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New Secretary Appointments – Ai Group Comment

"Throughout his outstanding career as a senior public servant, Dr Martin Parkinson has been forthright, thoughtful and far-sighted in his perspective and his advice. Ai Group thanks him for the dedication he has shown to public service in his many roles and his willingness to consult and engage with business. We wish him well for the future," Ai Group Chief Executive, Innes Willox said today.

"We are very pleased that such a high calibre successor as Philip Gaetjens has been chosen to follow Martin as Secretary to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Philip's experience at the highest level in numerous Federal and State economic roles make him well placed to deliver the cross-government policy leadership necessary to kick start Australia’s ailing productivity growth.

"The appointment of Dr Steven Kennedy as Secretary of the Treasury is also most welcome. Steven's most recent experience in infrastructure, regional development and cities will be highly valued in his new role addressing the challenges of a softening economy," Mr Willox said.

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