Prime Minister Julia Gillard has officially opened the new section of the ANU Crawford School building, the GJ Yeend Wing. The Prime Minister was on campus to deliver an address to launch the Government’s National Security Strategy.
The new wing, named after Sir Geoffrey Yeend – former Chancellor of ANU and Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet – also houses the Australia and New Zealand School of Government and the ANU National Security College.
“Sir Geoffrey’s service to government extended through eight prime ministers from Chifley through to Hawke, a period in which considerable changes took place in national and community aspirations, in political and policy settings and in prime ministerial styles and personalities,” said ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young AO.
Chancellor Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC said: “[Sir Geoffrey] was unquestionably one of Australia’s finest public servants, one who completely embodied the spirit of commitment to excellent public policymaking which is at the heart of the role of the National Security College, the whole Crawford School, and indeed the whole University, in close partnership with the Australian Government and Parliament.”
The Prime Minister’s speech is available at: http://www.pm.gov.au/