After tracking the career paths of former Howard Government staffers
Crikey has decided to do the same for ex Hawke and Keating staffers.
Here are more than 100 names so keep the corrections and additions
coming to smayne @crikey.com.au.
David Anderson: ex Bob
Brown chief of staff (not the tree hugger, the old bloke from Newcastle
who was Land and Transport Minister from 1988-93) – now lobbying on
behalf of trucking industry.
Dennis Atkins: worked for Nick Bolkus and the late Mick Young, went on to run the Goss media unit in Queensland, now political editor of The Courier Mail.
Carey Badcoe: former adviser to Michael Lee
(Communications and Arts Minister). Returned to the arts Department,
then left to launch the cable arts channel. Following an editorial role
at Next Media she manages sponsorship.
Peter Barron: worked as a journalist, then NSW
Premier Neville Wran, before joining Hawke’s staff as his senior
political adviser in 1983. Barron was the most influential adviser in
the Hawke government. He left in 1986 to work for Kerry Packer and now
works with Carnegie Wylie.
Simon Baulderstone: former environment adviser for Paul Keating, worked on the Sydney Olympics and recently popped up as a Peter Garrett minder.
Jonathon Benyei: former Andrew Theophanous staffer, now with Health in Canberra.
John Bowan: was Hawke’s foreign affairs adviser and
was later appointed Ambassador to Germany. He returned to head
Keating’s office during 1995, before Don Russell was recalled from the
Washington Embassy to take over, in the lead up to the 1996 election.
Although retired, he popped up on that list of former diplomats and
foreign policy gurus who have attacked Howard.
Bob Bowden: former Hawke and Michael Lee adviser and press sec, now runs his own PR/lobbying consultancy in Sydney.
Bill Bowtell: chief of staff to Neal Blewett, later
worked for Lionel Bowen, then policy adviser for Paul Keating. Now
running his own consultancy business in Sydney.
John Brumby: after losing the Federal seat of
Bendigo (1983-1990) he became chief of staff to industry minister Alan
Griffith and now Treasurer of Victoria.
Brian Burdekin: advisor to Deputy PP and Attorney
General Lionel Bowen, first Commissioner of the Human Rights and Equal
Opportunity Commission, seated on UN gravy train, Special Advisor on
National Institutions to the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Now
Visiting Professor at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute in Sweden and
International Advisor to the National Human Rights Commission of Sri
Wayne Burns: former John Dawkins media adviser, now
corproate communications at IAG under Sam Mostyn. He also worked for
ARM during referendum.
Tom Burton: former Chris Hurford and Michael Duffy staffer, now senior editor at The Sydney Morning Herald.
David Butt: Press Secretary to Blewett, later Senior Private Secretary, now CEO of the Little Company of Mary Hospitals nationwide.
Ashton Calvert: former foreign policy adviser to Keating, then Secretary of DFAT and now a professional directors on boards like Rio Tinto.
Barrie Cassidy: former press secretary for Bob Hawke for much of the 1980s, now back with the ABC hosting Insiders and Offsiders on a Sunday morning, plus doing radio punditry.
adviser to Brian Howe when Minister for Social Security, went on to
Energy Australia, Sydney Water, worked on NSW TAB privatisation, NSW
co-ordinator for the Australian Republican Movement for 1999
referendum, Independent Commission Against Corruption, now in housing,
urban development and local government.
Senior Consultant to Blewett. Later Secretary, Dept Premier &
Cabinet (Tasmania), then Deputy Secretary, Dept of Administrative
Services (Canberra). Now Managing Director, Oceana Consulting PL.
Peter Cochrane: former
Hawke/Keating govt ministerial adviser, now head of Parks Australia,
which means he’s Czar of Australia’s Commonwealth National Parks,
including Uluru, Kakadu, the Great Barrier Reef and Jervis Bay.
Regarded by some as the best job in the land.
Howard Conkey: former media adviser to Stewart West, now Communications Manager, federal Dept of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
Paul Conn: former adviser to Graham Richardson, now a senior official at Centrelink
ABC reporter who became media advisor to Carmen Lawrence when Minister
for Women, now in Tokyo with Mark Simkin, ABC’s man in Japan.
