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OTHER Greg Combet, 50 Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Procurement, Canberra Member for Charlton Mining engineer, University of NSW G reg Combet was elected to parliament at last November’s federal election, becoming the fi rst parliamentary secretary for defence procurement. His duty is to advise the defence minister on the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO), acquisition, contracting matters, defence industry policy and exports, and programs like Skilling Australian Defence Industry. The DMO reports to Combet, who has been given the task of developing a future reform program for the organisation. He recently started a review of defence procurement and sustainment. According to Combet, expenditure on procurement and sustainment would reach about $10 billion this year. He said his engineering education has proven useful in defence procurement and in politics generally. Prior to entering politics, Combet was secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2006. Michael Dureau, 67 Chairman of RedR Australia and RedR International, Chairman and Executive Director of the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering, Sydney Chemical engineer, University of Sydney gineering services for disaster relief. It is currently working on a $2 million contract from AusAid to oversee aid efforts in Darfur. For example, logistics specialists are making sure warlords are not picking up the airdrops destined for the people of Darfur. R According to its chairman, Professor Michael Dureau, AusAid is so impressed with RedR Australia that it is considering doubling the funding next year. RedR Australia is also deploying personnel to earthquake-struck China and awaiting permission to help cyclone victims in Burma. Dureau is also the chairman of RedR International. His term expires at the end of this year. Dureau was elected chairman of the Warren Centre last De- cember. The centre has started a project to apply fuzzy logic and systems analysis to the education system in Australian schools. Its other projects include developing a code of practice for engineers in conjunction with Engineers Australia and surveying Australian high-rise buildings to fi nd ways to improve their energy effi ciency. The centre is looking to expand the latter into India and China. 60 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2008 edR Australia provides en- Rod Eddington, 58 Chairman of the federal government’s Infrastructure Australia advisory council, Melbourne Mechanical engineer, University of Western Australia S ir Rod Eddington is the chair of federal government’s Infrastructure Australia advisory council. The council will advise on national infrastructure priorities, policy and regulatory reforms and fi nancing mechanisms. Eddington has been the chief business adviser to the Labor Party since 2007. Earlier this year, he completed a study of transport infrastructure for Melbourne. The study, commissioned by the Victorian government, recommended a 17km east-west metro rail tunnel and road connections between the Eastern Freeway and the western suburbs. Eddington is also the non-executive Australia and New Zealand chairman of the bank JPMorgan Chase. He served as chief executive of British Airways between 2000 and 2005 and was executive chairman of Ansett Australia from 1997 to 2000. Book 1.indb 60 Book 1.indb 60 4/6/08 15:17:34 4/6/08 15:17:34