Patron: Her Excellency The Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand

Conundrums, Dilemmas and Paradoxes

Guest Speaker: HE Dr Allan Hawke
Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand

Event Date: Tuesday 8th November 2005
Event Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

Event Location: Russell McVeagh
Level 24, Mobil on the Park, 157 Lambton Quay, Wellington, 6011.

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H.E. Dr Allan Hawke, Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand

H.E. Dr Allan Hawke, Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand

Dr Hawke was born in Canberra and educated at Queanbeyan High School and the Australian National University, where he obtained a 1st Class Honours degree and Doctor of Philosophy in biological sciences.

He joined the Commonwealth Public Service in 1974 as an Administrative Trainee with the Public Service Board.

During his career he has been actively involved in major inquiries into the Public Service including the Review of Commonwealth Functions, the Review of Commonwealth Administration and the Efficiency Scrutiny Unit.

He was a foundation member of the Management Improvement Advisory Committee and became its chairman shortly before taking up the position of Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Keating in August 1993. Immediately prior to his appointment as Secretary to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs in April 1994, he had been a Deputy Secretary in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Prime Minister Howard appointed Dr Hawke as Secretary to the Department of Transport and Regional Services on 11 March 1996 and he served a three-year term as Secretary of Defence from 21 October 1999. He was then Head of the Secretariat for the Review of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission and produced the associated Public Discussion Paper issued in June 2003.

Dr Hawke has also worked in the Department of Community Services and Health and in various positions in the Department of Defence where he was promoted to Deputy Secretary in 1991.

He was a Member of the Management Advisory Board and oversaw the “Beyond Beancounting Report” which recommended introduction of accrual based budgeting into the Australian Public Service. Allan chaired a small group to raise money for indigenous students to undertake the Australian National Internship Program in honour of a fellow Administrative Trainee, Ken Wanganeen, and has also served on the Administrative Review Council, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute Council, as Chairman of the Board of the Public Sector Management Course and President of the ACT Branch of the Institute of Public Administration Australia. He was also a member of the Monash Mt Eliza Business School Council and the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics Advisory Board and a Director of the Canberra Girls Grammar School Board and the Canberra Raiders Board.

Allan was appointed a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Public Administration in 1998 and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management in 1999 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to public service. In 2001 he became a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. The Australian Financial Review’s “Boss” Magazine, named him as one of Australia’s top 30 true leaders in its inaugural list in 2001.

Dr Hawke took up his Appointment as Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand with accreditation to the Cook Islands and responsibilities for Niue, the Pitcairn Islands and the Tokelau Islands on 6 August 2003.

Russell McVeagh

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