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TAGS George Brandis, Australian National Audit Office, Eric Abetz, auditor-general, Australian Human Rights Commission, Ian McPhee, John Lloyd, Gillian Triggs, Public Service Commissioner
Commission heads came under attack early in Estimates, but the imminent departure of Auditor-General Ian McPhee did bring politicians together, briefly, to reflect on his track record and service over 40 years.
Politics was briefly put aside at Additional Estimates as senators paid tribute to Auditor-General Ian McPhee at his presumed last appearance before a parliamentary committee before he retires next month.
Other statutory office holders were not so fortunate, with questions raised over the propriety of the appointment of new public service commissioner John Lloyd and the Attorney General voicing he had lost confidence in Australian Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs.
McPhee indicated he will retire when his 10-year non-renewable appointment ends on March 10, capping a 40-year career in the federal public service.
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Harley Dennett is editor at The Mandarin based in Canberra. He's held communications roles in the New South Wales public sector and Defence, and reported for titles including Crikey and the Star Observer.
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