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SECRETARY, DEPARTMENT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET

Prime Minister - Howard, John

Media Release - 09 April 1996

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SECRETARY, DEPARTMENT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET
The Secretary to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Dr Michael
Keating, AC, will retire from the public service on 13 May. I wish to acknowledge
here the distinguished and valuable contribution he has made to Australia and the
Australian Public Service.
Dr Keating became Secretary to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in
December 1991, after serving as Secretary to the Department of Employment and
Industrial Relations and the Department of Finance. Earlier in his career, he spent two
periods working for the OECD in Paris, in positions that included H-ead of the
Economic Prospects Division and Head of the Growth Studies and Resource
Allocation Division.
As Secretary to the Department of Finance in the 1980s, he played a leading role in
instituting and pursuing public service management reformns. Since 1991 he has been
Chair of the Australian Public Service Management Advisory Board. The focus of his
career has been on the achievement of high standards in an apolitical, professional and
ethical public service.
I am grateful to Dr Keating for the assistance he has given my Government in its
transition to office. As I foreshadowed in my statement of 8 March 1996, he will
continue to have an involvement with the Commonwealth Government after he retires.
I shall be recommending to the Governor-General the appointment of Mr Max
Moore-Wilton as the new Secretary to my Department. There will be a short
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Mr Moore-Wilton has been National Director, Policy Co-ordination and Priorities
Review, with the Australian Stock Exchange Limited since 1995. Prior to that he held
senior management positions in the New South Wales public sector as Chief Executive
of the Maritime Services Board, as Director-General of the Department of Transport
and as Chief Executive of the Roads and Traffic Authority. He held senior positions in
Commonwealth agencies in the 1 970s and 1 980s, including as managing Director of
the Australian National Line, and was a Deputy Secretary in the then Department of
Primary Industry in 1979-80.
Mr Moore-Wilton's experience, particularly in micro-economic reform, will be of
considerable value to the government and I am sure that Mr Moore-Wilton will be a
valuable addition to the leadership of the public service.
9 April 1996