Paul McCarthy was recently appointed the chief executive officer of the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation, a free-market think tank based in Perth, Western Australia. Paul has long been an advocate of small government and economic liberty both through Mannkal and the currently-governing Liberal Party of Australia. Paul received his BA and MA in economics and finance from the University of Western Australia. During his studies Paul was the President of the UWA Liberal Club, running a successful campaign for seats on the Student Guild Council on a platform opposing a compulsory Student Guild Fee. Paul has forged a career in the energy industry in Perth and London, primarily within the power, gas and LNG sectors, and most recently was principal policy advisor to the Treasurer and Minister for Energy in Western Australia, Hon Dr. Mike Nahan.