I’m a lobbyist / government relations consultant, running my own business. No, it’s not at all like you think.
My chief avocations are election campaigning and Labor Party reform. I live in Brisbane, Australia.
I’ve previously worked as
- Industrial officer and organiser for the union now known as United Voice
- State Secretary (~ State Director or Executive Officer or General Manager) of the Australian Labor Party in the Northern Territory
- Ministerial Policy Advisor
- Media Project Officer in the Public Service.
I’m addicted to election campaigns and not looking for a cure: I’m often involved in campaigns that start out as small, cheap and unlikely, and have recently been Campaign Manager for Federal and State seats.
My wife (Janet) and I moved from Darwin to Brisbane with our cat in 2000 – because Brisbane was the next-warmest capital city. Mitzi the cat sadly expired four days before Barack Obama was elected US President. I’m sure Tea Partiers can uncover the connection.
I first visited the US in 1996 (Young Political Leaders Exchange, a grateful guest of the US Government to observe the Clinton/Dole Presidential campaign). I have been back to The Art of Political Campaigning Seminar seven times (presenter and participant), and as a volunteer in the John Kerry (2004) and Barack Obama (2008 & 2012) campaigns.
My business blog is excerpted on my business website: www.ethicalconsulting.com