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Hon Senior Lecturer, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Sydney

Stephen Mills is the author of "The Professionals: Strategy, Money and the Rise of the Political Campaigner in Australia" (Black Inc., 2014), The Hawke Years (1996) and The New Machine Men (1986). He served as speechwriter to Prime Minister R J L Hawke (1986-1991), worked as a journalist and editor with Fairfax newspapers The Age, the Australian Financial Review and the Sydney Morning Herald, and spent ten years as a public affairs adviser in the financial service sector.


  • 2007–2010
    Chairman, Australian Business Foundation
  • 2001–2006
    Manager, Corporate Relations, ASX Ltd
  • 1991–1995
    Journalist, Aust Financial Review, Sydney Morning Herald
  • 1986–1991
    Adviser/ Senior Adviser (Speechwriter), Office of Prime Minister Hon R J L Hawke
  • 1976–1983
    Journalist, The Age newspaper


  • 2013 
    University of Sydney, PhD
  • 1985 
    Harvard University, Master of Public Administration
  • 1975 
    University of Melbourne, BA (hons).