Ex premier named consul-general in New York

By Shannon Jenkins

Friday February 19, 2021

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Former New South Wales premier Nick Greiner will take over from Alastair Walton as Australia’s consul-general in New York.

Nick Greiner

Announcing the appointment on Thursday, foreign affairs minister Marise Payne said Greiner would engage with business leaders in New York and the USA’s Northeast states to “promote Australia’s strengths as a natural trade and investment partner”.

“The consul-general also promotes Australia’s innovative and world class creative industries, education and the arts,” she said.

Greiner was most recently federal president of the Liberal Party, and has previously held the role of NSW opposition leader, as well as senior roles in the private and public sectors. He was premier and treasurer of NSW from 1988 to 1992.

Payne on Thursday also announced the appointments of John Donnelly as Australia’s next high commissioner to Nigeria, and Roger Noble as Australia’s next ambassador for counter-terrorism.

Donnelly is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade — most recently serving in the multilateral economic branch — and has previously served overseas as head of mission in Nauru, and in Amman and Jakarta.

Noble has held a number of senior roles at Australian Defence Force. He was most recently major general and head of military strategic commitments at the ADF headquarters. Prior to that, he was deputy chief of joint operations and deployments to Iraq as deputy coalition land force commander, and to Afghanistan with the International Security Assistance Force.

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