Tom Fitzgerald (economist)

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Tom Fitzgerald
Thomas Michael Fitzgerald

(1918-08-28)28 August 1918
Died25 January 1993(1993-01-25) (aged 74)
Occupation(s)economist, journalist, advisor
Known forFitzgerald report

Thomas Michael Fitzgerald (28 August 1918 – 25 January 1993) was an Australian economist, journalist and political advisor. [1]



Fitzgerald trained in economics by reading Keynes at the University of Sydney (1936–40). [1]


Fitzgerald enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force in November 1942 and, after training, was navigator on 'Liberator' bombers in 1944–45. [1] [2]

Fitzgerald was financial editor of The Sydney Morning Herald from 1952 to 1970. [1] While retaining his employment by Fairfax, he began publishing Nation , a fortnightly journal, in September 1958. Sylvia Lawson was one of his early contributors. [3] He sold Nation to Gordon Barton in 1972 [2] and was Editorial Director of Rupert Murdoch's News Ltd from 1970 to 1972. [1]

Fitzgerald produced the "Fitzgerald Report – The contribution of the mineral industry to Australian welfare : report to the Minister for Minerals and Energy" (1974) for the Whitlam government. [4]

In 1990 Fitzgerald delivered a set of six Boyer Lectures "Between Life and Economics – 'A dissenting case'". [5]


Fitzgerald died in St Vincent's Hospital, Darlinghurst on 25 January 1993. He was survived by his wife, whom he had married in 1945, and their two sons and two daughters. [2]

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