Series 607 - Don Brash's research papers on American corporate investment in Australian manufacturing

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Don Brash's research papers on American corporate investment in Australian manufacturing


  • 1961 - 1971 (Creation)

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1 m (5 type 1 boxes)

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(1940 -)

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Born in Wanganui New Zealand and educated at schools in Wanganui and Christchurch, Brash began his adult life on the left of the political spectrum, opting out of school military cadets as a conscientious objector at the age of 15, and voting for the Labour Party in a number of general elections. Gradually he came to recognise the benefits of the market economy. Brash has a PhD in Economics from the Australian National University, with his thesis on American investment in Australian industry being published in 1966 by both Harvard University Press and the ANU Press. He holds a Master of Arts degree with First Class Honours in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Economics and History, both from the University of Canterbury. Brash helped establish Amnesty International's Freedom Foundation in New Zealand in the early nineties. He is also a former director of one of New Zealand's largest social service agencies - Presbyterian Support Services (Northern) - and became a trustee of the Plunket Foundation in 2009. Brash has held a wide variety of positions in both the public and private sectors. He was Reserve Bank Governor, 1988-2002, Leader of the National Party, 2003-2006 and, for seven months in 2011, Leader of the ACT Party in New Zealand. He is currently (2015) the chairman of the New Zealand subsidiary of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, and in the last few years has been involved in a number of consulting projects, including advising the Government of The Bahamas on GST. Early in 2014, he published ‘Incredible Luck’, a book assessing his life and recording his opinions on a range of important issues, including drug policy, China's relationship with New Zealand, the Key Government, and the future of democracy.

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Having recognised the growing impact of the US economy on Australia, both through investment and trade, Sir John Crawford, as Director and Professor of Economics, Research School of Pacific Studies at the Australian National University, wished to make these matters the subject of research within the School’s Economics and International Relations Departments. On discovering that Donald Brash was examining possible subjects for a Doctoral thesis at the Australian National University, Professor Crawford invited him to conduct a survey of American corporate investment in Australian manufacturing. The papers in this series comprise the notes and working papers of Donald Brash in preparation for his Doctoral thesis on the contribution made to Australian development by American investment, 1960-1965, and the likely future trends in this field.


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1. United States investment in Australian manufacturing industry / by Donald Thomas Brash. Thesis (Ph.D.)--Australian National University, 1965 (Australian National University Library - call number: HG5892.B73 1965) -- 2. American investment in Australia - Project by Dr DT Brash (ANUA 53 file number

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