Case | HBS Case Collection | April 1996 (Revised December 1998)

Australia in the 1990s: Lucky or Broke?

by George C. Lodge


In 1996, Australia had a new prime minister, John Howard, ending 13 years of Labor Party rule. This case allows an analysis of the challenges that the new government faces and invites thought about the choices that the government has in meeting those challenges. Large and persistent current account deficits suggest that the country must increase its exports, but what will those exports be and to which markets will they go?

Keywords: Trade; Government and Politics; Markets; Problems and Challenges; Australia;


Lodge, George C. "Australia in the 1990s: Lucky or Broke?" Harvard Business School Case 796-160, April 1996. (Revised December 1998.)