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Michael L'Estrange

Co-Author of 2017 Independent Intelligence Review

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Former Secretary of Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade


Michael L'Estrange was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University (1976-79) and later joined the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in 1981.

From 1989 to 1994, he worked for several Leaders of the Opposition in a range of policy advisory positions and was appointed the inaugural Executive Director of the Menzies Research Centre in 1995. Michael served as Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Cabinet Policy Unit (1996-2000), Australia's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom(2000-05) and Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (2005-09).

He was the inaugural Head of the National Security College at the Australian National University from 2009-14.

Michael is currently a member of the Boards of Qantas and Rio Tinto.