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Stephen Loosley AM

Senior Fellow

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Mr Loosley was for many years an ASPI Council member and most recently served as Chairman from 2009-2016.  He is currently a Senior Fellow at ASPI where he is the Book Review Editor and provides commentary for  The Strategist.

He is Chair of the Woomera Prohibited Area Advisory Board and also Chairman of the Advisory Board of Thales (Australia).

Mr Loosley was the General Secretary of the NSW branch of the Australian Labor Party (1983–90), prior to being elected to the Australian Senate in 1990, where, during his term, he served as Chairman of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs. He also served a term as ALP National President (1991–92). 

Mr Loosley served as Chairman of the Community Consultation Team for the 2009 Defence White Paper. On Australia Day 2015 Mr Loosley was awarded an AM for services to Parliament and public policy.

In addition, Mr Loosley is on the Board of the Ethics Centre and the Territorial Advisory Board of the Salvation Army. He also serves on the Board of CoverMore Travel Insurance.

Mr Loosley holds First Class Honours degrees in Politics (UNSW, 1976) and Law (UTS, 1997).

He has contributed chapters to the books Australian-American Relations: Looking Toward the Next Century by William T Tow (South Yarra: McMillan Education—1998) and The Wran Era by Troy Bramston (The Federation Press—2005). Mr Loosley’s first book, Machine Rules, was published by MUP in August 2015.

He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London), a Fellow of the Centre for International Legal Studies (Salzburg) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (Sydney).