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NBN senior staffer quits Sen Conroy’s DBCDE


Deputy Secretary of the National Broadband Network within the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) Colin Lyons has quit, effective the end of February 2010.

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy today thanked Mr Lyons for his esteemed work and dedication to the Department.

“Col has been a very valued member of the Department’s Executive for a long time and has played a key role in developing the National Broadband Network,” Senator Conroy said.

“He is highly regarded within the Australian Public Service and I would like to thank Col for his time and efforts in the Department. His experience and knowledge has been greatly valued.”

Mr Lyons joined the Communications Department in 1981 and currently has responsibility for implementation of the Government’s National Broadband Network initiative.

In 2004 he was awarded the Public Service Medal in recognition of his work on telecommunications competition and regulatory issues for his paper “developing and implementing new accounting separation arrangements for Telstra”.

Senator Conroy said Mr Lyon’s career with the Australian Public Service, and more specifically in the communications portfolio, has seen him in many roles including the First Assistant Secretary of the Broadband Division and a range of Assistant Secretary positions dealing with telecommunications and broadcasting policy.

Mr Lyons will finish at the end of February. Daryl Quinlivan, currently a Deputy Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, will take over Mr Lyons’ position.

iTwire reports a DBDCE spokesperson said: “Daryl Quinlivan is a very experienced deputy secretary of the Australian Public Service, whose transfer into this position will provide the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy with an immediate infusion of high-level skills and experience across infrastructure investment, competition policy and commercial negotiation.”

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