Kate Lundy was an ACT Senator for 19 years. In 2012-13, during the Gillard government, she was Sports Minister and held assistant ministerial posts in innovation and technology. Immediately upon leaving politics Lundy took up directorships with a sport technologies network and the NRMA, and was soon appointed to the federal government’s Cyber Security Research Centre board. In addition, from 2016-2018 Lundy was employed by the ACT Government as Defence Industry Advocate. While in this role she became a director of Electro Optic Systems, a Canberra-based weapons systems manufacturer, which exports its products to Saudi Arabia and the UAE (both countries are accused of war crimes in Yemen).
Director, Electro Optic Systems (23.3.18–present)*
Canberra manufacturer of weapons systems. The company also produces naval radar systems and operates in the space sector.
Director, Technology Innovation Partners (29.10.14–present)*
Lundy’s consulting company
* ASIC record (accessed 6.7.20)
ACT Government roles
Defence Industry Ambassador and member of ACT Government Defence Industry Advisory Board (term: 1.1.19–31.3.21)^
Previously, 1.1.18–31.12.18, the ACT Defence Industry Advocate and ex officio member of the ACT’s new Defence Industry Advisory Board; while employed in this role Lundy also became a director of EOS. From 1.2.16–31.12.17, ACT Government Local Industry Advocate. In September 2016, the role of Defence Industry Advocate was added to her remit, “within the parameters of the existing contract arrangements.”^
Deputy Chair, Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) board (3 year appointment; 1.4.20–present)#
Board member (honorary), Australian Grand Prix Corporation (June 2016–present; re-appointed June 2019 for 3-year term)#
Member, Space Industry Leaders Forum (two year appointment, commenced 30.9.19–present)#
The Forum is the primary mechanism for engagement and coordination between government and the space industry within Australia
^ Details confirmed by ACT Government
# Dates confirmed by the organisation
* ASIC record (accessed 6.7.20)
Chair, National Youth Science Forum (appointed to board as co-deputy chair, August 2017; appointed Chair, 1.2.20–present*)
Registered charity offering programs for students interested in careers in science. Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest weapons-maker, has been the NYSF’s major partner since 2015. Students visit Lockheed Martin’s labs during NYSF programs.
* Date confirmed NYSF
Director, Australian Sports Technologies Network (1.12.14–11.7.18)*
*ASIC record (accessed 6.7.20) indicates Lundy joined this board several months prior to leaving the Senate
Senator for the ACT (ALP) (2.3.96–24.3.15)
Ministerial positions (Gillard/Rudd government)
- Minister for Sport (5.3.12–1.7.13)
- Minister for Multicultural Affairs (5.3.12–18.9.13), Parliamentary Secretary, Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (16.2.11–5.3.12) covering settlement services for migrants and refugees
From 2010-2013 other posts included Minister Assisting for Industry and Innovation, Minister Assisting for the Digital Economy, and Parliamentary Secretary to the PM.
From 1998-2007, shadow ministerial portfolios included Local Government, Manufacturing and Consumer Affairs, Information Technology, and Sport.
Full record of positions, including committees.
Lundy’s voting record.
February 2019: WA Defence Review interviews Kate Lundy, as ACT Defence Industry Advocate (10 mins): “As a defence industry advocate I see myself as a connector knowing the right people, the right organisations that your business needs to talk to and communicate with.”
28.2.20: “EOS PROFITS LEAP 194% AS DEFENCE EXPORTS SOAR… In many cases the company is benefiting from sale overseas of technology products that were previously restricted from export by federal government controls. Canberra’s policy of building defence exports is allowing the export of space technologies and offensive weapons systems previously banned.”
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