Michael Cooney - National Director and CEO

Michael was appointed National Director and CEO of the Australian Republic Movement in May 2017, after serving as the Executive Director of the Chifley Research Centre for three years.

Before that Michael had been Speechwriter to Prime Minister the Hon Julia Gillard MP, the founding Policy Director at Per Capita and Principal Policy Adviser to Federal Labor Leaders Kim Beazley and Mark Latham. He is the author of The Gillard Project (Penguin, 2015).

Michael lives with his family in Canberra, where he was born and grew up.