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Paul Holloway, 59 Minister for Police, Minister for Mineral Resources Development, Minister for Urban Development and Planning, Government Upper House Leader, South Australian government, Adelaide Electrical engineer, University of Adelaide T he agencies Paul Holloway oversees include Mineral Resources Development, Planning SA and SA Police with a total expenditure budget of some $597 million. He has been involved in implementing the Plan for Accelerating Exploration, which tripled the investment in mineral exploration in South Australia to more than $330 million a year. Holloway said that engineering provides valuable training for politics. “Although it has been some years since I have worked as an engineer, the skills provided by that training have proved to be equally useful in my role as a government minister, where much of the work involves public administration of complex portfolios,” he said. “A background in engineering is an invaluable tool for problem solving whether you are faced with technical or complex political issues.” Holloway was elected to state parliament for the fi rst time in 1989 and held a variety of portfolios including a stint as attorneygeneral. In addition to his engineering qualifi cation, he holds degrees in science and economics. Campbell Newman, 44 Lord-Mayor of Brisbane Civil engineer, University of NSW I n March, Campbell Newman was reelected as lord-mayor of Brisbane, winning 66.15% of the two-party preferred vote. His fellow Liberal Party candidates picked up six more seats in the city council and the party is now in the majority. He has also been reelected as chairman of southeast Queensland’s Council of Mayors. Next month he plans to go with Brisbane business leaders to China to look for new commercial opportunities. The council’s budget is approximately $2.3 billion. The council recently resolved to support increased heights and densities in Fortitude Valley, South Brisbane, Kurilpa, West End and Woolloongabba, in preference to greenfi eld development and urban sprawl. F Ken Michael, 70 Governor of Western Australia, Perth Civil engineer, University of Western Australia Australia since 2006. Travelling to different areas of the state is a duty he particularly appreciates. “Through these visits, I have had the opportunity to see many engineering organisations and projects, allowing me to maintain my continuing personal interest in engineering.” Prior to his appointment as governor, Michael held several senior positions in Western Australia including commissioner of Main Roads and chancellor of the University of WA. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2006 and is an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia. D rank Sartor was elected to the NSW Parliament in 2003. His fi rst ministerial portfolios were energy, utilities, science and medical research. He became planning minister in 2005 and took over the arts portfolio after the 2007 state election. He was previously lord-mayor of Sydney. Sartor said his engineering training is useful in government and politics. The analytical approach helps with “back-of-envelope” thinking – deciding whether an idea makes sense. He said his recent achievements included working on planning reform for the state and becoming a father to his third son, William Cesare, who was born last December. On 15 May Sartor tabled the bill to overhaul the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act. Frank Sartor, 57 Minister for Planning, Minister for the Arts, Member for Redfern-Waterloo, NSW government, Sydney, Chemical engineer, University of Sydney Speaking at an alumni function celebrating 125 years of engineering at the University of Sydney, he said some of the government’s main challenges are climate change, public and private transport, and maintaining energy and water supplies. TOP 100 AUSTRALIA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS 61 r Ken Michael has been the governor of Western Book 1.indb 61 Book 1.indb 61 4/6/08 15:17:39 4/6/08 15:17:39