David Uren argues that Martin Parkinson, Treasury Secretary, should be kept in place under a Coalition Government because
Installing a Coalition-friendly outsider – names mentioned include NSW Treasury head and former Peter Costello chief of staff Phil Gaetjens, and John Howard’s former department of workplace relations head Peter Boxhall [sic] – would be highly disruptive to the institution.
The Australian Treasury need massive reform, it is a poor reflection of its glorious past. It requires disruptive change.
People such as Henry Ergas, Phil Gaetjens or Peter Boxall (and others) are very well suited to lead Treasury and initiate the reform the institution needs. Martin Parkinson is a professional who realises that a new government may require a different type of Treasury head.
But it is not sufficient to change to a new Treasury Secretary. A significant number of the next two tiers need to change.
Fortunately the Australian talent pool is deep. There are more than sufficient people who are as good, or better, than the incumbents.