and interannual climate variations due to El Niño-Southern Oscillation. Professor Karoly was Chair of the Premier of Victoria’s Climate Change Reference Group during 2008–09 and a member of the Commonwealth Government’s High Level Coordinating Group on Climate Change Science during 2009–11. Professor Karoly is also a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists.

Professor John Quiggin

Professor Quiggin is an Australian Laureate Fellow at the University of Queensland. He has Bachelor degrees in Arts and Economics and a Masters of Economics, and was awarded his PhD from the University of New England in 1988. He has held academic positions at ANU, James Cook University, the University of Maryland, the University of Sydney, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Queensland, and was a board member of the Queensland Competition Authority. Professor Quiggin is among the top 500 economists in the world according to IDEAS/Respect and is best known for his work on utility theory. He has frequently been recognised for his research, including twice receiving Federation Fellowships from the Australian Research Council. His most recent book, Zombie Economics: How Dead Ideas Still Walk among Us, was published in October 2010 by Princeton University Press. Professor Quiggin is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and in 2011 received the Distinguished Fellow Award of the Economic Society of Australia.