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Wednesday, 23 March 1994
Page: 2132

(Question No. 1086)


Senator Short asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice, on 22 February 1994:

  With reference to the office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA):

  (1) (a) When did Mr Neil Edwards leave his position as head of the OMA; (b) when did Mr Max Bourke take up the vacant position; (c) what recruitment processes were undertaken to fill the vacant position; (d) was this position advertised; (e) when and where was this position advertised; (f) were there any special skills or characteristics which were required of a successful applicant; if so, what were they; (g) who made the final decision; and (h) when was the final decision made.

  (2) (a) At what stage is the OMA funding review; (b) when will the findings be released; (c) who has been consulted as part of the review;(d) were there any special skills or characteristics which were required of the reviewer(s); if so, what were they; and (e) has the review been published; if so, to whom; if not, why not.


Senator Gareth Evans —The Prime Minister has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  (1) (a) Mr Neil Edwards will vacate the position as head of the OMA at close of business on 11 March 1994.

  (b) Mr Max Bourke is expected to take up the position on 14 March 1994.

  (c) Mr Max Bourke will transfer at level from the Department of Environment, Sport and Territories under Section 49 of the Public Service Act.

  (d) No.

  (e) N/A.

  (f) All Senior Executive Service officers are required to meet a range of core criteria. In addition, the head of OMA should have a knowledge of multicultural policy issues and/or an ability to deal with ethnic communities.

  (g) Dr Michael Keating, Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet made the decision in accordance with Section 49 (1) (b) of the Public Service Act following consultation with Mr Stuart Hamilton, Secretary of the Department of Environment, Sport and Territories and Mr Max Bourke.

  (h) The decision was made on 31 January 1994. Following receipt of appropriate agreements, the formal instrument of transfer was signed on 7 March 1994.

  (2) There is no OMA funding review.