Who is Race Mathews?
Charles Race Thorson Mathews, always known as Race Mathews is a Co-operative economist, and former member of Victoria's State Parliament and Australia's Federal Parliament for the Australian Labor Party. As of 2012 he was a Senior Research Fellow at Monash University's Faculty of Business and Economics.
From 1972 to 1975, Mathews was the Federal Member for Casey, where he served as the Chairman of the House of Representatives Select Committee on Specific Learning Difficulties, and the Chairman of the Government Members' Committee on Urban and Regional Development. From 1979 to 1992, Mathews served as the State Member for Oakleigh in the Victorian Legislative Assembly during the Cain Government. In this capacity, Mathews served as the Chairman of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Co-operatives, the Minister for Community Services from 1987 to 1988, and Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for the Arts 1982–1987.
Mathews is the author, co-author, or editor of numerous books on politics and economics. These include "Building the Society of Equals: Worker Co-operatives and the A.L.P.," "Jobs of Our Own," "Australia's First Fabians," "Whitlam Re-visited: Policy Development, Policies and Outcomes," "Labor's Troubled Times," and "Turning the Tide: Towards a Mutualist Philosophy and Politics for Labor and the Left."
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