Gary Johns

The Honourable
Gary Johns
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Petrie
In office
11 July 1987  2 March 1996
Preceded by John Hodges
Succeeded by Teresa Gambaro
Personal details
Born (1952-08-29) 29 August 1952
Melbourne, Victoria
Nationality Australian
Political party ALP
Alma mater Monash University
Occupation Writer

Gary Thomas Johns (born 29 August 1952) is an Australian writer and former politician.

Political career

Johns was born in Melbourne, Victoria and received a Bachelor of Economics and a M.A. from Monash University. He was elected as the member for Petrie in 1987, and held it for the Australian Labor Party until his defeat in 1996. He served as Assistant Minister for Industrial Relations from December 1993 and Special Minister of State and Vice-President of the Executive Council from March 1994 until the defeat of the Keating government in 1996, in which he lost his seat to Liberal candidate Teresa Gambaro.[1]

Later career

Since his defeat, Johns has drifted from the ALP and has been critical of his old party. Johns told Brett Evans that he might still be a member of the ALP but Evans says that in Johns' heart he has moved on from the ALP.[2]

From 1997 to 2006, he was a senior fellow at the neo-liberal/conservative think tank the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA). Within the IPA, he was head of the Non-Government Organisations unit. From 2006-2009 Johns worked with a consultancy firm, ACIL Tasman. In 2009 he was appointed Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Australian Catholic University's Public Policy Institute. In 2012 he was appointed visiting fellow at QUT Business School. He was president of the Bennelong Society, an organisation that advocated the provision of welfare for Indigenous Australians under the same rules as for all other Australians. From 2002-2004 he was appointed Associate Commissioner of the Commonwealth Productivity Commission, an Australian government policy research and advisory body,[3] with the responsibility for an inquiry into the national workers’ compensation and occupational health and safety framework.[4]

He was awarded a PhD in political science in 2001 from the University of Queensland, in 2002 the Fulbright Professional Award in Australian-United States Alliance Studies, Georgetown University in Washington D. C., and in 2003 the Centenary Medal for ‘service to Australian society through the advancement of economic, social and political issues’.

He is columnist for The Australian newspaper, the author of numerous papers and books: Waking up to Dreamtime. Media Masters (2001), Aboriginal Self-determination. Connor Court (2011), Right Social Justice. Connor Court (2012), Really Dangerous Ideas. Connor Court (2013), Recognise What? Connor Court (2014), and The Charity Ball. Connor Court (2014).[5] No Contraception, No Dole. Connor Court (2016).[6]


Political offices
Preceded by
Frank Walker
Special Minister of State
Succeeded by
Nick Minchin
Vice-President of the Executive Council
Succeeded by
John Moore
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
John Hodges
Member for Petrie
Succeeded by
Teresa Gambaro
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