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The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

New Chair for the National Museum of Australia

Media release
3 April 2009

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Federal Minister for the Arts, Peter Garrett, today congratulated Mr Daniel Gilbert AM on his appointment as Chair of the Council of the National Museum of Australia (NMA).

Minister Garrett said Mr Gilbert has over 30 years experience in commercial law, specialising in technology and corporate law, as well as an extensive background in social justice issues and the arts.

"Mr Gilbert's experience on boards for arts organisations, his extensive business knowledge and passion for social justice issues will be a great asset to the National Museum's Council," Mr Garrett said.

"His long-term commitment to service of the law and the community, particularly Indigenous Australians, saw him earn admission as a Member of the Order of Australia in 2005."

Mr Gilbert is Managing Partner of law firm Gilbert + Tobin, and is currently Non Executive Director of the National Australia Bank, Councillor for the Australia Business Arts Foundation (ABAF), and a member of the Prime Minister's National Policy Commission on Indigenous Housing.

In previous roles, Mr Gilbert has been Chair of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, Chair of the Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales, Chair of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and Director of the Bangarra Dance Theatre.

"Mr Gilbert will bring valuable leadership skills and insights to this critical role at the National Museum as it heads into its eighth year since opening and continues its major gallery development program," Mr Garrett said.

The National Museum of Australia  is an award-winning national cultural institution that provides Australians with access to their history and cultural heritage through the maintenance and development of the National Historical Collection, exhibitions and permanent displays, and other activities.

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