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Labor and national security

  • Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre 6/306 Albert Street Brunswick, VIC, 3056 Australia (map)

The John Curtin Research Centre is delighted to present a discussion on Labor and national security with keynote speaker Hon. Dr Mike Kelly AM, MP.

Mike Kelly is the Member for Eden-Monaro and the Shadow Assistant Minister for Defence Industry, and a former Minister for Defence Materiel.

Mike currently sits on the Shadow National Security Committee, he is a member of the bi-partisan Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, and he is the Co-Convener of the bi-partisan Parliamentary Friends of Suicide Prevention group.

Mike began his career fighting for the rights of injured workers and campaigning for those suffering from asbestos related diseases in Sydney. In 1987 he joined the Army and has extensive military experience including serving in a number of international operational deployments including Bosnia Herzegovina and Croatia, Somalia, East Timor and Iraq.

In Government he also worked on Afghanistan transition. Mike is a leading expert on peace and stabilisation operations, post conflict reconstruction and counter-insurgency. He has a PhD in related fields, published two books, numerous articles, and has been a regular speaker at
military training programs and conferences around the world. He is passionate about renewable energy, the need to act on Climate Change and a strong advocate for veterans and the interests of rural and regional Australia.

Mike lives in Queanbeyan with his wife Shelly.