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New Executive Director Announced

The Chifley Research Centre, the official think tank of the Australian Labor Party, today announced the appointment of Brett Gale as its new Executive Director.

The Chifley Research Centre (CRC) is Australia’s leading progressive research institution.

Established in 1996, the CRC is an independent research centre, or ‘think‐tank’, with a close relationship to the Australian Labor Party, the union movement and the broader progressive community.

Chair of the CRC, Linda White, said she was delighted that Brett had accepted the offer to lead the work of the Chifley Research Centre. “Brett brings to the position of Executive Director a wealth of experience in government, policy and in the corporate sector. The development of strong policy is what makes good government and so we at the Chifley Research Centre look forward to continuing and expanding our work in this area under Brett’s leadership”.

Brett comes with strong experience across the corporate, government and university sectors. He is currently Group Head of Government Affairs and Communication Strategy at Westpac. He has served as a Chief of Staff to NSW and Federal Labor Ministers including Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen. He has also held other staffing roles including Media Adviser to the NSW Minister for the Olympics during the 2000 Olympic Games.

He has strong academic credentials for the role, having received a Littauer Award for academic achievement and class leadership while studying for his Master of Public Administration at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and having worked at Yale University’s Office of International Affairs. He has a Bachelor of Economics from The University of Sydney.

Brett also brings significant corporate affairs experience to the role which he said he was looking forward to put to work to strengthen the work of the CRC.

“I am delighted to accept the role of Executive Director of the CRC and I look forward to working with the Board and Federal Labor on innovative public policies”, Mr Gale said.

“I have been fortunate enough to see public policy making and influence from a variety of perspectives, and I look forward to helping the Chifley Research Centre develop a strong platform of progressive ideas that benefit the broader Australian community.”

Brett will commence his work at the Chifley Research Centre in late January 2018.

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