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Secretary of the Department of Finance and Deregulation.



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Media Release

50/2009 13 August 2009

I welcome the appointment of Mr David Tune PSM as the new Secretary of the Department of Finance and Deregulation. Mr Tune will replace Dr Ian Watt AO as Secretary of the Department following Dr Watt’s appointment as the Secretary of the Department of Defence.

Currently the Associate Secretary, Domestic Policy Group in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Mr Tune has over 30 years experience in the Australian Public Service in a number of different agencies including the Department of the Treasury and the former Department of Family and Community Services.

Mr Tune brings a breadth of knowledge, skills and experience to this role and is well respected for his economic and social policy expertise. I welcome Mr Tune to the Department of Finance and Deregulation.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Dr Watt on his appointment as the Secretary of the Department of Defence.

Dr Watt has been the Secretary of the Department of Finance and Deregulation (formerly the Department of Finance and Administration) since January 2002.

Dr Watt is recognised for his extensive achievements across the public service in a variety of influential roles, including his time as Secretary of the former Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts.

Dr Watt can be relied upon to always provide independent, frank and fearless advice. His intimate knowledge of Government and ability to facilitate creative whole-of-government solutions is a significant asset to the Australian Public Service and will serve him well in his new role.

I express my sincere thanks to Dr Watt for his invaluable advice and wise counsel over the past two years in challenging economic times and wish him all the best in his new role.

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Secretary of the Department of Finance and Deregulation

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Nardia Dazkiw - 0418 144 690 www.financeminister.gov.au

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