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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

8 Sep 2017

- 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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