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Ted Wolfers

Edward (Ted) Wolfers is Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of Wollongong. He first travelled to Papua New Guinea (PNG) for a teaching position, unware that this initial visit would be the foundation of a life long passion and association.He served as a Permanent Consultant to the Committee charged with developing a constitution for an independent PNG, was centrally involved in successive PNG Governments and contributed to the Bougainville Peace Process. He has served on the United Nations (UN) Panel on Opportunity and Participation, as an expert at Regional Seminars of the UN Special Committee on Decolonization, been involved in World Bank Roundtables and Parliamentary Committees (in Australia, New Zealand, PNG, the Philippines and the Solomon Islands), and has served as an adviser to PNG delegations to the UN General Assembly and the UN Security Council.

Articles by Ted Wolfers (1)

  • Australia-PNG relations: Decades of missed opportunities

    Last year Papua New Guinea’s High Commissioner to Australia, H. E. Charles Lepani — who was one of the first Papua New Guinean heads of a government department at independence — observed in Reflections: 39 years of Sovereign Statehood in Papua New Guinea that, despite the two countries’ closeness and successive leaders ‘tireless efforts … to build our relations', Australia remains substantially ignorant of Papua New Guinea.