May 15, 2009

Canberra’s new mandarin: meet Mike Mrdak

Canberra has a new mandarin, reports Bernard Keane.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Canberra has a new mandarin, with the Prime Minister last night announcing that Mike Mrdak, Deputy Secretary and PM&C and “Infrastructure Coordinator-General”, was succeeding Mike Taylor as Secretary of the unacronymable Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government at the end of June.

Mrdak is a veteran of that Department, having started there as a graduate and rapidly ascended to its senior ranks, mainly on the aviation side, including a stint in Laurie Brereton’s office in the Keating Government.

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