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Tristram Sainsbury

Tristram Sainsbury is a Research Fellow and Project Director at the G20 Studies Centre at the Lowy Institute. Prior to joining the Institute, Tristram was at the Australian Treasury where worked on G20 policy, focussing mainly on international financial architecture reform, financial regulation reform and G20 growth strategies. Prior to that he spent time in the Australian Treasury’s revenue forecasting and environmental fiscal policy areas. He has also worked at the Crawford School at the Australian National University on behalf of the Australian Treasury. Tristram holds a Masters in Applied Economics from ANU and has completed undergraduate studies in Resource Economics at the University of Sydney. He is a visiting fellow at the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University.

Articles by Tristram Sainsbury (37)

  • Reflections of a G20 scholar

    Tomorrow will be the final official day of the Lowy Institute for International Policy’s G20 Studies Centre.  Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison will be speaking at the Lowy Institute tomorrow on the themes of trade, investment and immigration, all crucial dimensions to current discussions about globalisation.   Next Thursday, Dr Martin Parkinson, secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, will talk on Australia’s approach to international governance and to the G20.
  • If you want my opinion...

    G20 summits are a busy time for scholars of global economic governance. There is a surprisingly small pool of us around the world who look at these issues day in, day out, and there are literally thousands of journalists whose minds are either turning to the G20 for the first time, or for the first time since the last summit.
  • Hangzhou G20 summit: Big on spectacle, low on substance

    China’s first G20 Summit was, as promised, a big show. But, right down to the unanticipated  delay in releasing a communique for several hours, it will not go down as a smooth one. For many, the event will also cement the G20’s reputation as a modern-day talk shop, and a forum unable to address the challenges posed by rising anti-globalisation sentiment. First, the process.
  • The G20 is a policy no-brainer for Australia

    The G20 is a policy no-brainer for Australia, and we should be actively engaged in the forum.  This is one of the basic conclusions that my colleague Hannah Wurf and I outline in our Lowy Institute analysis, Making the most of the G20, released today.  The position may surprise those that have bought into the sheer cynicism embodied in Gordon Brown’s recent remarks that the G20 is widely viewed as ineffective.
  • Why we should go to G20, minister or no minister

    The Australian Financial Review's Lisa Murray and Angus Grigg have identified one consequence associated with the drawn-out election results. Australia may not have our Trade Minister represented at upcoming two-day G20 trade ministers meeting in Shanghai on 9-10 July. But, assuming we are in a position to send a ministerial representative, how much should we expect out of the meeting? There are reasons to be hopeful, but not overly so.
  • Why tackling infrastructure deficits isn't so simple

    The notion that tackling investment and infrastructure shortfalls is essential to lifting growth, job creation and productivity is now familiar rhetoric. It's a point made regularly by the heads of international organisations like the IMF, World Bank and OECD and also often found in G20 communiques.
  • Budget 2016: How well does the Australian Treasurer understand our global economic context?

        We face 'extraordinary' times, 'very sensitive' times, international headwinds and fragility. But the overarching message we are meant to take away from this year's Budget with is a positive one. In his 2016-17 Budget speech, delivered tonight, Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison stated that the Turnbull Government understands the economic challenges Australia faces.