Wayne Swan served as the Treasurer of Australia for nearly six years, including three years as Deputy Prime Minister.
He was one of the longest serving finance ministers in the G20 and was recognised as one of its leading contributors, drawing on his unique experience overseeing Australia’s economic outperformance among the developed world.
Mr Swan was awarded Euromoney Finance Minister of the Year in 2011 for his ‘careful stewardship of Australia’s finances and economic performance’ during the global financial crisis. He was only the second Australian to receive this accolade and the first for almost 30 years.
His focus as Treasurer was on strong, secure economic growth, job creation, and maximising the opportunities for Australia in the Asian Century. He was instrumental in the publication of the Asian Century White Paper – a blue print for Australia’s engagement in the region.
He is the author of The Good Fight: Six Years, two prime ministers and staring down the Great
Recession (2014). More recently, Mr Swan co-authored a report on Inclusive Prosperity, commissioned by the Center for American Progress.
In 2015, he attended the UN General Assembly as a member of the Australian delegation. During this time, Mr Swan was a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Institute for Global Affairs, heading a series of seminars on political and economic reform in the 21st century with a focus on contemporary Australian experiences.
He also published a report on Financing for Development for the United Nations Social and Economic Commission in the Asia Pacific (UN-ESCAP) and chairs their Eminent Expert Group (EEG) on Tax Policy and Public Expenditure Management for Sustainable Development.
Mr Swan was re-elected for the eighth time in the July 2016 Federal Election as the Federal Member for Lilley in the Australian House of Representatives.