Trevor Cook: former adviser to John Dawkins and Simon Crean from 1987-91, now a blogging expert with lobbyists Jackson Wells Morris.
former senior adviser to Bill Hayden, was deputy CEO of the ASX, became
Kim Beazley’s chief of staff in Opposition, now a columnist with The Australian and chairman of ActewAGL.
David Cox: advised a variety of Labor ministers over 10 years, then served on Latham’s front-bench.
Michael Crawford: former Graham Richardson Senior Adviser (followed Janet) – a very happy father to twin boys and is now in Austrade.
Louise Cullen: from the Hawke press office to the staff of the late Senator Peter Cook.
Scott Davies: former Sylvia Smith staffer, then to PR for Pfizer Australia
Michael Deegan: Chief of staff to Frank Walker. Later Transport supremo in NSW. Now senior policy adviser to Steve Bracks in Victoria.
Michael Delaney: A Whitlam staffer who became John
Dawkins’ first chief of staff, later became a policy consultant, now
long-time head of the Motor Trades Association Australia.
Stephen Dellar: former John Dawkins staffer, now with Health in Canberra.
Anne De Salis: former Keating adviser, who took a senior post at AMP.
Graeme Domm: former Button adivsor was working for Fenton Communications and is now the head of school for RMIT Public Relations.
John Edwards: former economics adviser to Keating when PM, now chief economist at HSBC.
Craig Emerson: former senior adviser to Hawke, then a Federal MP and campaigner for tax reform.
Alan Evans: headed John Dawkins’ office when he was
Treasurer, then boss of pharmaceuticals industry association and now
President of the NRMA.
Geoff Evans: long-term adviser with Minister Jim McClelland, then with John Button, now quitely farming beeves near Cooma NSW.
David Epstein: former adviser to Gordon Bilney and John Dawkins, then ran ANIMALS and now at Government Relations Australia with Dawkins.
RichardFarmer: political journalist who became a Hawke adviser and now chairs listed gambling outfit Canbet.
Graham Freudenberg: Bob Hawke’s former speech writer is semi-retired but has written many speeches for Bob Carr in recent years.
Melanie Fisher: ex Bob Collins staffer, now 2IC at the Bureau of Resource Sciences.
Michael Fullilove: ex youth adviser to Keating, now Project Manager for Frank Lowy’s Lowy Foundation.
Brett Gale: former Richardson staffer and Gary Punch
advisor, worked with Knight at the Olympics and spent 2 years in US at
Harvard and Yale, now chief of staff to Sandra Nori NSW Minister for
Sport Rec and Tourism.
Ross Garnaut: former Economics Adviser to Hawke when
PM, went on to become Ambassador to Beijing, now a professor in the
Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at ANU, and chairman of
various companies, including Lihir Gold Ltd.
Linda Gordon: ex Bob Collins staffer, now drought policy specialist academic at the ANU.
Gervase Green: former press secretary to Attorney General Lionel Bowen, now chief spinner at the ASX.
Jim Groves: former Peter Baldwin chief of staff, now National Rural Health Alliance, plus private consulting.
former foreign policy adviser to Keating, worked for citizen Keating
post-1996, now heads the Lowy Institute for International Policy.
Emma Handyside: ex Wooldridge and Patterson health adviser now working for the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne.
Robin Harris: former John Dawkins spinner, now with
lobbying outfit Government Relations Australia with his old boss and
has recently been advising Betfair.
Dr Kate Harrison: former adviser to Attorney General Michael Lavarch, now partner in Sydney law firm Gilbert + Tobin.
Andre Haermeyer: worked for Robert Ray, Peter
Cleeland and Ralph Willis between 1984-89, then was a rather
unsuccessful Victorian Police Minister.
Allan Hawke: was Deputy Secretary in the Defence
Department before heading up Keating’s office from 1993-95, then went
on to PMC and later to head the departments of Veterans, Transport and
Defence, under Howard.
Grant Hehir: former adviser to Stewart West 1986-89, now Deputy Secretary of Victoria’s Premier’s Department.
Ken Henry: former Keating adviser, now secretary of the Treasury under Costello.
Fiona Hitchen: former Gareth Evans, ALP National Secretariart,
Bob Collins and Con Sciacca staffer – went to A-G’s early in 1997 and
did Public Affairs and National Security for a long time – now at
Federal Health in Public Affairs.
Bob Hogg: Hawke’s first senior adviser, went on to become ALP national secretary and is now an AFR columnist and issues management consultant who works with John Singleton and is partnered to Maxine McKew.
