Indonesian interpreter's Kempsey connection

From Kempsey to Jakarta: Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker (second from left) and his interpreter, Kempsey-raised Murray O'Hanlon (fourth from left) at their meeting in Jakarta this week.
From Kempsey to Jakarta: Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker (second from left) and his interpreter, Kempsey-raised Murray O'Hanlon (fourth from left) at their meeting in Jakarta this week.

An international political meeting in Indonesia this week was the stage for an unlikely reunion for some Cowper constituents.

It occurred when Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker, attending Indonesia-Australia Business Week, had a meeting on Thursday with Edhy Prabowo, a senior politician with responsibility for agricultural policy in Jakarta.

It turns out that Mr Hartsuyker’s interpreter for that meeting was Murray O’Hanlon, who grew up in the Macleay Valley, went to Kempsey High School, and is now first secretary (development cooperation) at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta. Mr O’Hanlon has been in Indonesia for two years working for Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 

Kempsey connection: Kempsey's Murray O'Hanlon translates for Luke Hartsuyker at the meeting this week.

Kempsey connection: Kempsey's Murray O'Hanlon translates for Luke Hartsuyker at the meeting this week.