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Challenging task for new ACF head

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Member for Pearce Shadow Minister for Sustainable Development and the Environment



I wish Tricia Caswell every success In her job as the new Executive Director of the Australian Conservation Foundation.

She has a heavy responsibility to ensure that she represents members’ interests in a genuinely non-partisan way.

Given the decision of the ACF Council to take an overtly political stance at the past two elections, Ms Caswell faces a tough task.

It will, not be made easier by the fact that she comes from a stint at the ACTU which is totally dedicated to the reĀ­ election of the Labor Government and in view of her previous employment with the organised trade union movement in Victoria.

In saying that I in no way seek to imply that Ms Caswell will bring anything but a high level of professionalism to her new post.

But the fact is that many of the ACF membership felt betrayed by the organisation's decisions to urge its members to vote in a particular way in 1987 and 1990.

They will want reassurance that the appointment of a person with such a long history in the industrial arm of the ALP will not make it harder to return to a less partisan position.

I have made it clear in the past that I have enjoyed a good working relationship with ACF personnel and I look forward to that continuing under Ms Caswell's direction.

I wish Phillip Toyne well in his new career at the ANU.

PERTH Contact: Keith Kessell 09 250 2533

22 June 1992