Today Labor would like to thank Dr Martin Parkinson AC PSM for the significant contribution he has made over nearly four decades of public service to our nation and congratulate him on a successful and distinguished career.
Dr Parkinson’s contribution to public policy and the administration of government, sometimes in testing political climates, has been remarkable.
Gender equality in the Australian Public Service has been a particular area of passion for Dr Parkinson and his leadership in this space deserves special recognition. His hard work and advocacy for gender equality, particularly at senior levels, has reaped results with the Secretary’s Board reaching a 50/50 gender split during his term.
Dr Parkinson’s ability to remain impartial and to serve governments of both political colours across several senior roles is admirable and testament to his character.
Labor wishes Dr Parkinson well in his retirement and thanks him for his service.