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Wednesday, 19 March 2008
Page: 1287

The PRESIDENT (3:03 PM) —I am pleased to announce that Mr Alan Thompson has accepted an offer to take up the position of Secretary of the Department of Parliamentary Services. Mr Thompson has extensive public sector leadership and policy experience at state, territory and national levels. He is currently Secretary of the New Zealand Ministry of Transport and in that role he is overseeing major changes to the New Zealand land transport sector’s funding and organisational arrangements and developing a new transport strategy for New Zealand. He has served as secretary to three Victorian government departments—Justice; Conservation and Natural Resources; and Housing and Construction. Mr Thompson was also Chief Executive of the ACT Department of Urban Services from 1999 to 2004. In 2003 he was seconded to lead the Canberra bushfire recovery team.

Mr Thompson was selected in an open and transparent merit based process from a strong field. His appointment will be for a period of five years commencing in May 2008. He replaces former secretary Hilary Penfold QC, who was recently appointed as a judge to the ACT Supreme Court. The Deputy Secretary of the Department of Parliamentary Services, Mr David Kenny, will continue to act as secretary until Mr Thompson’s arrival.