Australia

Criminalisation of homosexual behaviour in Pacific countries undermining HIV effort, advocates say

Fri 25 Jul 2014 -

MELBOURNE, Australia ---This week's International Aids Conference in Melbourne has heard that laws which criminalise homosexual sex are undermining efforts to prevent and treat HIV.

Australian PM pulls out of Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting to deal with MH 17 tragedy

Fri 25 Jul 2014 -

CANBERRA, Australia ---- Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, will not be attending the Pacific Islands Forum in Palau next week.

Bill Clinton: Aids-free generation within reach if we boost HIV treatment

Thu 24 Jul 2014 -

MELBOURNE, Australia ---The world needs to “scale up” its treatment of HIV – particularly in women and children – to achieve the cherished goal of a generation free of Aids, the former US president Bill Clinton has said.

Australian aid and trade watchdogs denounce Pacific Free Trade Agreement

Thu 24 Jul 2014 -

SYDNEY, Australia ---- Independent Australian organisations, the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINET) and AID/WATCH, Australia's aid monitor, have voiced serious concerns about the PACER-Plus Free Trade Agreement currently being negotiated between Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Island Countries.

HIV breakthrough reveals virus hidden in immune system cells

Wed 23 Jul 2014 -

Cancer-fighting drug romidepsin has been shown to expose hibernating HIV, making it susceptible to attack

Cancer-fighting drug romidepsin has been shown to expose hibernating HIV, making it susceptible to attack

Wed 23 Jul 2014 -

MELBOURNE, Australia ---- Danish researchers have used an anti-cancer medicine to to activate HIV hidden in the cells of patients taking anti-HIV drugs, exposing the virus to the immune system and making it susceptible to attack.

Global study finds major decline of death, infections from HIV, tuberculosis and malaria

Wed 23 Jul 2014 -

MELBOURNE, Australia ---- Researchers are hailing a significant drop in the number of deaths and infections worldwide from HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.

Breaking open public places – UNFPA launches coolibah

Wed 23 Jul 2014 -

MELBOURNE, Australia ---- At the International AIDS Conference 2014 , The United Nations Population Fund launched its youth networking zone called the coolibah, where, throughout the week, it will host a range of activities for and with young people, including a series of luncheons with leaders in the field of ...

UNDP Administrator sees stronger role for lawmakers in eradicating AIDS

Wed 23 Jul 2014 -

MELBOURNE, Australia ---- Tackling HIV requires courageous and committed policy-makers and law-makers said the UN’s development chief at the 20th International AIDS Conference.

The gutting of Radio Australia

Wed 23 Jul 2014 -

The ABC’s international broadcasting to the Pacific islands is being devastated by the latest round of staffing cuts, writes Nic Maclellan

Fiji's leadership in HIV/AIDS campaign commended by UNFPA

Wed 23 Jul 2014 -

MELBOURNE, Australia ----The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) this week conveyed its gratitude and appreciation on Fiji's leadership role in working towards reducing HIV/AIDS statistics in the Pacific.

The gutting of Radio Australia

* Nic Maclellan
Tue 22 Jul 2014 -

We’re sitting on the grass in the village of Matangi on the island of Futuna. This is one of the more isolated communities in Vanuatu, a small group of houses on a small island at the south-eastern extreme of the archipelago.

Push on in the fight against AIDS: Fijian President Ratu Epeli

Mon 21 Jul 2014 -

MELBOURNE, Australia --- Fijian President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau has called on world leaders to continue the fight against HIV/AIDS beyond 2015.

Push on in the fight against AIDS: Fijian President Ratu Epeli

Mon 21 Jul 2014 -

MELBOURNE, Australia --- Fijian President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau has called on world leaders to continue the fight against HIV/AIDS beyond 2015.

Push on in the fight against AIDS: Fijian President Ratu Epeli

Mon 21 Jul 2014 -

MELBOURNE, Australia --- Fijian President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau has called on world leaders to continue the fight against HIV/AIDS beyond 2015.

At conference, UNAIDS chief calls for end to 'hypocrisy' in fighting HIV/AIDS

Mon 21 Jul 2014 -

MELBOURNE, Australia --- The head of the United Nations agency dealing with HIV and AIDS today urged world leaders at an international conference in Australia to end the hypocrisy on sex and make treatment and reproductive health education universally available.

Push on in the fight against AIDS: Fijian President Ratu Epeli

Mon 21 Jul 2014 -

MELBOURNE, Australia --- Fijian President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau has called on world leaders to continue the fight against HIV/AIDS beyond 2015.

Paedophile accused 'posed as welfare officer' in Vanuatu

Fri 18 Jul 2014 -

SYDNEY, Australia ---- Accused paeodphile Gregory Druery used his position of trust with the church and families to abuse children, Australian police say.

Japan’s PM visits Papua New Guinea to promote militarist agenda

Will Morrow
Thu 17 Jul 2014 -

SYDNEY, Australia --- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s spent two full days in the resource-rich South Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea (PNG) last Friday and Saturday, underscoring the geo-strategic ambitions behind his government’s decision to “re-interpret” Japan’s constitution to enable the country’s armed forces to engage in overseas military ...

World Bank Group to help Developing Countries implementing WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

Thu 17 Jul 2014 -

SYDNEY, Australia --- The World Bank Group today launched a new program which will help developing countries reduce costs and improve speed and efficiency of trade at their borders by simplifying their customs procedures.

Eighty jobs to go at ABC News and Australia Network

Tue 15 Jul 2014 -

MELBOURNE, Australia --- About 80 jobs at the ABC will go following the federal government’s decision to axe the Australia Network international broadcasting service.

A call for strong measures to save the Pacific bluefin tuna fishery after a 96% decline in breeding stock

Mon 14 Jul 2014 -

MELBOURNE, Australia --- The Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) is urging Pacific fisheries to immediately halve their catch limits to preserve bluefin tuna stocks for the long-term.

Australian Immigration Minister denies concern over Jolie trip to Nauru

Mon 14 Jul 2014 -

MELBOURNE, Australia --- Australia's Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has rejected suggestions he has concerns about Angelina Jolie visiting Nauru, after the island nation confirmed the Hollywood actress had accepted an invitation.

Australia warns political instability unhelpful for PNG

Wed 25 Jun 2014 -

SYDNEY, Australia ---- Australia on Tuesday warned neighbouring Papua New Guinea against political instability after the Pacific nation's leader was accused of authorising millions of dollars in illegal payments.

Bishop restates support for Fiji election, Queen's interest in Fiji

Wed 25 Jun 2014 -

CANBERRA, Australia ----Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop has been updated on Fiji's progress towards its first democratic elections in nearly a decade.