Gary Thomas Johns (born 29 August 1952) is an Australian writer and former politician. His appointment in 2017 by the Turnbull government as Commissioner of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission elicited criticism.
|Member of the Australian Parliament|
11 July 1987 – 2 March 1996
|Preceded by||John Hodges|
|Succeeded by||Teresa Gambaro|
|Born||29 August 1952|
|Alma mater||Monash University|
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.
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.
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, with the responsibility for an inquiry into the national workers’ compensation and occupational health and safety framework.
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 a 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). No Contraception, No Dole. Connor Court (2016).
- Johns, Gary (2001). Waking up to Dreamtime : the illusion of Aboriginal self-determination. Singapore: Media Masters.
- Aboriginal Self-determination. Connor Court (2011)
- Right Social Justice. Connor Court (2012)
- Really Dangerous Ideas. Connor Court (2013)
- Recognise What? Connor Court (2014)
- The Charity Ball. Connor Court (2014)
- No Contraception, No Dole. Connor Court (2016)
Essays and reporting
- Johns, Gary (January–February 2016). "Identity games : what if there are no Aborigines?". Quadrant. 60 (1–2): 28–29.
- Hunter, Fergus (7 December 2017). "Charities express alarm as long-time 'foe' Gary Johns is appointed as their regulator". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
- Williams, Wendy (9 February 2018). "Government Accused of Undermining Australia's Charities". Pro Bono Australia. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
- "Biography for Johns, the Hon. Gary Thomas". Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 24 May 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2007.
- Evans, Brett (2001). The Life and Soul of the Party: A Portrait of Modern Labor. ISBN 9780868407388.
- "Gary Johns". ACIL Tasman. Archived from the original on 2006-08-21. Retrieved 2008-06-18.
- Productivity Commission Annual Report 2003-04, Annual Report Series (PDF) (Report). Productivity Commission, Canberra. 2004. p. 51. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 October 2007. Retrieved 18 June 2008.
- Connor Court
- Connor Court
| Special Minister of State
| Vice-President of the Executive Council
|Parliament of Australia|
| Member for Petrie