Women in Economics Network: Politics at the Pub: Chris Bowen and Clare O’Neil


From: Monday October 9, 2017, 5:30 pm

To: Monday October 9, 2017, 7:00 pm

Politics at the Pub: Chris Bowen and Clare O’Neil

In a special event for the Women in Economics Network, Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen and Shadow Justice Minister Clare O’Neil will discuss female participation in the economy and in the senior ranks of business and government.

Please come along to Juliet bar – a new Melbourne bar showcasing female winemakers and small goods producers – to join in the conversation with Chris and Clare.

About the speakers

Chris Bowen was elected to the Federal Parliament as Member for Prospect in October 2004 having previously served as Mayor of Fairfield for 1998 and 1999, and President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils from 2000 to 2002.

Chris was elevated to the shadow ministry the Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Revenue & Competition Policy. In Government from 2007 Chris was appointed to the portfolios as Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs; in 2009 he was elevated to Cabinet as Minister for Human Services. He also served as Minister for Financial Services, Superannuation and Corporate Law.

Chris was appointed as Minister for Immigration and Citizenship in 2010. In February 2013 Chris was appointed Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research and Minister for Small Business.

In June of the same year, Chris was appointed Treasurer by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. Following the 2013 election, he served as Interim Labor Party Leader and Leader of the Opposition while the Labor leadership ballot was underway. He was later appointed Shadow Treasurer by Bill Shorten.

Clare O’Neil was elected to the Parliament as the Federal Member for Hotham in 2013, and was re-elected in 2016. In July 2016, Clare was appointed to the Shadow Ministry as the Shadow Minister for Justice. 

Immediately before entering Parliament, Clare worked in business as an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company. There, she worked with CEOs of Australian companies, helping them solve their most difficult problems.

Clare has Arts and Law degrees with Honours from Monash University, and a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University where she studied as a Fulbright Scholar.

Clare is a former Mayor of Greater Dandenong. At the age of 23, she was Australia’s youngest ever female Mayor.

Clare co-authored a book with Tim Watts MP, entitled ‘Two Futures - Australia at a Critical Moment’, in August 2015..


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Juliet Bar

Basement, 37-41 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

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