Dr Mumbo

While the government plays, Fifield is hiring

Dr Mumbo has always been in awe of the work ethic of Canberra’s politicians, and this week communications minister Mitch Fifield has been particularly impressive.

Faced with things to do as the nation breathlessly waits for an election, the minister has found a slew of institutions in dire need for new board appointments since last Friday.

Dr Mumbo’s inbox has been filled with appointment, after appointment, after appointment.

Some juicy appointments in the media sector over the past three days include the Classification Board picking up Sally Ryan as deputy director, and Rachel Merton as a member; and Tata’s head of corporate affairs,  Darren Rudd (no relation to Kevin 07) onto the Australia Council.

Taking spots on the Creative Partnerships Australia board were John Barrington AM, and Deakin University adjunct professor, Chris Pearce.

Museums have done well too with Ian Watt and John Longley joining the Australian National Maritime Museum, which also saw Telstra chair John Mullen appointed to lead the board. Stephen Byron found himself on the National Museum of Australia board, while Shane Simpson AM, Rosalie Rotolo-Hassan, Bennie Ng and Richard Price were launched into the National Library of Australia’s boardroom.

Dr Mumbo is hoping we have to wait a little longer for the election to be called – it would be great to get a new ABC managing director before the end of Wednesday.


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