The Secretary of the Department of Defence, Mr. Dennis Richardson, has tendered his resignation.
The following is from a statement by Australian Prime Minister, Mr. Malcolm Turnbull:
“Mr. Richardson has had a long and distinguished career and has made a significant contribution to Australia’s national security and foreign policy over 48 years of public service. He was appointed as Secretary of Defence in 2012 having served previously as the Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (2010-2012), Australian Ambassador to the United States of America (2005-2010) and the Director-General of Security (1996-2005). He previously worked in the Departments of Immigration and Prime Minister and Cabinet, and served as principal adviser to Prime Minister Hawke from 1990 to 1991.”
Tributes for Mr. Richardson’s service to the Australian public have been abundant.