I acknowledge the exceptional work of the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Dr Paul Grimes PSM.


I worked closely with Paul during my time as Minister for the Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.


In every dealing I had with Paul he was the epitome of the frank and fearless public servant.


Paul’s advice was without exception thoughtful, incisive and unashamedly independent.


His departure is a significant loss to the Australian Public Service.


I enjoyed working with Paul, and I wish him all the best.