Trade and Competitiveness, Australia
Craig Emerson was elected to Parliament in 1998. He is the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, Minister for Trade and Competitiveness and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Asian Century Policy.
Prior to that, he had portfolio responsibility for small business, competition policy, consumer affairs and deregulation. Craig holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) Degree from the University of Sydney, a Master of Economics Degree from the University of Sydney and a Ph.D. in Economics from The Australian National University. He has been a Post-Doctoral Fellow at The Australian National University and has around 20 publications to his name, including a book setting out a vision and plan for Australia's future. Since becoming a Parliamentarian, Craig has had more than 80 opinion pieces published in national newspapers.
Professionally, Craig has been Secretary of a Queensland Government Department, CEO of a Queensland Statutory Authority, an Assistant Secretary in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and an Economic Analyst at the United Nations. Craig was a Senior Policy Adviser to former Prime Minister Bob Hawke and earlier, to Finance Minister Peter Walsh. He was Mr. Hawke’s adviser on trade policy, microeconomic reform and the environment. In addition to his more than 25 years of public policy work, Craig has successfully run his own small business.
Craig's other interests include Rugby Union and Rugby League and he still plays a few games for the Parliamentary Rugby Union Team.