Mike Smith has been a journalist, media adviser and public affairs adviser across Australia and the world the past 35 years.
He was a journalist 10 years in Melbourne and London.
He was four years at the Old Bailey Criminal Court. He was in court for the release of the Guildford Four, who were wrongly jailed for 16 years.
He was a media adviser in the Victorian Kennett Government and Australian Howard Government. He was Director of Public Affairs with global PR firm Burson Marsteller.
Heading his own company, Mike’s media and public affairs clients included Geneva-based International Federation of Red Cross and Washington and London-based international law firm Amsterdam & Partners.
Over the past decade Mike has been an election opinion writer for the ABC and written for The Australian and Herald Sun.
He has been a guest speaker at the Walkley Foundation Annual Public Affairs Convention, the Australian Government Relations Summit at the National Press Club, and the Australian Defence Force Academy/Monash University Information Warfare conference, where he released data on Australia’s troop death rate in Afghanistan, one of the highest troop death rates of the Coalition partners at that time.
Mike has been in the Middle East three times, including Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, the West Bank, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
He lives in Canberra, Australia.
Mike is a Fitness Australia registered exercise professional, gym instructor, group exercise instructor, aqua instructor, AustSwim swim coach and endurance athlete. “Understanding the body and training it, on land and in water, teaches us much about life,” he said. “Training the body trains the mind.”
He also has a background in the performing arts, a singer. He won the Victorian Secondary School Vocal Solo Championship, was an opera singing student at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne and the Royal Academy of Music in London and has sung with opera companies in the UK, Middle East and Australia. In 2006 he featured in Victorian opera company Chamber Made’s world premier of new Australian opera The Hive (Vines/Sejavka) which won Green Room and Helpmann Awards for Best Opera and Best Direction.
In 2021, he was William McMahon in The Deadly Game of Marbles (Wilkins/Cameron), the first play ever performed in the House of Representatives chamber at Old Parliament House, Canberra, a re-enactment of Australia’s conscription of young men for the Vietnam War.
“No matter what I do, whether it’s singing and acting or health and fitness, it leads me back to Parliament House and public affairs,” said Mike.