Sir Rabbie Namaliu served as Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister in the Government of Papua New Guinea from August 2002 to July 2006, as Minister for Treasury from July 2006 to August 2007, as Prime Minister between 1988-1992, Speaker of the National Parliament between 1994-1997, and Foreign Minister from 1982-1984. Sir Namaliu also held several other senior Ministries including Primary Industry, and Petroleum and Energy, since his first election to Parliament as MP for Kokopo (East New Britain) in 1982. Sir Rabbie had a distinguished public service career before entering Parliament. He was chairman of the Public Services Commission from 1976-1979 and Principal Private Secretary to the Chief Minister and then first Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare from 1974-1975, and as East New Britain Provincial Commissioner in 1976. He was a senior tutor and lecturer in History at the University of Papua New Guinea, and was the first Papua New Guinean graduate to be appointed to the University’s academic staff.