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John Craig's primary qualification was in civil engineering. He graduated in 1967 from the University of Queensland.
for more than 25 years on strategic policy R&D functions
with the Coordinator General's and Premier's Departments in Queensland, and
subsequently as the principal of a Centre for Policy and Development Systems.
During this period he had the opportunity to learn something about regional Queensland while acting in 1973 as Regional Coordinator for North Queensland when regional planning machinery was being trialled, and to write a Master's thesis related to coordination in government in 1978.
From 1979 to 1982 three years were spent with the Snowy Mountains Engineering
Corporation on construction of the Wivenhoe Power Station.
He was excluded from all meaningful work at the close of the Bjelke
Peterson era in Queensland after having blown the whistle on the influence
that ultranationalist Japanese organized crime seemed to be having on
Japan's and Queensland's economic (and political) affairs (see
Japan's Post-WWII Political and Economic Systems and
The Dark Side of
Japan in Australia). He was then subject to an abuse of natural
justice under the incoming Goss administration - when an administrative
appeal endorsed the Department of Premier and Cabinet's refusal to allow
professional merit to be considered in a dispute about the process of
filling a senior policy R&D position (see
Seeking Natural Justice).
One observer saw this as a test case in relation to the Westminster
tradition of an independent professional Public Service (McDermott P.,
`Tenure of Senior Queensland Public Servants',
Australian Journal of Public Administration, March 1993). The latter
events need to be viewed in the context of the incoming administration's
inexperience, incompetence and emphasis on consolidating its political
power rather than on the requirements of effective government (see
Towards Good Government in
Evidence of Dysfunctions, 2001+; and
Reform of Queensland Institutions or a Rising Tide of Public Hypocrisy?,
Through the Centre for Policy and Development Systems restoration of a professional basis for Public Service has been advocated, as politicisation (ie seeking a Public Service dominated by politically-compliant-rather-than-professionally-competent 'yes men') proved damaging not only to government effectiveness, but also personally.
Efforts have also been made to strengthen the ability of civil institutions to (a) take a lead in identifying enterprising options for community or economic development and (b) provide more modern and practical inputs to the democratic political process.
Building on study of the different intellectual foundations for economic development in Western and East Asian societies, efforts have been made to explore issues related to the implications for global society of the potential 'clash of civilizations', including the war against terror and the global financial crisis as manifestations of those unresolved tensions.
Detailed CV for John Craig
Secondary Education at Church of England Grammar School (Brisbane). Senior Examination (1963) with 7 A's. Initial tertiary education at University of Queensland (Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) in 1967 with First Class Honours and a University Medal). Master of Engineering Science from University of Queensland (1978) with an interdisciplinary orientation. A thesis dealt with methods for coordination of government planning based on Queensland's experiences during the 1970s.
1964 - 1966: University vacation experience - Main Roads Department (Queensland); Coffey and Hollingsworth (Soil engineers); and Hydro-Electric Commission (Tasmania).
1968 and 1969: Army - National service, including war service in Vietnam in 1969.
1970 to 1978: Coordinator General’s Department - Various engineering positions in the Coordinator General’s Department where a systems approach was being used to develop the ability of the public sector to respond to matters of then current critical concern such as regional development, energy policy, disaster control and environmental management. This involved the development of several mechanisms for regional and administrative coordination (eg involving a position as Acting Regional Coordinator for North Queensland in 19973/74), public works programming and study in depth of public sector coordination and administration for a Master’s thesis.
1979 - 1982: Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation - On secondment for construction of Wivenhoe Hydro-electric Power Station. Acting as Resident Engineer (Power Station) for a period during this time.
1982 to 1989: Coordinator General’s Department (later Premier’s Department) - In various policy research and development positions concerning the application of a systems development approach to economic issues. This involved research related to policy for technological development, contributions to several government economic strategies and participation in concept development for proposals for developing Queensland’s economy such as the Japanese Multi Function Polis and the Cape York International Spaceport.
October 1989 - May 1992: Department of Premier, Economic and Trade Development - Senior Executive Officer, Office of State Development, and in Economic and Trade Development Division from August 1990. Researched various economic and administrative development issues, and initiated concept development for a trade Gateway role for Brisbane.
May 1992 - June 1996: Centre for Policy and Development Systems - Undertook research independently or on commission oriented to stimulating and supporting organisations interested in administrative, economic or organisational development.
A book outlining conclusions over the previous decade research related to economic development was completed and published: Transforming the Tortoise: A Breakthrough to Improve Australia's Place in the Economic Race? (May 1993).
July 1996 - July 1998: Office of Coordinator General - Research and development was undertaken on a large range of strategic issues related to Queensland’s modernisation.
August 1998 - present: Centre for Policy and Development Systems - Most CPDS activities can be readily identified through the CPDS web-site. Other minor research activities included: development of an institutional architecture to enable accelerated development of economic capabilities for a major sub-regional complex near Brisbane; provision of technical support to groups interested in community and economic development in rural areas.