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Acting Director of the National Museum of Australia.

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Acting Director of the National Museum of Australia

The Federal Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator Rod Kemp, today announced that Mr Craddock Morton will act as the Director of the National Museum of Australia until a new Director is appointed.

Mr Morton is a very experienced and skilled officer who has extensive knowledge of the Museum and its operations.

As the Chief General Manager, Construction Coordination Taskforce for the Acton Peninsula Project from 1999-2001, Mr Morton was responsible for the construction of the National Museum and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. He was also the Chief General Manager of Old Parliament House from 2001 to 2002.

Mr Morton is currently the Chief General Manager, Corporate and Business Division within the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts.

The National Museum fosters an understanding of Australia's history and culture, through exhibitions, education programs and its significant collection. Since opening in March 2001 the Museum has hosted around 2 million visitors and has undertaken an extensive schedule of public programs.

Ms Dawn Casey's current term as Director expires on 14 December. The position has been advertised nationally.

CANBERRA 11 December 2003

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