Speakers Profile - Adam Creighton

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Economics Editor of The Australian, Australia's biggest selling national paper, Adam writes columns, features and news on economics and finances, from a box seat overlooking Australia's national policy debate.

He ended up a journalist by accident.

From a family of tradesmen (his dad was a compositor, mum a secretary), he was the first to finish high school on either side of his family. Adam attended Bangor Primary and Lucas Heights high school in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire.

Winning a full-fee paying scholarship to University of Wollongong, he finished a double degree in Commerce-Arts in 3.5 years rather than the usual 5, majoring in economics and French.

At 15 he started work on the checkout at Woolworths giant new store in Menai, where he was one of the fastest checkout operators (and continues to boast about this). Still at Woolies shifts on the weekend, he started as a graduate analyst at the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority before turning 21. In 2002 he took up a Cadetship from the Reserve Bank, achieving first class honours in economics at the UNSW - pipped by half a mark for first place by his friend Thomas, now a senior economist at the World Bank.

A few years after starting at the RBA’s fledgling financial stability department in 2003 (the GFC was yet to happen!), he won a Commonwealth Scholarship to Oxford, where he completed an MPhil in economics.

Having never considered a career in journalism, he tried his hand at writing opinion articles in 2007 while at Oxford, publishing a piece in the American Spectator about Australia’s Ruddslide election. Buoyed by the reception, and with the recommendation of two senior British journalists, Andrew Neil and Peter Oborne, he won the Marjorie Deane Award in 2009 to write full-time for The Economist in London.

In late 2009 he became senior adviser to the new opposition leader Tony Abbott. In 2011 he joined the Centre for Independent Studies as a research fellow before starting as economic correspondent for The Australian in January 2012.

Adam has won the Citi Journalism award and finished second among hundreds of entries in the international Bastiat Prize. He spent most of 2016 at the Wall Street Journal in Washington DC. Attorney-General George Brandis made him a member of the National Archives Advisory Council in 2017.

He appears on Sky and ABC television as well as 2GB radio, and has given numerous presentations about economic and financial issues at corporate and policy functions.