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MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
ALEXANDER DOWNER


 

FA32

24 March 1998

Diplomatic Appointment: Consul-General in Honolulu

I have today announced the appointment of Mr Peter Woolcott as Australian Consul-General in Honolulu.

Mr Woolcott will replace Mr Colin McDonald, who has been Consul-General since October 1995.

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 form 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 which is of fundamental importance to Australia.

The Consulate-General also provides consular services for Australians in Hawaii and Alaska and for British and Canadian nationals in Hawaii. It also assists Austrade in promoting Australian exports in both States.

Mr Woolcott joined the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1981, having practised as a barrister in Sydney for a number of years. He has served in Australian diplomatic missions in Jamaica (1981-83), Argentina (1987-88) and in the Philippines as Deputy Head of Mission (1994-97). Mr Woolcott has been Director of the Sea Law & Ocean Policy Group (1990-91), the Human Rights Section (1992-94) and most recently the India and Indian Ocean Section. Since January 1998 he has held the position of an Assistant Secretary in the South and South East Asia Division.

Mr Woolcott has a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Arts degree from the Australian National University and a Master of Arts degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts/Harvard). He is married and has two sons and a daughter.

Mr Woolcott is expected to take up his appointment in May 1998.


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