While at Treasury, Gene developed the program for a G20 workshop on international labour mobility and he also played a role in Australia’s response to the global financial crisis, advising on debt policy and cash management.
In recent years, Gene has been a course leader and expert presenter for several short courses delivered by University of Queensland’s International Development unit. These courses have covered topics such as best practice policy development, industry policy and trade policy (e.g. tariff policies), cost benefit analysis, taxation, natural resource economics for officials from Indonesia’s Ministries of Finance (Kemenkeu) and National Development Planning (Bappenas).
Based on his experience as a former Australian Treasury official and as a practising professional economist, Gene is able to provide a blend of theoretical and practical knowledge that is well appreciated by course participants.
In his consulting practice, Gene regularly consults to a range of private and public sector clients, including Commonwealth and state government agencies, including most recently the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (Commonwealth) and the Office of Industrial Relations (Queensland Government). Other recent clients have included VicHealth, the Property Council of Australia, Resource Industry Network, Department of State Development, and the Beenleigh Housing Development Company.
Typically, Gene’s consulting work is highly policy relevant. For example, he has led an economic analysis for the Queensland Office of Industrial Relations, assessing proposed changes to the regulation of amusement devices following the 2016 Dreamworld tragedy. This information, based on extensive industry consultation and data analysis, is currently being considered by the state government. Gene has a first-class honours degree in economics from the University of Queensland and was a University Medallist. He also lectures in UQ’s School of Economics, most recently as course leader for ECON2040 Macroeconomic Policy.
Gene is a regular public speaker and participant in panel discussions. He has spoken at conferences organised by CPA Australia and the Western Australia Local Government Association, among others. In 2018, Gene was a participant in a panel discussion on US President Trump’s economic and trade policies at QUT. Gene has also recently participated in panel discussions on Emma Griffiths’ 612 ABC Brisbane radio program Focus on the issues of Australia’s low wages growth and the Opposition’s proposed changes to negative gearing and capital gains taxation.
Gene is the author of the blog Queensland Economy Watch. He appears frequently in state and national media commenting on economic issues.