Greg Holland: former adviser to Susan Ryan and ex
Burson-Marstellar, now lobbyist-consultant for Enhance and lost for
Labor in Hughes against the laughable Danna Vale.
Sandy Hollway: former Hawke chief of staff, since
head of the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and now
Adjunct Professor at UTS and head of the ACT Bushfire Recovery
Taskforce and director of numerous companies including TFG
Linda Hornsey: former media adviser to the Minister
for Social Security, Don Grimes. Headed media for Field Government in
Tasmania, then Chief of staff to Tassie opposition leader in March
1997, now head of Tasmanian Premiers Department.
Lisa Hunt: former adviser to Nick Bolkus
(Immigration Minister) joined Carl Scully as Chief of Staff and is now
General Manager NSW for Transurban.
Jim Hyde: former adviser to Peter Duncan 1988-90, now surgeon and spokesperson for AMA, Victoria.
Morris Iemma: former Graham Richardson adviser, now NSW Premier.
Liz Jakubowski: former Nick Bolkus and Morris staffer, then onto ABC corporate, now head of PR at NSW Health Department.
“Johnno” Johnson: former Beazley staffer, now a
Canberra lobbyist, sharing offices with Steve Carney and former Warwick
Parer staffer Penny Fischer, whose mother is Pru Goward.
Kevin Keefe: former senior adviser to Robert Tickner
Keating’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Min, now in a
senior position in the Department of Environment and Heritage, where he
looked after World Heritage for a number of years. Wrote the recent
biography, published last year, of Patrick Dodson.
Chris Keely: former adviser to Duncan Kerr (Justice
Minister), Michael Lee (Communications and Arts Minister), headed the
Video Industry Association before joining Hollywood studios cable
channel vehicle Movie Network as heading Legal and Business (Warner
Bros., Disney and MGM) then General Manager of the Movie Network. Then
appointed as General Manager Optus TV. Chair of Main Event TV the adult
content and PPV vehicle for Foxtel, Optus and Austar.
Hugo Kelly: former press secretary for Brian Howe, then with Crikey for six years before recent sacking.
Adam Kilgour: former Nick Bolkus staffer, now runs the Labor-friendly lobbying outfit CPR.
Jack Lake: former Bob Collins staffer, now loyal and
long serving opposition staffer for a string of agriculture and
transport shadow ministers.
Simon Lake: former adviser to Duncan Kerr (Justice
Minister), joined Australian Writers Guild before heading the copyright
collecting agency, Screenrights.
Heather Le Nevez: former Graham Richardson adviser, still with Family and Community Services.
Geoff Leach: former John Button staffer and DFAT impressario, now heading boutique Government Affairs companie AusAccess.
Paul Levins: ex Peter Baldwin, now wish NSW Health Minister Craig Knowles.
Victoria Lewis: former adviser to John Fahey and
Bruce Scott, now working in Ministerial Liaison Unit for the NSW Rural
Fire Service (part of the NSW Department of Emergency Services).
John Mackay: former senior adviser to Stewart West 1989-90, now CEO, ACT Electricity and Water.
Michelle Macaulay: former Richardson staffer, now works at Health in Canberra.
Michael Magazanik: former press secretary to Duncan Kerr when he was Justice Minister, then covered politics for The Age and The Australian and is now with Slater & Gordon.
Michael Mangos: former Hawke/Ray staffer spent some time with Victorian ministers now at Tattersalls as Manager Corporate Affairs.
Sam Mostyn: former adviser to Bob Collins
(Communications Minister), Michael Lee (Communications and Arts
Minister) and PM Keating as Comms adviser. Joined Optus Vision as
Regulatory Director, migrated to Optus Communications similar role as
the two Optus companies became one. Following a stint as HR Director at
Cable and Wireless and then Optus, Mostyn joined IAG as Director
Ashley Mason: worked in Laurie Brereton’s office, now doing corporate affairs with Leightons.
Allen Mawer: former long-time John Dawkins staffer,
now an author, including the internationally acclaimed (including by
the NY Times) history of whaling called Ahab’s Trade.
Sharon McCrohan: former Laurie Brereton staffer, now media director for Steve Bracks.
Tony Melville: media adviser 1994-96 with Greg
Turnbull, then to DFAT, the Australian embassy in Manila and now with
the Australian Industry Group.
