Student, Scotch College. Diploma in Agriculture, Roseworthy Agricultural College, Australia. Bachelor in Economics, University Western Australia.
Doctor of Science (honorary), University South Australia. Doctor of Science (honorary), Queensland University Technology.
Former staff Australian Bureau Agricultural Economics. Member staff Australian Department Trade and Industry, 1971-1972, trade union secretary, 1973. Member Australian House of Representatives, Canberra, 1974-1975, 77-94, opposition spokesman for education, 1980-1983, opposition spokesman for industry and commerce, 1983.
Minister for finance Government of Australia, 1983-1984, minister assisting prime minister for public service matters, 1983, minister trade, 1985-1987, minister assisting prime minister for youth affairs, 1984, minister employment, education, training, 1987-1992, treasurer, 1992-1993, representative for special investment, 1994-1995. Press officer Australian Trades and Labor Council, 1976-1977. Dir Sealcorp Holdings Australia, since 1994.
Chairman John Dawkins & Co, since 1994, Med Corp Australasia, 1997—2001, Elders Rural Bank, since 1998, Law Cent, since 2000, Govt Relations Australia, since 2000.
Patron Menzies Sch Health. Mem nat exec Australian Labor Party, vpres, 1982. Bd dirs Fred Hollows Found.
Married Maggie Maruff, March 2, 1987.