PM Transcripts - Prime Ministers of Australia


Prime Minister - Howard, John

Media Release - 21 October 1999

I am pleased to announce that I shall be recommending to His Excellency
the Governor-General that Dr Allan Hawke be appointed as Secretary to the
Department of Defence.

Dr Hawke has served effectively as Secretary to the Department of Transport
and Regional Services since 1996 and, before that, as Secretary to the Department
of Veterans' Affairs. Dr Hawke will bring to his new position not only experience
at the Secretary level but also a sound knowledge of defence issues. From
the mid-1980s he held a number of senior positions in the Department of
Defence, culminating in his appointment as Deputy Secretary, Strategy and
Intelligence, in the Department from 1991 to 1993.

Dr Hawke will take up his appointment on Thursday 21 October 1999 for a
period of three years.

Consequential appointments will be announced in the near future.

18 October 1999