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Diplomatic Appointment: Consul-General in Noumea

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FA116 28 August 1998


I have today announced the appointment of Ms Sally Mansfield as Australian Consul-General in Noumea, with jurisdiction in the Territories of New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Wallis and Futuna.

Ms Mansfield will replace Mr Graeme Wilson, who has been Consul-General since August 1995.

The Australian Government places considerable importance on its relations with France in the South Pacific and on developing further Australia’s links with the French Pacific Territories.

Australia’s representation in Noumea has been important in our relations with France since 1942 when Australia first established a post in New Caledonia.

In relation to New Caledonia, the Australian Government continues to strongly support the process of political, economic and social development embodied in the 1998 Noumea Accord agreed between the Government of France and the main political groupings in New Caledonia.

Noumea is also the headquarters of the Pacific Community (SPC), the oldest and largest regional organisation, which brings together 27 states and territories. The Australian Government acknowledges the importance of the economic and social programs of the Pacific Community.

They make a substantial contribution to enhancing the wellbeing of the people of all Pacific island countries, and to sustainable economic development within the region.

Ms Mansfield, a career foreign service officer, joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 1985. She has served at the Australian Embassy in Tel Aviv and worked in the Middle East and Africa Sections, as well as on personnel and management issues in Canberra. From 1993-1995 she was seconded to the United Nations as Deputy Director of the United Nations International Drug

Control Program (UNDCP) field office in Burma. Since 1995 she has been Director, Parliamentary Liaison and FOI Section, and acting head of the Parliamentary and Media Branch.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Western Australia and an International Diploma of Public Administration from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (Paris). She will be accompanied by her spouse, Mr Jon Philp, who is also an Australian career diplomat.

Ms Mansfield is expected to take up her appointment in October 1998.


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