Sean Dorney honoured in Australia’s Queen’s Birthday Awards

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PNG’s most respected Australian journalist Sean Dorney, as part of Australia’s 2020 Queens Birthday Honours has been named an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for “distinguished service to Australia-Papua New Guinea relations, to the broadcast media as a journalist, and as an author”.

Dorney, an Australian journalist, foreign correspondent, and writer with an extensive career covering the Pacific and PNG for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for over 4 decades, was among 50 other Australians receiving the AO in this year’s honours list.

A non-resident Fellow of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, Dorney is married to Pauline Dorney, a retired radio journalist from Manus Island.

As a distinguished author, Dorney has published the following books:

  • Papua New Guinea: People, Politics and History since 1975 (1990)
  • The Sandline Affair: Politics and Mercenaries and the Bougainville Crisis (1998)
  • The Embarrassed Colonialist (2016)

Here are other significant awards Dorney has received through his career:

  • Dorney was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1990 by the Papua New Guinean Government for his reporting on the Sandline affair.
  • He won a Walkley Award for his coverage of the Aitape tsunami in 1998.
  • Also in 1998, the Pacific Islands News Association awarded Dorney Pacific Media Freedom Award.
  • The Australian Government recognised Dorney as a Member of the Order of Australia in 2000 for “For service to journalism as a foreign correspondent”.
  • The Australian Council for International Development awarded Dorney their inaugural Media Award in October 2012.
  • In 2018 he was awarded a Walkley Award for Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism.
  • Dorney was recognised as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs in November 2018.
  • In 2019, the Government of Papua New Guinea recognised Dorney as a Companion of the Star of Melanesia.

Dorney was also a member of the PNG Kumuls Rugby League Team in 1975 and 1976 including serving as its captain in his last game in 1976.

PNG congratulates you Sean.

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