Australia's Future Fund: A Future Beyond the GFC

Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, Vol. 17, No. 2, May 2012, 284-297

15 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2013

Date Written: May 31, 2012

Abstract

Australia’s Future Fund (FF) was created in 2006 as a long-term savings fund designed to meet the Australian Government’s future public service pension liabilities. With the onset of the financial crisis, fewcommentators thought the Australian Government would have the capacity or interest to continue investing in the FF. However, in the context of Australia’s rapid, commodity-driven recovery from the crisis there is a growing case that the FF should play a central role in a new fiscal policy framework designed to manage the risks associated with the current resources boom. The paper explores these arguments and the politics associated with implementing such a framework and in so doing highlights the political constraints associated with implementing SWFs in advanced democracies.

Keywords: sovereign wealth funds, future Fund, Australian budget, fiscal policy

JEL Classification: H61

Suggested Citation

Eccleston, Richard, Australia's Future Fund: A Future Beyond the GFC (May 31, 2012). Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, Vol. 17, No. 2, May 2012, 284-297. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2210135

Richard Eccleston (Contact Author)

University of Tasmania ( email )

French Street
Sandy Bay
Tasmania, 7250
Australia

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