Australian Department Heads Under Howard: Career Paths and Practice

Australian Department Heads Under Howard: Career Paths and Practice

Collected Articles from The Canberra Times

Authored by: Paul Malone
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The articles in this collection were first published in the Canberra Times between 14 November 2005 and 22 April 2006 in a slightly different format. In some cases two articles were published on the one secretary. These have been combined into one and minor edits and corrections have been made. The articles have not been updated to take account of events since they were first published.


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Nov 2006
ANU Press
Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG)
The Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG)
Social Sciences: Politics & International Studies, Social Policy & Administration

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  1. Introduction (PDF, 110KB)
  2. The Consummate ‘Fixer’ (PDF, 107KB) – Peter Shergold, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  3. From Timber to Tax (PDF, 128KB) – Ken Henry, The Treasury
  4. The Devil’s Advocate (PDF, 102KB) – Ian Watt, Department of Finance and Administration
  5. Starting from Scratch (PDF, 110KB) – Patricia Scott, Department of Human Services
  6. The Reluctant Chief (PDF, 115KB) – Ric Smith, Department of Defence
  7. The Man with a ‘Promising Past’ (PDF, 120KB) – Michael L’Estrange, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  8. Californian Dreamer (PDF, 109KB) – Lisa Paul, Department of Education, Science and Training
  9. The ‘New’ Old Broom (PDF, 125KB) – Andrew Metcalfe, Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs
  10. The Company Man (PDF, 128KB) – Mark Paterson, Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources
  11. Making the Best of It (PDF, 122KB) – Mark Sullivan, Department of Veterans’ Affairs
  12. Going ‘Bush’ (PDF, 117KB) – Joanna Hewitt, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
  13. The People’s Choice (PDF, 120KB) – Jeff Harmer, Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
  14. The Unabashed Rationalist (PDF, 120KB) – Peter Boxall, Department of Employment and Workplace Relations
  15. Environmental Angler (PDF, 124KB) – David Borthwick, Department of Environment and Heritage
  16. Keeping the Customer Satisfied (PDF, 116KB) – Robert Cornall, Attorney-General’s Department
  17. The Pragmatist (PDF, 122KB) – Mike Taylor, Department of Transport and Regional Services
  18. Pioneering Survivor (PDF, 126KB) – Helen Williams, Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts
  19. Taking the ‘Hospital Pass’ (PDF, 123KB) – Jane Halton, Department of Health and Ageing

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