Christopher Sheil, BA (Hons), PhD, is a social historian whose principal interest is in the history of labour in society. He is a Visiting Fellow in the School of Humanities and Languages at the University of New South Wales, the President of the Evatt Foundation (affiliated with the University of Sydney), an Adjunct Professor at Boston University, and a former member of the Senior Executive Service within the NSW Cabinet Office. He has been a senior policy official under six governments (four Labor and two Liberal-National), has served on over 60 national and state government social and economic policy committees (including a dozen cabinet committees), and is the author or editor of over 200 academic and government publications. His main books are: (ed.) Globalisation: Australian Impacts (UNSW Press: 2001); Water’s Fall: Running the Risks with Economic Rationalism (Pluto Press: 2000); War on the Wharves: A Cartoon History (Pluto Press: 1998); and (ed.) Turning Point: The State of Australia (Allen & Unwin: 1997). His current research is focused on maritime labour, and economic inequality.