Feb 11, 2013

Statement on Indulgence – Passing of Mr Nick Dimopoulos

ANTHONY ALBANESE – On indulgence, I wish to inform the House of the passing last Thursday evening of Mr Nick Dimopoulos, Chief Executive Officer and Commissioner of the National Transport Commission.

Mr Dimopoulos made a major contribution to the work of the Commission since his appointment in 2006, and I greatly valued his advice.

The Commission plays a leading role in driving national transport regulatory reforms, and Nick’s leadership and guidance will be missed by Ministers and officials from across the Commonwealth, states and territories.

In the past three years Nick and the Commission have worked very hard to implement the historic national regulator reforms, which will provide Australia for the first time with a seamless national transport regulatory system.

Nick Dimopoulos was committed to improving Australian transport safety and productivity.

Nick’s professional career spanned industries such as mining, logistics, finance, infrastructure and transport.

Prior to joining the NTC he held senior positions in both the public and private sectors.

He headed up the Committee for Economic Development of Australia and worked in the Victorian Treasury and on World Bank infrastructure projects in China.

His dedication and professionalism will be sadly missed.

Speaker, I have passed my condolences on this morning to Nick’s widow, Steph and their children. My thoughts are with them, and Nick’s colleagues, at this time.