Tony Cole

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Tony Cole
AO
Secretary of the Department of Human Services and Health
In office
23 December 1993 – 1 July 1994
Secretary of the Department of Health, Housing, Local Government and Community Services
In office
24 March 1993 – 23 December 1993
Secretary of the Department of the Treasury
In office
14 February 1991 – 24 March 1993
Personal details
Born Anthony Stuart Cole
(1947-03-17) 17 March 1947 (age 67)
Macksville, New South Wales
Nationality Australia Australian
Alma mater University of Sydney
Occupation Public servant

Anthony Stuart "Tony" Cole AO (born 17 March 1947) is a retired senior Australian public servant. He served the Commonwealth in various capacities for over 25 years.

Early life[edit]

Cole was born in Macksville, New South Wales on 17 March 1947.[1] He attended Macksville High School.[1]

Career[edit]

In 1968, Cole graduated with a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney and joined the Department of the Treasury.[2][3]

From 1979 Cole spent two years as a senior World Bank official, saying these years were crucial in developing his views on economic policy.[4] Shortly after in 1983 Cole was appointed principal private secretary to Treasurer Paul Keating, working in the role until October 1985.[3][5]

He was appointed the thirteenth Secretary of the Department of the Treasury in 1991, remaining in the role until 1993 when he transferred to another role as Secretary of the Department of Health, Housing, Local Government and Community Services (later Department of Human Services and Health).[3][6] There was speculation at the time that Cole was removed as Treasury Secretary due to evidence he gave to a Senate inquiry into Victoria's debt blowout, the Treasurer, John Dawkins, denied the suggestion, stating that his move was just a normal part of the re-establishment of administration following an election.[7]

Cole left the Public Service in 1994.[3] When he left, John Taylor, the Commonwealth Auditor-General at the time, told media "it's a tragedy that somebody of the standing and even future potential of Tony Cole should be lost to public service".[8]

Since leaving the public sector, Cole was a Senior Investment Consultant and Executive in the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation’s investment consulting business for 17 years, including heading the business in the Asia Pacific region for more than five years.[2]

In 2013 and 2014 he was a member of the Abbott Government's National Commission of Audit, which was established to improve the Australian government's budget.[9]

Awards[edit]

In 1995 Cole was honoured as an Officer of the Order of Australia, in recognition of service to the development of public sector policy.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b CP 617: Anthony Stuart COLE, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 17 January 2014 
  2. ^ a b Executive Profile: Anthony Stuart Cole AM, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, archived from the original on 30 December 2013 
  3. ^ a b c d Department of the Treasury (2001), "1991 - 2001 Key outcomes and developments", The Treasury Annual Report 2000–2001 (Department of the Treasury), archived from the original on 4 July 2012 
  4. ^ Goldfinch, Shaun (2000), Remaking New Zealand and Australian Economic Policy: Ideas, Institutions and Policy Communities, Victoria University Press, p. 49, ISBN 0 86473 393 3 
  5. ^ Burgess, Verona (8 February 1991). "'Open mind' over Treasury posting". The Canberra Times. p. 3. 
  6. ^ CA 7660: Department of Health, Housing, Local Government and Community Services, Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 2 December 2013 
  7. ^ "Dawkins denies Cole was 'punished'". The Canberra Times. AAP. 30 March 1993. p. 2. 
  8. ^ Burgess, Verona (26 June 1994). "Departure of Cole 'should not have been allowed'". The Canberra Times. p. 3. 
  9. ^ Hurst, Daniel (15 January 2014). "Australia's budget is deteriorating, says commission of audit head". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 5 May 2014. 
  10. ^ Search Australian Honours: COLE, Anthony Stuart, Australian Government, retrieved 31 December 2013 
Government offices
Preceded by
Himself
as Secretary of the Department of Health, Housing, Local Government and Community Services
Secretary of the Department of Human Services and Health
1993 – 1994
Succeeded by
Stephen Duckett
Preceded by
Chris Conybeare
as Secretary of the Department of Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs
Secretary of the Department of Health, Housing, Local Government and Community Services
1993
Succeeded by
Himself
as Secretary of the Department of Human Services and Health
Preceded by
Stuart Hamilton
as Secretary of the Department of Health, Housing and Community Services
Preceded by
Chris Higgins
Secretary of the Department of the Treasury
1991 – 1993
Succeeded by
Ted Evans