Tim Wilson

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Tim Wilson is the Human Rights Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, appointed in December 2013.

He is the former Director of Climate Change Policy and the Intellectual Property and Free Trade Unit at the Institute of Public Affairs, a Melbourne based corporate-funded think tank.

In April 2007 Wilson and Sinclair Davidson, the Dean of Research & Innovation at RMIT University, lodged a complained to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission that Oxfam's support of fair trade coffee amounts to a breach of the Trade Practices Act provisions against misleading and deceptive conduct. [1]

In October 2008 Wilson ran as candidate for deputy mayor for Melbourne City Council on a ticket with Peter McMullin, who is running as an Australian Labor Party candidate for lord mayor.[2] A later report identified Wilson as a member of the Liberal Party of Australia.[3] His bid was unsuccessful.[4]


A biographical note states that Wilson is also "a Senior Fellow at New York's Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, has studied global public health policy in a joint program of Geneva's Institut de Hautes Études Internationales et du Développment and the World Health Organisation and participated in The Australian newspaper’s Shaping our Future: Ideas to Change a Century series on reforming healthcare finance. He serves on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's IP industry consultative group and the Steering Committee of the Sydney Opera House's Festival of Dangerous Ideas".[5]

"Tim's worked in international development across South East Asia, consulting and politics. In 2009 The Australian newspaper recognised him as one of the ten emerging leaders of Australian society as part of its Next 100 series, is a recipient of an Australian Leadership Award from the Australian Davos Connection and was selected to participate in the inaugural Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program. At University Tim was twice elected Student Union President as well as to the University's Board of Directors. He's currently completing a Graduate Diploma of Energy and the Environment (Climate Science and Global Warming) at Perth's Murdoch University. He has a Masters of Diplomacy and Trade and a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University, a Diploma of Business and has completed Asialink's Leaders Program at the University of Melbourne," the biographical note states.[5]

Articles and resources


  1. Caroline Overington, "Oxfam coffee 'harms' poor farmers", The Australian, April 28, 2007.
  2. James Campbell, "Political opposites race to town hall", Sunday Herald Sun, October 19, 2008.
  3. "The race for lord mayor and the quest for a real say", The Age, November 16, 2008.
  4. Rachel Cook, "Wins & losses at the polls", MCV, December 3, 2008.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Tim Wilson", Institute of Public Affairs, accessed July 2011.

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