Blair Comley remerges as Baird’s man heading NSW DPC

Blair Comley, an economist run out of Canberra by Tony Abbott, will move to Macquarie Street as secretary of the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Blair Comley

Blair Comley

Blair Comley, sent packing from Canberra by the Abbott government, will become New South Wales’ most powerful bureaucrat under Premier Mike Baird.

Comley was one of the architects of Labor’s emissions reduction programs as secretary of the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, before moving to the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism. Prime Minister Tony Abbott offered him a payout to leave last September.

Baird’s secretary role has been unfilled since Chris Eccles was moved on in June. Baird effected a spill of the role and Eccles chose not to reapply. Simon Smith has been acting in the role.

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