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By Michael Weaver
DEFENCE Secretary Ian Watt will
become the Government's key advis-
er when he leaves the department to
become Secretary of the Department
of Prime Minister and Cabinet
Dr Watt will enter what he expects
will be the final phase of his public ser-
vice career at PM&C on September 5,
after notching up just more than two
years at Defence.
Dr Watt said he definitely thought
Defence would be his last public ser-
vice position, however, with the cur-
rent Secretary of PM&C, Terry Moran,
retiring, Dr Watt was offered what is
acclaimed as the highest bureaucratic
role in the Australian Public Service.
"I don't think you can aspire to a job
like that," Dr Watt said.
"I am greatly honoured to be
appointed to the position of Secretary
at PM&C, but I leave Defence with con-
"The position of Secretary of
Defence has been both challenging and
rewarding. I have enjoyed my time here
and I will miss the people that I have
worked with during the past two years.
"The people of Defence, military and
civilian, achieve many marvellous things
for the country and it has been a privi-
lege to have been a part of that."
Dr Watt's successor is Duncan
Lewis, whose long and successful
career in the ADF included postings as
Commander of the Special Air Service
Regiment from 1990-1992, and later as
Commander Special Forces in 2001.
Mr Lewis is also well known as the
National Security Adviser and will bring
a wealth of experience to Defence.
Likewise, Dr Watt will take advan-
tage of his Defence experience at
PM&C to assist with issues such as
budget, capability, acquisition and sus-
"Clearly there will be some major
reform agendas to consider, but I will
go to PM&C with a better appreciation
of internal challenges facing major line
agencies, which will help me provide
advice on whole-of-government issues,"
Dr Watt said.
He said his time at Defence had been
"interesting, almost beyond measure"
and he was very cognisant of the chal-
lenges he left behind.
"You work for a terrific organisa-
tion," Dr Watt said. "There's some big
challenges ahead, but I ask you to grasp
those challenges and Defence will be a
Top bureaucrat: Ian Watt talks with ADF personnel in Afghanistan last year.
He will become Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
on September 5.
Photo by Cpl Chris Moore
By Spr Nick Wiseman
THE Royal Australian Army
Medical Corps (RAAMC) will be
presented with a new corps ban-
ner in a ceremony at Enoggera on
The banner will be presented
by the RAAMC's new colonel-in-
chief, Governor-General Quentin
Bryce, who accepted the role last
RAAMC Head of Corps Maj-
Gen Paul Alexander said the pres-
entation was a once-in-a-lifetime
"It will be the only occasion for
many of us to experience a banner
parade," he said.
"It's also the first time for the
banner to be presented by the colo-
The presentation of the
Governor-General's banner will
become a key event in the history
of the RAAMC, with the current
banner presented more than 30
The current corps banner
was presented by the Duke of
Edinburgh in 1974 on behalf of the
Queen Mother, who was colonel-in-
chief until her death in 2002.
The parade will be followed by
a cocktail party on the evening of
November 4, with the laying-up
ceremony to be held the next day.
Maj-Gen Alexander said it
Governor-General to present
new medical corps banner
would be a great opportunity to reu-
nite with old mates.
"There will not only be past and
present RAAMC members, but oth-
ers associated with the corps also,"
"It will be a significant parade
with more than 200 troops from a
range of different health and sup-
For more information go to
http://raamcbanner.paulatim.org or email
Heritage: The Royal Australian Army Medical Corps will celebrate a
long history at the banner presentation in November, as illustrated
by these images featuring the Imperial Camel Corps (top) and an
Australian Light Horse field ambulance during WWI.
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