Australian Ambassador to Micronesia Susan Cox speaks Bislama

Friday, December 12, 2008

Ostrelia i kaontri long Pasifik we olgeta save tok tok long English. Kapital blong hem i Canberra. Praem minister blong Ostrelia hemi Kevin Rudd. Kween blong Ostrelia hemi Elisabet II.

Assuming she didn't spend any/much time in Vanuatu besides her period there from 1998 to 2001 (which could be anywhere from a bit over two to almost four years), she probably became fluent in the language during that period alone. I've seen a few other blogs here and there written by people that have spent some time there and they claim to be more or less fluent in the language too.

Here's what the article (Saipan Tribune) says:

According to the Australia's DFAT website, prior to her appointment to Micronesia, Cox served as director in her country's Post Security Task Force. Cox has served as deputy high commissioner in Port Vila from 1998 to 2001 and as vice-consul in Noumea from 1990 to 1993. She has also served in Cairo.


Cox was awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia for her role in the management of the response to the Bali bombings in October 2002. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Canberra and was awarded a University medal in 1997. She speaks French and Bislama.
Here's her official page on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. I think I'll try to get in contact with them to see if there are any appearances of her in the media or elsewhere speaking in Bislama (or anything she's written in the language). We Bislama fans have a hard time finding much in the language, you see.


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