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Stephen Loosley AM

Senior Fellow

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Stephen Loosley served in the Australian Parliament during the Hawke and Keating Governments (1990-1995), where he chaired both the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade and the Senate Regulations Committee.

Prior to his Senate service, Stephen was the General Secretary of the NSW Branch of the Australian Labor Party (1983–90). He also served a term as ALP National President (1991–92).

Stephen Loosley is now the Chair of the Advisory Board of Thales (Australia). He has served as Chair of the Woomera Prohibited Area Advisory Board and is a Director of O’Connell Street Associates. Stephen is the immediate past chair of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, where he is now a Senior Fellow. Also, in 2017, Stephen accepted an invitation to join The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney as a Visiting Fellow.

In addition, Stephen serves as a Corporate Councillor of the Asia Society (Australia) and on the Board of the European Australian Business Council (EABC). He has also served on the Board of CoverMore Travel Insurance (2013-2016), the Advisory Boards of Veolia (Australia/NZ) and Crescent Capital and on the Board of the Australian-American Leadership Dialogue, along with the Ethics Centre.

Stephen holds First Class Honours degrees in Politics (UNSW, 1976) and Law (UTS, 1997). His first book, Machine Rules, was published by Melbourne University Press in August 2015. He was recently appointed as a Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW.

Stephen is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London) and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (Sydney). He is a commentator on US politics and writes for The Australian and The Spectator (Australia) and is the Book and Film Editor for The Strategist, Canberra.

On Australia Day 2015, Stephen was awarded an AM for services to the Parliament and to public policy.

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