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David Hickman announced as Bill Stefaniak’s Chief Of Staff

By johnboy - 6 July 2006 12

Bill Stefaniak has finally named a Chief of Staff for the office of the opposition leader.

It’s a former Ministerial adviser, Liberal branch president, and economics lecturer at UC, David Hickman.

Does anyone know more about him?

UPDATED: In a breathless piece of sycophancy the faceless “Canberra Liberals” have put out a media release “welcoming” their Dear Leader’s own media release on this subject. Closer reading suggests the “Canberra Liberals” might be the party’s president, Gary Kent.

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David Hickman announced as Bill Stefaniak’s Chief Of Staff
publius 6:10 am 28 Jul 06

Ex Reith staffer. Was in NOIE a few years ago. Hard but fair. Bit of a Howard apologist. To his credit, unlike many Managers, he at least was willing to deal with some of the underperformers used to cruising in the public service. Some of them didn’t like that. Safe bet that one or two of them submitted comments above.

Chris S 1:00 pm 10 Jul 06

toriness, that makes sense – given the Reith family’s penchant for phone cards, Hickman is well suited to assist with developing Bill Stephoneiac’s mobile skills.

boomacat 10:30 pm 07 Jul 06

Mr Hickman’s first step should be to institute a complete ban on donuts in the office of the opposition leader – given that Krispy Kreme (sic) is about to open a branch in Woden, there is no time to lose.

toriness 9:36 am 07 Jul 06

SLBrown – well my comment is based on the presumption that this is the same David Hickman. I can imagine it would be him as I believe he also, before NOIE/DCITA, worked as an advisor to Peter Reith but exited stage left around the time of the phonecard scandal (where Peter’s son used his dad’s ministerial phonecard to make a ton of calls?).

Big Al 6:36 pm 06 Jul 06

“Interesting, normally political staff stay in the backrooms. The only time they are let out to play is when they are trying to gain some pre-pre-selection publicity (or they are taking the fall for their political master). I wonder whose seat he’s aiming for…”

I understand that if you troll though the Crikey! website you’ll find a list that pretty much demonstrates that the established route to elected political glory is through a senior position on a current sitting members staff … no mystery there. Stefaniac is probably trying to build a loyal team around him to circumvent the current bullshit that the ACT Liberals are living with.

apostropheman 4:28 pm 06 Jul 06

Interesting, normally political staff stay in the backrooms. The only time they are let out to play is when they are trying to gain some pre-pre-selection publicity (or they are taking the fall for their political master). I wonder whose seat he’s aiming for…

SLBrown 3:26 pm 06 Jul 06

He wasn’t the david hickman from NOIE / DoCITA is he?

capt_benno 2:35 pm 06 Jul 06

David HICKS mssr evil.

Mr Evil 2:30 pm 06 Jul 06

Isn’t David Hickman that Aussie/Pommy guy in Guantanamo Bay????

Mr_Shab 1:49 pm 06 Jul 06

He tortures puppies and eats babies!

Umm, no – I can’t back that up…

toriness 1:40 pm 06 Jul 06

I worked in the same agency as him a few years back. Awful awful man. Sensitivity and patience of a bull. Very Liberal with a big ‘l’. I’d say he’s in the right job now, all things considered!

Ari 1:12 pm 06 Jul 06

As an academic, he’s got it in for crazychester, for sure.

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