The funeral service for Mick Millett, a former senior member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery and ABC, a friend and colleague to many National Press Club members, will be held in Sydney next Tuesday.
Mick died on Saturday aged 60 after a long illness. He was a contemporary to many still in the press gallery today.
Mick reached the peaks in a journalistic career which included 20 years with the Sydney Morning Herald. He served as a political correspondent, Canberra bureau chief, North Asia correspondent based in Tokyo, senior writer and news editor.
After two years as deputy editor at the SMH he took the familiar route of poacher-turned-gamekeeper and joined the ABC executive team as Director of Communications in 2009. His strategic touch has been commented on by many and the proof is his survival through three ABC Managing Directors.
Former ABC Managing Director Mark Scott summed it up well in a tweet: Mick Millett – the great newspaper reporter and foreign correspondent who became a tireless champion for the ABC and the right-to-know. Straight talking, unpretentious, always wise and insightful – he fought for the important things. Gone too soon. Vale
The Club worked very closely and most recently with Mick in his ABC role including during the tortuous negotiations of election debates, our long-standing and much valued ABC sponsorship and through to the historic bringing together of media CEOs to support press freedoms.
Our thoughts are with his wife Debra and family. He will be missed.
His Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday 17 September at 11 AM at Magnolia Chapel, Macquarie Park Crematorium, Corner of Delhi Road and Plassey Road Sydney.
Mick’s family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made to The Oncology Department of the Macquarie University Private Hospital mqhealth.org.au/donate
Vale Mick Millet,
The Board and Management of the National Press Club of Australia