2011 — Tutor (economics of social issues & Australian economic institutions), University of Queensland.
2011 — Research Assistant, Centre for Creative Industries (QUT). Research and write about issues related to cultural production and consumption in Australia, specifically looking at cultural consumption price indices and inter-city cultural comparisons. Two months only.
2009 – Research Fellow, Centre for Independent Studies. Researched, wrote and spoke on issues including charitable funds, labour markets, climate change policy, tax and welfare reform, health policy, political philosophy and civil society.
2007 – Tutor (political economics), University of Queensland.
2002-2004 – Economic Consultant, Centre for International Economics. Projects included an assessment of the Aust-US free trade agreements, analysis of government R&D policies, assessing the finances of ASEAN, giving short training courses in budget policy, competition and international trade, researching the environmental impact of subsidies, calculating the costs of the Bali bombing, using and interpretting complex models (including CGE model GTAP), and conducting benefit-cost analysis on a range of different topics.
2000-2002 – Policy Analyst, Budget Policy Division and Tax Analysis Division, Commonwealth Treasury. Responsible for forecasting GST and income tax, writing elements of the Budget Papers, and coordinating the revenue section of Budget Paper 2. Involved in the production of the Intergenerational Report and the Tax Expenditure Statements, as well as involvement in a review of defence financing.
1999 – Tutor (microeconomics & political economics), University of Queensland.
1997 – Private, RURQ, Australian Army Reserve.
2010-present — PhD (Economics), University of Queensland (ongoing). Looking at the role of civil society in helping developmental goals, with specific regard to the use of non-profit personal equity to help finance education for low-income students.
2004-2006 – PhD (Economics), University of New England (incomplete). Researching the links between market competition and productivity growth.
1999 – B. Economics (Honours), University of Queensland. GPA = 6.4; High Distinctions in Advanced Macro-economics, International Economics (first in class) and Monetary Economics; Student representative on the academic board.
1996-1998 – B. Economics, University of Queensland. GPA = 6.0; completed 28 subjects instead of required 24, including 2/3rds of a commerce degree.
1991-1995 – High School Certificate, Caloundra Christian College
2012-present — Deputy Director, Australian Taxpayers Alliance.
2012-present — Postgraduate Senator, UQ Senate. The 22-person chief governing body of the University of Queensland.
2011-present — Committee Member, The Circle Project. A non-profit based on the Gold Coast that offers recording opportunities for new musical artists at Parallel Harmony Studios.
2007-present – President & Director, Human Capital Project. Non-profit organisation that invests in the university education of poor Cambodian students.
2005-present – Adjunct Scholar, Centre for Independent Studies.
2000-present – President, Australian Libertarian Society. Libertarian organisation that hosts events and occasional articles.
2010-2012 – Chair of Federalism & Decentralisation Policy Committee, Liberal National Party. Coordinate the federalism policy committee, as well as sit as a member of the Federal Tax committee, the Labour Markets committee, the Policy Standing Committee and the LNP State Council.
2010-2012 – Chairman, Menzies House. Centre-right website, including a blog and other campaigns. Originally a contributing editor.
2011 — Chair, UQ Association of Postgraduate Students. Inaugural chair of the newly re-formed postgraduate representative body, leading seven person executive.
2011 — Postgraduate representative, University of Queensland Assessment sub-committee of the Academic Board.
2009-2010– Member of the Steering Committee, Festival of Dangerous Ideas. Annual festival of ideas hosted by the Sydney Opera House and the St James Ethics Centre.
2006 – Volunteer lecturer (banking & finance) Chea Sim University, Cambodia.
2004-2006– Editorial Adviser, Journal of Internet Business
2004-2006 – Editorial Contributor, www.FreeMarketNews.com
2001-2008 – President (01-04) and Vice-President (05-08), Liberal Democratic Party. Lead and coordinated 2001 (1%) and 2004 (1.3%) campaign for ACT election. Queensland Senate candidate in 2007.