On 24 April 2010, Andrew was selected as the Australian Labour Party’s candidate for the Australian federal seat of Fraser following the announced retirement of Bob McMullan. Fraser is a safe Labour seat. Leigh was subsequently elected in the Australian federal election held on 21 August 2010. Andrew’s early years of education were in Melbourne, Malaysia and Indonesia, before receiving secondary education at James Ruse Agricultural High School in Sydney, New South Wales. Andrew holds a BA(Hons) and LLB(Hons) from the University of Sydney, and an MPA and PhD from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has published over 50 journal articles in the disciplines of economics, public policy and law, and over 100 opinion pieces. His research findings have been discussed in The Australian, The Australian Financial Review, Christian Science Monitor, The Economist, New York Times, The Sydney Morning Herald, Time Magazine, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.
Andrew’s current research is in the fields of labour economics, public finance, and political economy. He has previously worked as a lawyer for Minter Ellison (Sydney) and Clifford Chance (London), and as Associate to Justice Michael Kirby of the High Court of Australia. He has also worked as a research officer for the British Labour Party, as senior trade adviser to the Australian Labour Party, and as a research fellow with the Progressive Policy Institute (Washington DC). In 2009, he was promoted to a professor at the Australian National University. He has published three books and over fifty journal articles. Andrew is also a regular columnist for the Australian Financial Review. Andrew lives in Hackett with his wife Gweneth and their sons Sebastian and Theodore.