Michael Thawley

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Michael Thawley
AO
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Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 December 2014
Ambassador of Australia to the United States
In office
February 2000 – May 2005
Preceded by Andrew Peacock
Succeeded by Dennis Richardson
Personal details
Born Michael Joseph Thawley
1950 (age 64–65)
Nationality Australian
Alma mater Australian National University
Occupation Public servant, Diplomat

Michael Joseph Thawley AO (born 1950) is senior Australian public servant. He is currently Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Life and career[edit]

Thawley was educated at Geelong Grammar School and then at the Australian National University. He joined the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1972.[1] There he held various posts including Head of the Papua New Guinea and New Zealand bureaus; Head of Current Intelligence at the Office of National Assessments; Minister at the Australian Embassy, Tokyo; Head of the International Division of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and International Advisor to the Prime Minister, John Howard.

From 2000 to 2005, Michael Thawley was Australian Ambassador to the United States or America.[2] He was a Senior Vice President and International Advisor at Capital Strategy Research Inc.[3] He was also a board member of the Lowy Institute for International Policy.[4]

In October 2014, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced Thawley had been appointed Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, commencing 1 December 2014.[5][6][7]

Thawley is married to Deborah Thawley and has 3 sons and 4 grandchildren.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MEDIA RELEASE". Australian Foreign Minister. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Michael Thawley on Australia's relationship with the US". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Michael Thawley, AO". United States Study Centre, University of Sydney. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Mr Michael Thawley AO". Lowy Institute for International Policy. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Thomson, Phillip (30 October 2014). "Michael Thawley appointed new PM&C secretary as Ian Watt resigns". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Archived from the original on 31 October 2014. 
  6. ^ Shanahan, Dennis (31 October 2014). "Washington DC to PM&C: Tony Abbott's new capital guy Michael Thawley". The Australian (News Ltd). 
  7. ^ Kenny, Mark; Thomson, Phillip (30 October 2014). "Michael Thawley take over sends shudders through public service". The Age (Fairfax Media). Archived from the original on 31 October 2014. 
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Andrew Peacock
Australian Ambassador to the United States
2000–2005
Succeeded by
Dennis Richardson
Government offices
Preceded by
Ian Watt
Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
2014 –
Incumbent