BA Hons Melb, MPA Harv
Room 509, Law School Building (F10)
The University of Sydney
Phone: +61 2 9351 8662
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 completing a PhD through the department of Government and International Relations, with research on campaign professionals in Australian political parties. 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.
He is the former chair of the Australian Business Foundation and continues to serve on that board and on the board of ShareGift Australia. More information on publications and a detailed CV is available on www.stephen-mills.com.au.
(with Rod Tiffen) ‘Opinion Polls and the Media in Australia’ in Holtz-Bacha, Christina and Jesper Stromback (eds), Opinion Polls and the Media: Reflecting and Shaping Public Opinion (Palgrave MacMillan).
‘The party official as political marketer: the Australian experience’, in Lees-Marshment, Jennifer (ed), Routledge Handbook of Political Marketing (Routledge).
‘Campaigns and Campaign Funding’, in Contemporary Politics in Australia: Theories, Practices and Issues, eds Smith, Vromen and Cook (Cambridge University Press).
‘Contrasting Paths: Political Careers of Labor and Liberal State Party Officials’, Paper presented to Australian Political Studies Association Conference, University of Melbourne, September 2010
‘The Anomalies: the Origins, Functions and Framework of Ministerial Staff’, background paper prepared for Ministerial Offices Induction Program, Graduate School of Government, Sydney University, May 2007
‘The Australian Republic: The Failure of the Minimalist Model and the Next Steps Forward’ Australian Journal of Public Administration, Vol 61 (2) June 2002
‘Polling, Politics and the Press 1941-1996’, in Curthoys, Ann and Shultz, Julianne eds, Journalism - Print, Politics and Popular Culture, UQP, 1999
‘The Making of a Prime Minister’s Speeches’ in Disney, Julian and Nethercote, JR, The House on Capitol Hill – Parliament, Politics and Power in the National Capital, Federation Press, 1996
Asian Business Insight, Financial Review Library, 1994 – survey of economic business and political conditions in South and North East Asia for business and government.
The Hawke Years (Viking Penguin, 1993)
‘The Media: Symbiotic Role’ in Where do Governments Get their Advice? Proceedings of RIPAA (ACT Division) Seminar, Canberra Bulletin of Public Administration, 75, December 1993, ed Nethercote, JR.
Campaign Managers – The 1988 NSW Election Campaign - by the people who ran it (AGSM Sydney, 1989) – conference of electoral strategists from 1988 NSW State Elections (Co-editor); also published as vol 13, issue 1, Australian Journal of Management
The New Machine Men (Penguin, 1986)
(with Helen O’Neil) Political Advertising in Australia – a Dynamic Force meets a Resilient Object in Kaid, Lynda Lee, Dan Nimmo and Keith R Sanders (eds), New Perspectives on Political Advertising, Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press