Bruce Meagher: former Graham Richardson spinnner, went of Optus, then Austar, now in consultancy work.
John Mickel: former adviser to Hawke/Keating Small Business Minister David Beddall, now Qld State Minister for Environment and MP for Logan.
Janet Millar: former Peter Morris staffer, now PR at the ACCC.
Stephen Mills: former Hawke speechwriter, who went to corporate relations at the ASX.
Tom Mockeridge: former Keating press secretary and
adviser, then head of Foxtel, News Corp’s New Zealand business and now
head of Sky Italia (Rupert’s Italian Pay-TV venture).
Anne Morant: former adviser to Simon Crean, now in the Department of Finance.
Craddock Morton: ex Hawke/Keating adviser but recently appointed by the Coalition to the job as Director of the National Museum.
Bill Nagle: former adviser to John Button, Bob
Collins and Michael Lee before going on to head a number of big
industry associations. He is currently the CEO of Energy Networks
Association and is a regular speaker on industry and regulatory
Tony Nagy: former media adviser to John Dawkins, now in Corporate Affairs for Banque Paribas.
Grant Nihill: former press secretary to Hawke, then speech writer for former Telstra CEO Ziggy Switkowski.
Cassy O’Connor: spent two years as Media Adviser to
Justice Minister Duncan Kerr from 1993-95. Returned to Tasmania and
hired as chief of staff at Southern Cross Statewide News. Now a mother
of four, part-time employee of DK and community spokesperson for Save
Ralphs Bay Inc.
Shane O’Connor: former ABC foreign correspondent,
then Press Secretary to Defence Minister Gordon Bilney in the first
Hawke Government. Spent years until retirement in 2002 sub-editing at
ABC radio Queensland.
Ray O’Halloran: former chief of staff to Brian Howe,
went to the Victorian Government Department of Sustainability and
Environment as a legislation advisor.
Gary O’Neill: former senior adviser to Kim Beazley has been heading media and government relations at Crown Casino for a decade.
Mark O’Neill: Handled Environment for Paul Keating and before that, Ros Kelly, now Executive Director of the Australian Coal Association.
Cameron O’Reilly: former Laurie Brereton press secretary, who went to Spotless and then Labor-friendly lobbyists CPR.
Simon Overland: former Law Enforcement adviser to
Justice Minister Duncan Kerr in 1994-96, then AFP Assistant
Commissioner and now solving most of the gangland murders for the
Annastacia Palaszczuk: former adviser to Keating Resources Minister David Beddall, now senior policy advisor to Qld State Minister Warren Pitt.
Peter Phillips: from John Dawkins, to Endeavour Consulting.
Peter Reeves: former adviser to Minister David Simmons, now working at Charles Sturt University.
Debra Richards: former adviser to Michael Lee
(Communications and Arts Minister). Rejoined Australian Broadcasting
Authority before being appointed as CEO of ASTRA, Pay TV Industry
David Richardson: former Brian Howe staffer, now in the Parliamentary Library.
Dennis Richardson: was Hawke’s chief of
staff/principal adviser from 1990-91. He had a public service
background, serving in PM&C and elsewhere, then headed ASIO for 10
years and now Washington Ambassador.
Les Roberts: former Simon Crean and Bob Collins staffer and recently acting head of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority.
Sebastian Roberts: adviser to Simon Crean, now General Manager Regulatory Affairs – Electricity, ACCC.
Greg Rudd: older brother of Kevin and former senior
adviser to Con Sciacca 1990-1996 (Parl Sec and Minister), now running
his Brisbane-based Open Door Consulting.
Don Russell: Keating’s senior adviser became
Ambassador in Washington, then joined funds management outfit Sandford
C Bernstein in New York before returing to Sydney with WestAM.
Mark Ryan: former senior adviser to Paul Keating’, has been a political fixer with Westfield for almost a decade.
Michael Samaras: adviser to Admin Services Minister
Stewart West, then Enviroment adviser to Carr government, now media
consultant, Botanic Gardens board member, SMH book reviewer and
unsuccessful Left candidate for ALP National President last year.
Charles Savage: former John Kerin and Alan Griffiths
staffer, then ACCC speech writer, bread maker extraordinaire at Silo
Bakery, now budding novelist.
