Greg Lindsay

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Gregory John Lindsay AO was the Executive Director of the prominent Australian think tank the Centre for Independent Studies which he founded in 1976 when a young mathematics teacher in the western suburbs of Sydney.[1] The Centre has grown to be one of the most influential think tanks in Australia and New Zealand.[2]


Lindsay initially studied agricultural science at the University of Sydney, but found that this was not his real interest and instead obtained secondary teaching qualifications in mathematics at Sydney Teachers' College.[3] A short four-year stint at Richmond High School coincided with further study at Macquarie University in philosophy culminating in graduating with a BA majoring in philosophy in 1977. The Centre's first public events were also held at Macquarie in October 1976 and in April 1977.

He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2003 for his contribution to education and public debate.[4]

In 2006 he was elected President of the Mont Pelerin Society for a two-year term at its General Meeting in Guatemala. He was elected to the Council of Macquarie University for a term from 1 January 2008.[4]

He lives in Sydney with his wife Jenny and has three children Heather, Nerida and Angus.


  1. ^ "Greg Lindsay AO (Executive Director)". Archived from the original on 2013-05-05.
  2. ^ "Thinkers of influence". The Age. 10 Dec 2005.
  3. ^ "CIS at 20".
  4. ^ a b "Members of Council". Retrieved 14 Feb 2010.

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