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23 September 1997
Mr Howard Bamsey has been appointed Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories, Mr Roger Beale, the Secretary of the Department, announced today.
'Mr Bamsey has had a long career in government having joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 1971 as a career diplomat', Mr Beale said.
'He has served in major posts including Vienna and New York in both of which he participated in international environment negotiations.
'In January 1996 he was appointed Australia's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva as well as Ambassador for the Environment. When he was appointed as Ambassador to The Netherlands in late 1996, he retained the position of Ambassador for the Environment.
'In that capacity he has played a leading role in representing Australia's position in a wide range of international environment forums including the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, the climate change negotiations, the UN Environment Program and APEC.
'His considerable international experience will strengthen the Department's international role in environmental negotiations and issues', Mr Beale said.
Mr Bamsey will also assist in the general administration of the Department.
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