Former Australian editor Clive Mathieson becomes Prime Minister’s chief of staff

Clive Mathieson, former editor of The Australian, has been appointed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s chief of staff.

Mathieson left The Australian in 2015 to join the NSW Premier’s office under then NSW Premier, Mike Baird, before moving onto the Prime Minister’s office in October last year as deputy chief as Staff.

Mathieson worked for News Corp in the UK and Australia before becoming a political staffer in 2015

The Prime Minister’s office confirmed that Mathieson has been appointed chief of staff, replacing Peter Woolcott who has been appointed the Australian Public Service Commissioner after a year as CoS.

A graduate of the University of South Australia, Mathieson first joined News Corp’s national broadsheet in July 2002 and was made editor of the newspaper in April 2011. Previously he spent three years with The Times in London.

Mathieson left The Australian after Paul Whittaker was appointed the paper’s editor-in-chief in the wake of Chris Mitchell’s resignation.

Mathieson will be Turnbull’s fourth chief of staff since becoming Prime Minister in September 2015. Previously Turnbull’s choices for the roles have been career public servants or diplomats.


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