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Home News Catch-up: Immigration gong, top appointments
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PEOPLERobert Setter, Carol Mills, Mike Pezzullo
DEPARTMENTSDepartment of Immigration and Border Protection, Queensland Public Service Commission
TAGS Mike Pezzullo
Who’s been appointed? Who’s been sacked? Who’s won awards and given speeches this week. The Mandarin takes a look.
Immigration and Border Protection secretary Mike Pezzullo turned heads this week with a call to return to the powerful mandarins of old, at the speech organised by the Crawford School of Public Policy and the Sir Ronald Wilson Foundation:
“The legendary secretaries of [Sir Arthur Tange’s] era spoke their mind, possessed and wielded actionable ideas, formulated compelling policy options and implemented programs of national significance … They served with discretion, dependability and impact, and for those of us who are their successors as secretaries of the commonwealth we would do well to be guided by their legacy.”
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Maybe Pezzullo’s tight grip on the reins is what has appealed to those clamouring to join the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Randstad Australia gave out awards last night to the top 20 “most attractive employers in Australia”, in which the DIBP came third, mostly due to its desirability among men and people in the 45-66 year age group, according to Randstad’s employment market analyst Steve Shepherd:
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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 been a staff reporter for newspapers in Sydney and Washington DC.
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