Sophie Mirabella joins University as a Public Policy Fellow

April 14 / 132

University Public Policy Fellow, Sophie Mirabella
University Public Policy Fellow, Sophie Mirabella

Former Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella has joined the University as a Public Policy Fellow. 

She will contribute to public debates of national importance and help teach students.

Over more than a decade in Federal Parliament, Mrs Mirabella served as Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research and sat on various Parliamentary Committees (including Foreign Affairs, Defence & Trade and Electoral Matters).

Mrs Mirabella said she's excited to be re-joining the University, where she previously studied Law and Commerce. 

"I hope to be able to impart some real life experience about politics. 

"It's one thing looking at 'Politics 101’, it's another thing to look at how things actually operate," she said.

Mrs Mirabella will be involved in all aspects of public life at the University, including delivering lectures, holding seminars, contributing to workshops and assisting students.

Professor Adrian Little, the Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences, said securing Mrs Mirabella was a real coup.

"Sophie's experience in public policy and deep understanding of politics will be invaluable.

"We all look forward to her insights and contributions while at the University."

Mrs Mirabella is a former President of the Melbourne University Liberal Club and Vice-President of the Australian Liberal Students' Federation.

The University's only other dedicated Public Policy Fellow is Nicholas Reece, a former senior adviser in the Bracks/Brumby and Gillard governments.

Watch her discuss her new role here.

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