Peter Khalil

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Peter Khalil

Peter Khalil 2016 (cropped).jpg
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Wills
Assumed office
2 July 2016 (2016-07-02)
Preceded byKelvin Thomson
Personal details
Born (1973-03-23) 23 March 1973 (age 46)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Political partyAustralian Labor Party

Peter Khalil (born 23 March 1973) is an Australian politician and the Labor Member for Wills in the Australian House of Representatives.[1] Prior to entering parliament, Khalil worked as a consultant, the Victorian Multicultural Commissioner, the Director of Strategy at the Special Broadcasting Service, and a national security policy adviser to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

Early life and education[edit]

Khalil's parents migrated to Australia from Egypt in 1970 and his early life was spent growing up in an inner city Melbourne housing commission. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws in 1996 from the University of Melbourne and completed a Masters of International Law at the Australian National University in 2001.

Tennis career[edit]

Khalil was a professional tennis player and competed on the International Tennis Federation tour during 1995-98.[2]

Professional life[edit]

Khalil worked as a policy analyst in the Strategic Policy and Intelligence Group of the Department of Defence, the Director of National Security Policy of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, and an Assistant Director of the Iraq Task Force of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He then worked as National Security Adviser to Kevin Rudd as both Leader of the Opposition and Prime Minister in 2007 and as Senior Adviser to Minister for Defence Joel Fitzgibbon in 2008.[3][4]

Outside of the government service, Khalil has worked as a political risk and strategy consultant to government agencies and the corporate sector.

He was also a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Sydney Centre for International Security.[5]

After leaving the private sector, Khalil worked as the Executive Director for Corporate Affairs, Strategy and Communications for the Special Broadcasting Service and as the Victorian Multicultural Commissioner.

Political career[edit]

Khalil was preselected as the Australian Labor Party candidate for the federal Division of Wills at the 2016 federal election. He assumed office as the new member for seat on 2 July 2016 and succeeded the previous member, Kelvin Thomson.


Khalil was awarded the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal for his service in Iraq.


  1. ^ "Wills - Australia Votes". Election 2016. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
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Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Kelvin Thomson
Member for Wills