Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 403. Updated Tuesday, 01 April 2014

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Senior Appointments

Dunn to join Commonwealth Secretariat

Gary Dunn (pictured) from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

(DFAT) has been appointed Deputy Secretary-General (Corporate Affairs) at the Commonwealth of Nations Secretariat in London.

Mr Dunn, Chief Operating Officer for AusAID (2012-13) and currently a Deputy Secretary in DFAT, has held a number of senior executive positions in the Department of Human Services (2011-12), Medicare (2010) and Centrelink (2005-10).

He will be responsible for advising the Secretary-General in the effective management of the Secretariat and is expected to take up his appointment in May.


ASIO chief to retire

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) chief, David Irvine will retire in September after serving his full-term as Director-General of Security.

Mr Irvine, former Director-General of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service, is a career diplomat who joined the Australian Foreign Service in 1970.

He was awarded an Officer of the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2005 for services furthering Australian international interests and has also published two books -Bisma, Warrior Priest of the Mahabharata and Leather Gods and Wooden Heroes.


High-profile role for Houston in air search

Former Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston will lead a new Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC)

The JACC will be based in Perth to coordinate the Australian Government's support for the search into the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Australia is providing extensive logistical and other support to the Government of Malaysia in the investigation into MH370.

The JACC will work with key Commonwealth, State and international stakeholders including families, friends and international media.


McNamara to sit on Native Title Tribunal

Former Executive Director of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Services in the Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines, James McNamara has been appointed as a member of the National Native Title Tribunal.

Mr McNamara, admitted to legal practice in the Supreme Court of Queensland, has advised the Queensland Government on native title law and policy since the High Court’s founding decision in Mabo No. 2 (1992), and has participated in all subsequent native title reforms.

He takes up the position left vacant by the passing of former Tribunal member Dan O’Dea last year.


Earlier this week

Harper to chair competition law review

The Government has appointed three members and a chair to the panel for its 'roots and branch' review of competition law.

Professor Ian Harper was appointed Chair and will be supported by members Su McCluskey; Michael O'Bryan; and Peter Anderson.

The Harper Review will help identify ways to build the economy and promote investment, growth, job creation and durable benefits for consumers.

The review panel will subsequently publish a draft report and hold further public consultations, before providing a final report to the Government within 12 months.


Downer to the UK

Former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer AC has been named as Australia's next High Commissioner to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Mr Downer has had a long and distinguished political career in Australia, and was until recently the United Nations Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Cyprus.

He is expected to take up his appointment in May 2014.

Former Premier of South Australia, Mike Rann is to be Australia's next Ambassador to Italy, subject to receiving agreement from the Italian Government, with non-resident accreditation to Albania, Libya and San Marino. He is expected to take up his appointment in May 2014.

Mr Rann is currently serving as Australia's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.


Stephen Brady CVO has been appointed Australia's next Ambassador to France with non-resident accreditation to Morocco, Monaco, Algeria and Mauritania.

Mr Brady is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and has been seconded as Official Secretary to the Governor-General and Secretary of the Council of the Order of Australia since 2008. He has previously served as Ambassador to the Netherlands (2004-2008) and Permanent Representative to the Organisation of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons; Ambassador to Sweden (1998-2003); and Counsellor, then Chargé d'affaires, in Dublin.

Mr Brady is expected to take up his appointment in September.


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