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Stephen Mills


Stephen Mills is a former political journalist, ministerial staffer and corporate affairs specialist. He was a journalist and editor in the Fairfax newspaper group in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney for ten years. He served as speechwriter to Prime Minister RJL Hawke from 1986 to 1991. He has more than 10 years experience in managing external relationships for leading financial services companies including ASX, Citigroup and Bankers Trust. He has lectured in Public Sector Leadership at the Graduate School of Government since 2008, and is a regular presenter in the GSG’s executive education courses. He has also lectured graduate courses in the Department of Government and International Relations in including Leadership in Theory and Practice, Issues Management, and Governance and Civil Society. Stephen is the author of “The Professionals: Strategy, Money and the Rise of the Political Campaigner in Australia” (2013) and “The New Machine Men” (1986), which describe the professionalisation of election campaigning in Australia. His research interests cover all aspects of campaign management and opinion research. He won a Harkness Fellowship from the Commonwealth Fund of New York in 1983 to travel and study in the United States during the 1984 Presidential election season.