The real Newman bio. News that Maurice Newman, chair of the ABC, has broken, oooh, about every rule of protocol and instructed staff to play the climate change debate “even-handedly”, whether the evidence is equally there or not presumably, sent people scurrying to his CV.

Readers of it might assume that he’s just another business stooge who lives off anecdote and says things such as “year 10 is all very well but I went to the school of life, lad” etc, and whose “agnosticism” on climate change is the common-or-garden stupidity of someone who are so used to not being contradicted that they can’t tell their own vague opinions from received truths. They would be wrong, as this version of the CV with the modest man’s relevant experience added back in bold:

Maurice Newman is currently chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

He retired as Chairman of the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX Limited) on 24 September 2008. to complete his PHD in climatology.

His career spans forty years in stockbroking and investment banking, including as Managing Director in 1984, and Executive Chairman from 1985 until 1999, of what is now the Deutsche Bank Group in Australia, during which busy time he studied climatology in the evenings. He was Chairman of the Deutsche Bank Asia Pacific Advisory Board and a Director of Deutsche Bank Asia Pacific from 1999 to 2001. He was also Chairman of Deutsche Asset Management (Australia) Limited from 1997 until 2000.

Mr Newman retired from Deutsche Bank in July 2001. because it was interfering with his study of ice core samples in the Arctic.

Mr Newman has chaired a number of Asian business alliances including the East Asia and Oceania Stock Exchange Federation, and the Australia Taiwan Business Council.

Mr Newman has been an adviser to Australian governments, as a member of the Consultative Committee on Relations with Japan (1984-1987); a Commissioner of the National Commission of Audit (1996); a member of the Business Advisory Panel established by the Minister for Multicultural Affairs (1997 – 2002); Chairman of the National Judging Panel for Innovation in Local Government (1997-1998); research assistant to James Lovelock (1998-1999) Chairman of the Commonwealth Government’s National Year 2000 Steering Committee (1997-2000) and the Business Mature Age Workforce Advisory Group (2000–2001); … (blah blah the usual list of pointless official engagements of which such lives are made).

Mr Newman‘s extensive scientific experience includes time being chair-stooge of was the Chairman of Acrux Limited (1999 – 2003), a pharmaceutical company doing actual science which is kinda scary; Chairman of the Sydney Legacy Citizen’s Committee (1998 – 2004); Member of the Advisory Committee of Australasian Medical Insurance Ltd (January to August 2003); Member of the Advisory Council of the Asia Society AustralAsia Centre (2001 – 2004); Member of the Business Council of Australia’s Chairmen’s Panel (2003 – 2007); and Civil Patron, Royal Australian Naval Reserves, Professional Studies Program (2005 – 2009) at a time when the force was pioneering its “combat climate change” operational program, which he undoubtably chided them on.

He served as Chancellor of Macquarie University from 2002 to February 2008 where he once spoke to some scientists in the caf and as a Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation from 2000 to 2004.

In 2002 Mr Newman was appointed an Adviser to the Marsh Group of Companies on climate change.. In June 2004, he was appointed a Director of the Queensland Investment Corporation.

— Kim Serca

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