Brendan Long is an economist with over two decades of experience in Government and the not-for-profit sector. He has also been a senior political adviser for six years to Federal politicians including Simon Crean, Joel Fitzgibbon, Joseph Ludwig and Stephen Conroy. Currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture (part of Charles Sturt University) his research focuses on social and economic policy issues like the NDIS, welfare and tax reform.
Brendan studied economics, law and philosophy at the ANU. He is a leading scholar in the thought of Adam Smith - the topic of his doctoral dissertation at the University of Cambridge. Recent publications include this opinion piece about the shortcomings of the 2016 Federal Liberal Budget.
Brendan has been married to Julie for 22 years and they have 5 children. Julie and Brendan both grew up in Torrens and have lived in Curtin for the last 12 years. Brendan is active in the St Vincent de Paul Society and Julie is a social worker.