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One of Australia's leading businessmen, Mr. R.W. (Robert) Brack, AO,

of Melbourne, at present Managing Director of Australian Consolidated

Industries Limited, is to become Chairman of the Australian Tele­

communications Commission.

The Minister for Communication?, M r . I a n Sinclair, who announced the

appointment today, also said that the present acting Managing Director

of Telecom, Mr. W.J.B. (William) Pollock, had been confirmed in that


Mr. Brack would retire from his position as chief executive of ACI

(Australia's fifteenth largest company) on 15 November 1981 and begin

his 5 year appointment with Telecom the following day.

Mr. Pollock's three year term as Managing Director would begin on

3 November. "*

Mr. Sinclair said that Mr. Brack had spent many years in government and

private enterprise and his career had been marked by achievement of a

high order.

Mr. Brack would bring a mix of business and government acumen and

enterprise to what Was one of Australia's most important statutory

authority positions.

Mr. Brack had been Managing Director of ACI since 1978 and had held

numerous positions in private enterprise and government before that.

He was educated at Telopea Park High School, Canberra, and Melbourne

University and during the war, in which he served in the 8th Division,

was. a prisoner-of-war in Singapore and Thailand.

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•-'He worked in the Australian High Commission in London and the Australian

Embassy in Washington for periods after the war and from 1959-63 was

. Assistant Comptroller General of Customs in Canberra.

He was a director of several.companies and had been Vice-Chairman of "

the Australian National.Airlines Commission (TAA) since 1979. .

Mr. Sinclair said: "It is apparent from his record of achievement

that Mr. Brack is eminently qualified to lead Telecom into the era of

exciting developments in telecommunications technology which is only

just beginning." '

The Minister thanked the Deputy Chairman of Telecom, Mr. T.E. (Tom) May,

who has acted as Chairman since June 1980, saying that he had led the

Commission capably and well in a.period of considerable industrial and

developmental difficulty. Mr. Sinclair commented that Mr. May's term

as Acting Chairman had involved considerable personal travel, as "

Mr. May resided, in Sydney while Telecom's headquarters were in Melbourne.

There is no doubt that Mr. Brack's Melbourne residency would be an

advantage. Mr. May's personal experience as a member of Telecom's

board since 1975 would be of continuing value.

Mr. Sinclair said the Government was confident that Mr. Pollock, who

had acted as Managing Director of Telecom since the retirement of

Mr. J.H. Curtis, CB, in July,-would continue to manage the Commission's

activities in a dedicated and able manner.

Mr. Pollock had joined the then Postmaster-General's Department in

1938 and served in various positions until the creation of the Australian

Telecommunications Commission in 1975 when he was appointed Chief

General Manager.

Mr. Sinclair said: "Mr. Pollock has given many years of service in

this vital area of government administration and on many occasions has

demonstrated his competence as an executive with a deep knowledge of

all phases of telecommunications."

CANBERRA 22 October 1981