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Allan Douglas Hawke
Born 18 February 1948(1948-02-18) (age 73)
Canberra, ACT, Australia
Nationality Australian
Alma mater Australian National University
Occupation Public Servant, Diplomat, Chancellor, Director, Chairman
Awards OrderAustraliaRibbon.png Companion of the Order of Australia (2010),
Centenary Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Centenary Medal (2001),

Allan Douglas Hawke AC (born 18 February 1948) is a former Australian senior public servant and diplomat.

He has served as: Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Paul Keating; Secretary of the Department of Veterans' Affairs (1994–1996); Secretary of the Department of Transport and Regional Services (1996–1999); and Secretary of the Department of Defence (1999–2002). Hawke was then appointed High Commissioner to New Zealand (2003–2005), and subsequently Chancellor of the Australian National University (2006–2009).

Since then, Hawke has been a board member of the Canberra Raiders.[1][2]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Early years[edit | edit source]

Hawke was born in Canberra, ACT, Australia and educated at Queanbeyan High School, New South Wales. Hawke holds a Bachelor of Science (1st Class Honours) and a Doctor of Philosophy from the Australian National University, Canberra.[1][2]

Career[edit | edit source]

Hawke's extensive career in public administration at senior levels includes appointments as Secretary of the Departments of Veterans' Affairs, Transport and Regional Services and Defence. He completed his public service to Australia as High Commissioner and Plenipotentiary of Australia to New Zealand.

Hawke was appointed a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Public Administration (FAIPA) in 1998 and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (FAIM) in 1999, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to public service. In 2001, he became a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) and was also honoured with the Centenary Medal for his service as Secretary to the Department of Defence.[3] The Australian Financial Review’s "Boss" Magazine named him as one of Australia’s top 30 true leaders in its inaugural list in 2001.[4]

In 2010, Hawke was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia for his eminent service to public administration, particularly through the formulation and implementation of policy in the areas of transport, defence and education, and to the strengthening of bilateral relations with New Zealand.[5][6]

Hawke has participated in major inquiries into the Commonwealth Public Service including:

  • the Review of Commonwealth Functions;
  • the Review of Commonwealth Administration and the Efficiency Scrutiny Unit;
  • Head of the Secretariat for the Review of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission;
  • The Hawke Report - a review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act, the Act);
  • the Review of the Administration of the Home Insulation Program - a review into the failings and the future of the Home Insulation Program (part of the Renewable Energy Bonus Scheme);
  • government review of Woomera Prohibited Area; and
  • a foundation member of the Management Improvement Advisory Committee.

On 3 September 2010, ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope announced that Hawke would lead a review into the Australian Capital Territories' Public Service.[7] Following the release of his findings in March 2011, the Federal Government ordered another review into the National Capital Authority, where Hawke will conduct the inquiry.[citation needed]

In March 2011, Immigration Minister, the Hon Chris Bowen MP, announced that an independent review into the Christmas Island breakouts and riots will be carried out by two former senior public servants, Dr Allan Hawke and Helen Williams.[8] Also in March 2011, the Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, the Hon Simon Crean MP, announced that Hawke was to conduct an independent review of the National Capital Authority.[citation needed]

Hawke has served on various boards including the Management Advisory Board, Administrative Review Council, Australian Strategic Policy Institute Council, Foreign Affairs Council and the Defence and National Security Advisory Council.[9]

Hawke's appointments have included:

  • Chair - MTAA Superannuation Fund Trustee Board
  • Chair - Civil Aviation and Safety Authority Board
  • Member - Foreign Affairs Council
  • Member - Defence and National Security Advisory Council[9]
  • Member - Australian Strategic Policy Institute[10]
  • Director - Canberra Raiders Board
  • Director - ACTEW Corporation
  • Member - Centre for Applied Philosophy & Public Ethics Advisory Board
  • Chair - Prime Ministerial Advisory Council on Ex-Service Matters
  • Director - Datacom Australia[1]

Family life[edit | edit source]

Hawke married Maria Michele Senti on 2 April 1977 and they have one child. For recreation he enjoys golf, researching family history and he is a member of the Royal Canberra Golf Club.[2]

References[edit | edit source]

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