Greg Moriarty to be new Defence mandarin

The PM has appointed his own chief of staff to the prized job of secretary of the Department of Defence.

Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull has appointed his chief of staff, Greg Moriarty, to be the secretary of the Department of Defence.

Mr Turnbull has also appointed career diplomat Peter Woolcott to replace Moriarty as his chief of staff.

The DOD secretary appointment has been closely watched in Canberra with much conjecture over who would get the prized appointment. Moriarty replaces Dennis Richardson who has retired after a distinguished career in the APS. Richardson also served in former prime minister Bob Hawke’s office.

Moriarty won the appointment to lead the Australian government’s biggest portfolio, despite having no head-of-agency experience, leapfrogging over several other secretaries with big agency experience.

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