Oala Oala-Rarua

Oala Oala-Rarua (1934-1980), public servant, trade union leader, politician and diplomat. Rarua was born in Pari, near Port Moresby, and educated at London Missionary Society schools. He matriculated at UPNG and became Special Assistant to Assistant Administrator, Dr John Gunther 1960-64. In 1965 he became the first secretary of the Federation of Workers’ Associations. Rarua was a foundation member of PANGU Pati in 1967 but was expelled shortly afterwards. From 1968-72 he represented a Central District electorate in the House of Assembly and was appointed Assistant Ministerial member for the Treasury. He became PNG’s first High Commissioner to Australia 1975.

More about Oala Oala-Rarua: http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/oala-rarua-oala-11270

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