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Michael Thawley born in 1950, was educated at Geelong Grammar School and then at the Australian National University. He joined the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1972 and 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, the Honourable John Howard MP.
From 2000 to 2005, Michael Thawley was Australian Ambassador to the United States or America. He is now Senior Vice President and International Advisor at Capital Strategy Research Inc. He is also a board member of the Lowy Institute for International Policy.
Thawley is married to Deborah Thawley and has 3 sons and 4 grandchildren.
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