The Honourable Stephen Smith

Former Minister for Defence and Minister for Foreign Affairs


Stephen Smith was the Federal Member for Perth for the Australian Labor Party from March 1993 until September 2013. In a distinguished career spanning 20 years in the Australian Federal Parliament, Mr Smith served as the Minster for Defence, and prior to that, as Minister for Foreign Affairs.

In opposition, Mr Smith held a range of Shadow Ministerial positions including Shadow Minister for Trade, Shadow Minister for Resources and Energy, Shadow Minister for Communications, Shadow Minister for Health, Shadow Minister for Immigration, Shadow Minister for Industry, Infrastructure and Industrial Relations and Shadow Minister for Education and Training.

Mr Smith is from Narrogin, in rural Western Australia and spent his early years in Narrogin and Southern Cross. He received his secondary school education at Christian Brothers High School Highgate in Perth.

Mr Smith completed his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws at The University of Western Australia and has practised as a Barrister and Solicitor in Perth. He then completed a Master of Laws at London University, and subsequently lectured and tutored in Law in London.

From 1983 to 1987 Mr Smith was Principal Private Secretary to the Attorney-General of Western Australia. From 1987 to 1990 he was the State Secretary of the Western Australian Branch of the Australian Labor Party.

During 1991 and 1992, Mr Smith was Special Adviser to the Prime Minister of Australia and Senior Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer of Australia, Paul Keating.

Mr Smith is also on the board of Hockey Australia and maintains an active interest in cricket, hockey and Australian rules football. He is a proud member and keen supporter of the Fremantle Dockers football club.