Sean is a Brisbane-based journalist and author who this year published his latest work, The Embarrassed Colonialist, about Australia’s colonisation of PNG. Sean is a Non-resident Fellow at the Lowy Institute. After reporting on the Pacific (with a particular focus on Papua New Guinea) for over four decades,
Sean left the ABC in August 2014. During his time with the ABC, he won a Walkley Award for his coverage of the Aitape tsunami and was both deported and awarded an MBE by the Papua New Guinean Government. He is the author of Papua New Guinea: People, politics, and history since 1975 and The Sandline Affair: Politics and Mercenaries and the Bougainville crisis.