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Research scholar, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, Australian National University

Paul Cleary is a senior writer with The Australian newspaper and a researcher in Indigenous development at the Australian National University. In a career spanning 20 years he has reported on politics and economics for a decade in the Canberra press gallery, and worked as a correspondent in Southeast Asia and as a political adviser. Awarded a Chevening fellowship by the UK Foreign Office to study at SOAS, University of London, he became an adviser to government of newly-independent East Timor. He is the author of Shakedown — Australia’s grab for Timor oil (2007), The Men Who Came out of the Ground (2010) and Too Much Luck (due out August 2011).


  • –present
    Research Scholar, Aboriginal Centre for Economic Policy Research, Australian National University
  • –present
    Senior Writer, The Australian
  • –present
    Economics Correspondent, Australian Financial Review


    University of London, MSc Political Economy of Development
    University of Sydney, BEc (Hons)

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