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Secretary of the Attorney-General's Department to leave

It is with considerable regret that I announce today that the Secretary to the Attorney- General's Department, Stephen Skehill, has advised the Government of his intention to leave the Australian Public Service (APS) at the end of August 1997.

Throughout a career of 27 years, 22 of them as a member of the Senior Executive Service or as Departmental Secretary, Stephen has given distinguished and dedicated service to consecutive Governments.

He has occupied a wide variety of positions, at all ranks in the APS and in broad range of Departments and agencies. His achievements in the public sector, and particularly as Secretary to the Attorney- General's Department, have been many and there is much in his career of which he can be justifiably proud.

I have greatly appreciated the valuable and highly dedicated counsel and support provided to me since my appointment as the Attorney- General.

While it would be my clear preference that he remain in his present position, I fully understand Stephen's desire to pursue alternative career options outside the public sector. He leaves with all the best wishes of both the Government and myself.

An announcement about the appointment of a replacement will be made in the near future.