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Appointments to the Financial Sector Advisory Council

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APPOINTMENTS TO THE FINANCIAL SECTOR ADVISORY COUNCIL

I am pleased to announce two new appointments to the Financial Sector Advisory Council (FSAC) – Mr David Murray, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, and Mr Ian Macfarlane, Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia.

FSAC is a non-statutory body established in March 1998. It brings together a range of financial market participants to provide advice to the Government on policies to facilitate the growth of a strong and competitive financial sector. Members are appointed for two years in a personal capacity subject to their continued direct involvement in the financial sector.

Mr Murray brings to the Council his considerable knowledge of the financial sector and its operations while Mr Macfarlane will provide particular skills and insights drawn from his experience at the Reserve Bank.

The appointments take effect from the next meeting of Council scheduled for later this month.

I would also like to extend, on behalf of the Government, my appreciation to Mr Don Argus for his valuable contribution to Council since its establishment. Mr Argus has stepped down from the Council following his departure from the National Australia Bank Group

With the new appointments, the full membership of FSAC will be:

  • Mr Maurice Newman, Chairman of Deutsche Bank and the ASX (Chairman);
  • Mr Terry Budge, Managing Director, Bank of Western Australia;
  • Mrs Patricia Cross, Director, Suncorp-Metway Ltd;
  • Mr Les Hosking, Chief Executive, Sydney Futures Exchange;
  • Mr Richard Sheppard, Deputy Managing Director, Macquarie Bank;
  • Mr Geoff Tomlinson, Director, PriceWaterhouseCoopers;
  • Mr John Trowbridge, Executive Chairman, Trowbridge Consulting;
  • Mr David Murray, Managing Director, Commonwealth Bank of Australia; and
  • Mr Ian Macfarlane, Governor, Reserve Bank of Australia.

CANBERRA 13 August 1999

13 Aug 1999

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