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The Secretary, Department of Home Affairs



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FOR PRESS 27 FEBRUARY 1978

THE SECRETARY, DEPARTMENT OF HOME AFFAIRS

Dr. Donald McMichael is to be the first Secretary to the

Department of Home Affairs.

Dr. McMichael is Director of Environment in the Department of

Environment, Housing and Community Development, and acting

Chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

He had been Secretary of the Department of Environment and

Conservation from its creation in February 1973, and subsequently

of the Department of Environment until its abolition in

December 1975. Before that he had been Director of National

Parks and Wildlife in NSW following some years of association

with the Australian Museum.

Dr. McMichael, who is 46 years of age, has a Doctorate in

Biology from Harvard University.

The important position of Director of the Environment, being

vacated by Dr. McMichael is to be advertised extensively

throughout Australia, both inside and outside ithe Public Service.