Revolving Doors

Stephen Loosley

Stephen Loosley

Labor | Military | Revolving Doors

Stephen Loosley was a NSW ALP Senator from 1990 to 1995. From November 2012 to September 2016 he was Chair of the Woomera Prohibited Area Advisory Board, a role required to be independent, yet he concurrently sat on the Thales Australia advisory board. He is now a director of Thales Australia. Thales is one of the world’s top 10 weapons-makers.

Current Positions


Director, Thales Australia (13.12.19–present)*

* ASIC record (accessed 7.11.20)


Visiting Fellow, United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney (2017-present)

Senior Fellow, Australian Strategic Policy Institute (2016-present)

Director, O’Connell Street Associates (4.4.16-present)*

Advisory Council, Asia Society Australia (2012-present)

* ASIC record (accessed 29.4.20)

Previous Positions


Member, Thales Advisory Board (2010-2019), including Chair (2015-2019)

Director, Thales Australia Ltd, and various subsidiaries (17.3.08–28.6.10)*

Director, Australian Defence Industries (ADI) Pty Ltd, and various subsidiaries (17.3.08–28.6.10)*

Political and public administrative positions

Chair, Woomera Prohibited Area Advisory Board (12.4.16–30.9.16 and 9.11.12–30.10.15)^

Chair, Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (May 1993-May 1995)

Senator for New South Wales (1.7.90–21.5.95)


Director, Asia Society Australasia Centre (5.3.12–16.3.16)*

Director, The Ethics Centre Limited, (2.12.10–7.2.17)*

Strategic counsel, Minter Ellison Lawyers (2009-2015)

Chair, Australian Strategic Policy Institute (2008-2016)

Director, European-Australian Business Council Ltd (17.4.08–6.2.14)*

Strategic adviser, Babcock & Brown Ltd (investment firm) (2006-2009)

Director, Australian Strategic Policy Institute (22.8.01–31.12.07)*

Director, Australian American Education Leadership Foundation Limited (1.1.99–18.10.11)*

Partner, Dunhill Madden Butler (law firm) (1996-2006)

Director, international and trade law division, Dunhill Madden Butler (1995–1996)

Before politics

ALP General Secretary (NSW) 1983-1990

Newspaper and magazine columnist

* From ASIC record
^ From Austender contract notices

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Michelle has had a long career in writing and research, initially in the financial services sector producing plain language investor communications. For the last 10 years, she has been involved in research and campaigning for various organisations seeking to reduce warfare and militarism.

An abiding interest has been the prevention of corruption via increased transparency and accountability. She is currently researching the links between current and former politicians, public servants and military personnel, and weapons-making corporations.

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