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12 July 1995

AUSTRALIAN Consul-General in Honolulu

The Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Bob McMullan, today announced the appointment of Mr Colin McDonald as Australian Consul-General in Honolulu, in succession to Mr Murray Cobban.

The primary task of the Consulate-General is to maintain close liaison with US Pacific Command (PACOM), which is headquartered in Honolulu. The Commander-in-Chief of PACOM, known as 'CINCPAC', heads a joint unified command with jurisdiction stretching from the West Coast of the United States to the East Coast of Africa, including the Asia-Pacific region. CINCPAC plays a pivotal role in shaping the policies and form of the United States' ongoing strategic and security engagement in the region of fundamental importance to Australia.

The Consulate-General also assists Austrade offices in promoting Australia's trade and commercial interests in Hawaii, Alaska, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), which includes Saipan and Tinian. Consular services are also provided for these locations from Honolulu.

Mr McDonald is a senior career officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He joined the then Department of External Affairs in 1959 and subsequently served in New Delhi, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, the Hague, Port Moresby and Tokyo. From 1982 to 1984 he was High Commissioner to Fiji, and from 1988 to 1992 he was Ambassador to South Africa. Mr McDonald is currently Ambassador to Egypt.

Mr McDonald is expected to take up his appointment in October 1995, assuming duties from Mr Perry Head, who has filled the position in an acting capacity since May of this year.

CANBERRA

Bob McMullan Acting Foreign Minister