Stephen Sedgwick: was an adviser during either
Hawke’s or Keating term, he had since been Secretary of the Department
of Finance for five years, as Secretary of DETYA, had periods with
Treasury, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the
Office of the Prime Minister as Senior Economic Adviser. He was also
appointed Chairperson of the Industry Commission in mid-1991, was a
member of the Government’s Management Advisory Board for five years
from 1992 and a member of the Board of Centrelink from its inception in
1997 until 1999.
Brendan Sheehan: formerly Bob McMullan’s chief of
staff and adviser to John Dawkins, now chief of staff for Lynne Kosky,
Victoria’s Minister for Education.
David Shires: former Gareth Evans staffer, went to Telstra and unfortunately passed away in 2003.
Ric Simes: was ex-Treasury and worked for Keating as
economic adviser when he was Treasurer and then Prime Minister. He went
to Rothschild as chief economist and is now with the Network Economics
Consulting Group in Sydney, and was recently appointed to the NSW
Government Metropolitan Strategy Reference Panel, set up by Minister
Daryl Smeaton: former senior adviser to Michael
Tait, now heading the Federal Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation
Foundation and sometime spokesperson for parents of children in
Stephen Smith: former Keating adviser, now Labor rooster.
Jon Stanhope: former Family Law adviser to Attorney General Michael Lavarch, now Chief Minister of ACT.
Leanne Stove: former adviser to Stewart West 1987-90, now manager at Media Monitors.
Harold Thornton: former adviser to Stewart West 1988-90, now Research Manager, Queensland Office of Fair Trading.
David Tierney: former staffer to Graham Richardson, now Development Manager at the colourful Multiplex.
Kathleen Townsend: former Human Rights adviser to
Attorney General Michael Lavarch from 1993 – 94. Went on to head the
Office of the Status of Women for around two years before establishing
a successful executive career recruitment agency in Melbourne.
Greg Turnbull: Paul Keating’s last press secretary who stayed on with Kim Beazley, but then returned to journalism with Channel Ten in 2002.
Cathy Walker: Policy adviser to Don Grimes, then to Neal Blewett, now with Foreign Affairs (AusAid) in the Solomon Islands.
Geoff Walsh: former senior adviser to PM Keating and
PM Hawke, then Consul in Hong Kong, ALP national secretary and now
lobbying for spinning outfit Gavin Anderson.
Kerry-Anne Walsh: press secretary to the only
left-winger in the first Hawke cabinet, Immigration Minister Stewart
West. Now federal political correspondent for Fairfax’s Sydney Sunday, The Sun-Herald.
Mark Warberton: Ex Peter Baldwin, now with Dept of Family and Community Services.
Barbara Ward: was Keating’s closest adviser between
1979-85. Ward went on to work for TNT and Ansett, and sits on a host of
boards such as NorthPower, The Commonwealth Bank, Country Energy, Lion
Nathan, Multiplex, The Opera House and the Australia Day Council.
Patti Warn: Whitlam staffer, then Policy adviser to Don Grimes, to Neal Blewett, to Graham Richardson, now retired.
Don Watson: the last speechwriter to the PM has been busy writing books on his former boss and language.
Dick Wells: former ministerial staffer, for John
Kerin, went on to head the Minerals Council and is now executive
director of the Food and Grocery Council. Interestingly, when Dick was
Minerals, Food and Grocery was run by Mitch Hooke, who took over Dick’s
old job at Minerals.
Shane Wells: former adviser to Con Sciacca when Veterans Affairs Minister 1993-1996, has been ABC Corporate Media Manager for some years now.
Steve Whan: sports adviser to Ros Kelly during the 1993 White Board incident, now State Member for Monaro in the NSW Parliament.
Bob Whiddon: former adviser to Foreign Minister Bill Hayden, now Premier Peter Beattie’s chief-of-staff.
Hugh White: senior Defence adviser to Kim Beazley
and Bob Hawke, then Deputy Secretary for Strategy in Defence from 1995
to 2000. Appointed first Director of the Australian Strategic Policy
Janet Willis: former Graham Richarson Senior Adviser
– now lives very down the South Coast and is speechwriter for Patterson
and Anthony (as well as previous FaCS Ministers).
Send all your contributions to smayne @crikey.com.au as this
will prove to be a very interesting list as well and we reckon the
final number will be more than 200. Meanwhile, check out the
ever-expanding list of former Howard Government staffers which now
numbers more than 200 here.