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Geoff Gallop


After an academic career in Australia and Britain, Geoff Gallop was a Member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly from 1986 to 2006. He was a Minister in the Lawrence Labor Government from 1990 to 1993, Leader of the Opposition from 1996 to 2001, and from 2001 to 2006 Premier of Western Australia. As Premier he initiated a wide-ranging programme of political, social, economic and environmental reform, built around his commitment to the sustainability principle.

After retiring from politics, he became Professor and Director of Sydney University’s Graduate School of Government, a position he held until 2015. There he taught public sector management and successfully bid for and delivered a range of public sector leadership programmes in Africa and South East Asia. He was also a regular participant in programmes run by the Australia and New Zealand School of Government.

He currently chairs the Education Committee of the New Democracy Foundation and is on the Board of Per Capita, a public policy think-tank.

Amongst other post-politics advisory positions, he was Deputy Chair of the COAG Reform Council (2007 to 2011), a Member of the National Health and Hospitals Commission (2008 to 2009) and Chair of the Australia Awards Board (2011 to 2013). From 2012 to 2015, he was Chair of the Australian Republican Movement. 

He’s a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Public Administration, Emeritus Professor at Sydney University and an Adjunct Professor at Curtin University’s John Curtin Institute of Public policy.

In 2008, he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia.

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