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Cliff Walsh 

Commissioner

After completing undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics at the London School of Economics, Emeritus Professor Cliff Walsh initially came to Australia in 1969 as a PhD Scholar at the Australian National University. His subsequent career-track has been as an academic economist and public policy analyst. 

Professor Walsh has held professorial appointments at the University of Adelaide and the Australian National University and visiting appointments at universities in Canada, the USA and the UK. His teaching, research, publications and advisory specialities have featured in public sector economics and public policy; regulatory theory and its application to economic, social and environmental issues; economic and social evaluation of public sector programs and regulatory regimes; and intergovernmental economic, political and administrative relations. 

Professor Walsh has also been an advisor to a Prime Minister and State Premiers; an Associate Commissioner for several Productivity Commission Inquiries; an expert advisor to the European Commission and the World Bank; a member of numerous committees of inquiry into public sector policies and programs; and a member of the Australian Competition Tribunal, which reviews appeals on decisions of Australia’s competition regulator, the ACCC. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Economics, and a (honorary) Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Economics, at the University of Adelaide.