16 December 1998
Consular Corp Luncheon hosted by Chief Minister Shane L. Stone at Parliament House Darwin. Honorary Consul for Sri Lanka Mr Sam Samarasinghe standing with Chief Minister. The Northern Territory is one of the most culturally diverse jurisdictions in Australia. Regular Consular Luncheons were held to thank those members of the Consular Corp for their volunteer honorary commitment to their respective nation states they represented. Indonesia alone maintained a regular Mission at Consul General level staffed by Foreign Affairs staff. The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade also maintained an office in Darwin in recognition of the Northern Territory's successful engagement of the Asia Pacific region.