Lifestyle Economics Fellow

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Terry Barnes was senior policy and political adviser to two Australian health ministers, including former prime minister Tony Abbott. He was also a senior civil servant in the Australian and Victorian governments. Since 2007, Terry has become a regular commentator on health, politics and other subjects for major Australian and overseas newspapers, magazines and websites, and is interviewed regularly on radio and television.

He is well-known in Australia as the author of a controversial discussion paper proposing applying mandatory co-payments to GP services in Australia’s Medicare public insurance system. His paper sparked intense debate about the sustainability of Australian health services and how they are best paid for. Terry’s policy interests include health financing, and promoting public health policies that encourage greater personal responsibility and less state intervention and regulation in people’s lives.