The Australia Institute is committed to promoting ethical and responsible decision-making and procedures in relation to the research it carries out and the reports it publishes. Its activities are governed by the highest standards of reporting, based on exhaustively researched topics and constructive and unbiased conclusions.

Executive Director, Mr Ben Oquist

Appointed in 2015, Mr Ben Oquist is a highly respected political and communications strategist and commentator. Mr Oquist is known for his ability to negotiate across the political spectrum and drive national policy debate and outcomes. He is a regular commentator and contributor across broadcast and print media.


Deputy Director, Ms Ebony Bennett

Ms Ebony Bennett is the Deputy Director of The Australia Institute and has worked in federal politics for more than a decade. Ms Bennett has published research on climate change, gender and street harassment. She regularly appears as a commentator on Sky News and as a contributor for the Guardian and Fairfax publications.


Chief Economist, Dr Richard Denniss

Dr Richard Denniss is the Chief Economist and former Executive Director of The Australia Institute.  Dr Denniss is a prominent Australian economist, author and public policy commentator, and a former Associate Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University.