Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd today announced the appointment of Mr Scott Dewar as Australia’s next Consul-General in Honolulu.
Mr Dewar is expected to take up his appointment next month, and will replace Mr David Binns who has been Consul-General since August 2007.
One of the Consulate-General’s central functions is to maintain close liaison with US Pacific Command (PACOM), headquartered in Honolulu. PACOM directs and coordinates the presence of US military forces in Asia, the Pacific and the eastern Indian Ocean. The active engagement of PACOM in the region makes an important contribution to stability.
PACOM is a key player in Australia’s alliance relationship with the United States. Australia cooperates closely with PACOM and its component commands on a wide range of challenges including delivering humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. This was effectively demonstrated in our responses to the recent Japan earthquake and tsunami.
The mission provides consular services to Australians in Hawaii, as well as Canadian and British nationals.
Mr Dewar is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and until recently was seconded as a Visiting Fellow to the Australian Centre on China in the World at the Australian National University. Between February 2008 and September 2010 he was an adviser on international, defence and national security issues in the Prime Minister’s Office. Mr Dewar has previously served overseas with DFAT in China and Korea.
Mr Dewar holds a Master of Arts in Foreign Affairs and Trade from Monash University and a Bachelor of Arts with honours from the University of Melbourne. He is married with three sons.
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