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Transport included in public service shake-up

‘Utopian’ view: In a speech to the Institute of Public Administration, Mike Mrdak lamented the lack of long-term planning and evidence-based decision-making among senior staffers in the prime minister’s office and other key departments.

Auto industry pays tribute to Mike Mrdak as PM overhauls top ranks of public service

General News logo8 Sep 2017

By TERRY MARTIN

- Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has appointed Steven Kennedy as the new secretary of the federal department of infrastructure and regional development (DIRD) as part of a shake-up of the top ranks of the Australian public service, replacing Mike Mrdak who has held the significant transport-related position for the past eight years.

- The automotive industry was quick to pay tribute to Mr Mrdak, who is one of Australia’s most senior public servants with almost 30 years’ experience – mostly in transport and infrastructure – and will now become secretary of the department of communications and the arts when the new five-year appointments become effective on September 18.

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