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An Australian diplomat who regarded Samoa as his home has been accorded one of the
highest honours in Australia.
Former Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, the late Greg Urwin has been made a Member of the Order of Australia.
The honour was revealed by Australia’s High Commissioner, Matt Anderson, during the local celebration to mark Australia Day in Apia. Australia Day is celebrated 26 January every year.
Mr Anderson hosted a cocktail reception at the Australian diplomatic residential compound, Avele, for the local Australian community and guests.
“I’m pleased to announce that today, a favourite son of both Australia and Samoa was recognised in the Australia Day Honours List,” Mr Anderson said.
“The late Greg Urwin, most recently Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, was honoured for his work within the region and made a Member of the Order of Australia.” Mr Anderson said.
SOURCE: SAMOA OBSERVER/PACNEWS
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