Stephen Loosley, AM

Visiting Fellow, United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney

Stephen Loosley, AM

Stephen Loosley, AM

    (Senator) 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.

    In addition, Stephen serves as a Corporate Councillor of the Asia Society (Australia) and on the Board of the Ethics Centre and the Territorial Advisory Board of the Salvation Army. He also serves on the Board of CoverMore Travel Insurance. Previously he served on the Advisory Boards of Veolia (Australia/NZ) and Crescent Capital and on the Board of the Australian-American Leadership Dialogue.

    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.

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

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

    Areas of expertise

    • Australia-US relations
    • US politics and elections
    • US foreign policy, defence and strategy