8 August 2022

New Secretary announced for Industry, Science and Resources

| Ian Bushnell
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Meghan Quinn

New head Industry, Science and Resources Meghan Quinn. Photo: Treasury.

A woman who received a Public Service Medal for her work in the development of climate change policy has been appointed to lead the Department of Industry, Science and Resources.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has announced that he had recommended the Governor-General appoint Treasury Deputy Secretary Meghan Quinn as the new Secretary.

The vacancy arose after Mr Albanese moved David Fredericks from Industry, Science and Resources to lead the new super-department covering Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water.

Mr Albanese said Ms Quinn, who began her career as a Treasury Cadet in 1991, has had a distinguished career in both the public and private sector.

“In the public sector, Ms Quinn has been focused on the Commonwealth Treasury portfolio, undertaking a number of senior roles, including as deputy secretary of the Markets Group, and the Macroeconomic Group,” Mr Albanese said.

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He said she was also central to the preparation of the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper in 2012, as Head of Secretariat based in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Ms Quinn also worked for BHP as a domestic economist before undertaking post-graduate study in London, and at the Bank of England from 1996 to 2004.

She was awarded her Public Service Medal in 2009.

She has a Masters of Economics from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Economics (honours) from the University of Western Australia.

Ms Quinn’s five-year appointment will commence on 22 August.

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Public Service Medal for her work in the development of climate change policy …?

I’m sure this accomplished technocrat is a intellect of substance but for those of us old enough to know the Malthusian playbook you have to follow the money …and most of the tax dollars are heading to our friends in China…the ones who ban trade at the slightest slight!

Was this what the Asian century was all about?

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