The Hon. Alexander Downer, MP
The Hon. Alexander Downer, MP

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Media Release

Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer
8 February 2001

Diplomatic appointment: Consul-General in Honolulu

I have today announced the appointment of Mr Paul Robilliard as Australia's Consul-General in Honolulu.

Mr Robilliard will replace Mr Peter Woolcott, who has been Consul-General since May 1998. He is expected to take up his appointment in July 2001.

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 and Alaska. Consular services are also provided for these locations from Honolulu.

Mr Robilliard is currently Assistant Secretary, Parliamentary and Media Branch, and the Departmental Senior Spokesperson with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has also served as Assistant Secretary, International Organisations Branch (1998-99); Director, Executive Liaison Section (1996-98); Adviser, Office of the Minister for Foreign Affairs (1990-92); and Desk Officer, Middle East and North Africa Section (1984-86 and again from 1989-90).

Overseas, Mr Robilliard has served as Ambassador to Syria and Lebanon (1992-95), First Secretary in Singapore (1986-89) and Third Secretary in Damascus (1982-84).

Educated at the Australian National University, Mr Robilliard holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honours. He is married with two children.

Media inquiries: 

Matt Francis (Ministerial) 02 62777 500/
Julie McDonald (Departmental) 02 6261 2534/

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