In statements issued Nov. 24, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop paid tribute to Mr Varghese.
Ms Bishop said Mr Varghese had had a distinguished career in Australia’s diplomatic service.
“Mr Varghese is one of Australia’s most esteemed public servants and diplomats, having served as Secretary since 2012, High Commissioner to India from 2009–2012 and Director-General of the Office of National Assessments from 2004–2009,” she said.
“Importantly, Mr Varghese has been a constant source of sage advice during a time of significant international challenges. I have personally benefited from his calm, competent and insightful counsel.”
University of Queensland Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said Mr Varghese had …