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ATTORNEY-GENERAL THE HON PHILIP RUDDOCK MP

NEWS RELEASE

Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600  Telephone (02) 6277 7300  Fax (02) 6273 4102 www.law.gov.au/ag

10 June 2004 090/2004

NEW PRIVACY COMMISSIONER APPOINTED

The Attorney-General, Philip Ruddock, today announced the appointment of Ms Karen Curtis as the new Federal Privacy Commissioner.

Ms Curtis has a background which offers a valuable mix of private and public sector experience as well as industry knowledge, making her well qualified for the position,” Mr Ruddock said.

Ms Curtis is currently Director, Industry Policy, for the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The appointment, for a period of five years, begins on 12 July 2004. Ms Curtis takes up the position of Commissioner following the departure of Mr Malcolm Crompton whose term as Commissioner had expired.

“I would like to thank Mr Crompton for his service and dedication and wish him well in his future endeavours,” Mr Ruddock said.

“I am confident that with her broad range of experience, Ms Curtis will make a positive contribution to the position and she will effectively promote an Australian culture that respects privacy,” Mr Ruddock said.

The Privacy Commissioner is responsible for the management of the Office of the Federal Privacy Commission. Its principal functions are to investigate complaints from individuals about interferences with privacy, to promote an understanding of the Privacy Act 1988 and to provide advice to Ministers.

Mr Ruddock also announced the reappointment of two members to the Privacy Advisory Committee.

Mr Graeme Innes AM and Mr Peter Ford have been reappointed as part-time members until the end of May 2007. Both appointments take effect immediately.

The Privacy Advisory Committee advises the Privacy Commissioner on relevant matters, recommends material for inclusion in the Commissioner’s guidelines and engages in community consultation.

Mr Innes is the Deputy Disability Discrimination Commissioner of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.

Mr Ford is acting Deputy Secretary, Criminal Justice and Security Group in the Attorney-General’s Department.

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