New secretary appointments for Health, Attorney-General’s

The Attorney General’s Department gets a replacement for Roger Wilkins, with a strong background in international law. Meanwhile, the Immigration secretary shifts to Health.

Two new federal secretary appointments have been announced today, with Martin Bowles moving to head the Department of Health and Chris Moraitis given a top appointment for the first time to head the Attorney-General’s Department.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the appointments would take effect on October 13 and September 15 respectively.

Chris Moraitis is replacing Roger Wilkins at A-GD, who retired last week. Moraitis is a long-serving diplomat and international law expert, having been with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade since joining as a graduate trainee 1989 and currently serving as deputy secretary.

He served as high commissioner to Papua New Guinea as well as diplomatic missions in Geneva, Madrid and Paris. He has also held roles with taskforces on human rights and chemical weapons. Coming in handy for answering directly to Attorney-General George Brandis is his previous ministerial advisor experience to former foreign affairs minister Gareth Evans.

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