Michael Baume, AO

Member of the Council of Advisors, United States Studies Centre

Michael Baume, AO

    Michael Baume, AO, is a member of the US Studies Centre Council of Advisors

    Baume is a former diplomat, front-bench federal politician, consultant, journalist, public company director, stockbroker, TV panellist and commentator, author and public speaker. He was Australia's Consul General in New York from 1996-2001, where he was awarded the US Foreign Policy Association's medal for his contribution to improving relations between the US and Australia, a member of the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal from 2002-3, a federal politician from 1975 to 1996, serving three terms as member for Macarthur in the House of Representatives where he was Parliamentary Secretary to Treasurer (and later Prime Minister) John Howard, before being elected to the Senate in 1984 where he occupied several shadow ministerial positions, until resigning to go to New York.

    He was made Officer of the Order of Australia in 1999 for his services to the parliament, the arts and finance journalism and is listed in Australia's Who's Who. He was a grade cricketer, Sydney University soccer Blue and skier.

    Although formally retired, he is a regular columnist in the Australian Financial Review (of which he was Investment Editor 40 years ago) and has been a consultant to various companies including Jackson Wells, Sikorsky Aircraft and C02 Group Ltd. He is a member of the Council of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, was formerly on the council of Musica Viva, has appeared as the Judge in Gilbert and Sullivan‘s Trial by Jury with the Canberra City Opera and was federal shadow Minister for The Arts and Sport for several years.

    Baume was a founding director of the United States Studies Centre and a former Deputy Chairman of the American Australian Association Ltd which operates a multi-million dollar post-graduate student exchange program between Australia and the US.