Former Australians of the Year criticise immigration policy

Wed 28 Jan 2015 -

SYDNEY, Australia ---- Former Australians of the Year have written to the Federal government calling for all children to be removed immediately from immigration detention, drawing on Australia's strong values of fairness and equality.

Terrifying 'living fossil' frilled shark found off Australian coast

Thu 22 Jan 2015 -

VICTORIA, Australia ---- A rare and terrifying frilled shark has been pulled from the water by fishermen near Lakes Entrance in Victoria, Australia.

Speculation over changes in Fiji and the Pacific’s banking sector

Dennis Rounds and Samisoni Pareti
Mon 19 Jan 2015 -

Fiji’s business sector is abuzz with speculations about possible major changes on the local and Pacific regional banking scenes.

Namosi Mine Protest Flares Up Again

Samisoni Pareti
Thu 15 Jan 2015 -

Landowners’ opposition to the proposed multi-million dollar copper and gold mine on central Viti Levu, Fiji’s main island has flared up again this week with the arrest by Fijian police of a 57-year old landowner.

January 2015

Australia resists new-look forum

Nic Maclellan

THE last time an Australian Prime Minister attended the Pacific Islands Forum was in August 2012. And a number of pressing issues will draw Australian attention to the region in 2015. Following Fiji’s elections, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has been wooing the Bainimarama government to return to full participation ...

Martin Place, Sydney siege over, gunman identified as Man Haron Monis

Tue 16 Dec 2014 -

SYDNEY, Australia --- Three people, including the gunman, are dead as the Sydney cafe siege ended in a volley of gunfire shortly after 2am on Tuesday.

Pacific Sport: The best of 2014

Peter Rees
Tue 09 Dec 2014 -

It was a remarkable year for athletes of Pacific heritage in the international arena.

Australian support for France’s nuclear force

Nic Maclellan
Thu 27 Nov 2014 -

In his final press conference during his state visit to Australia, French President Francois Hollande praised the contribution of Australian companies to France’s nuclear strike force. However the full translation of these comments went missing from the transcript published by Prime Minister Abbott’s office.

U.S and Kiribati sign historic cooperative arrangement to protect vital marine habitat in the Pacific

Fri 14 Nov 2014 -

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA ---- U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell joined Kiribati President Anote Tong to sign a Cooperative Arrangement to coordinate and jointly support research and conservation activities for nearly 490,000 square nautical miles in the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument in the United States and the Phoenix ...

Helping Pacific islanders eat more "greens"

Tue 04 Nov 2014 -

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA --- University of Adelaide research is helping indigenous Pacific Island and Torres Strait Islander people eat more "greens" to improve their diet and help combat disease.

Plan to review Pacific Islands Forum sparks concern

Tue 04 Nov 2014 -

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA --- An analyst with a regional think tank says there is no need for more tinkering with the Pacific's regional agencies.

Australia to lift sanctions imposed on Fiji after 2006 military coup

Fri 31 Oct 2014 -

CANBERRA, Australia -----Australia is lifting the remaining sanctions on Fiji that have been in place since the 2006 military coup led by Frank Bainimarama.

Nauru’s road from bird droppings to bust

Jamie Smyth
Wed 01 Oct 2014 -

SYDNEY, Australia --- Not long ago it was one of the world’s richest nations due to its abundant supply of phosphate, a key ingredient in fertiliser formed from bird droppings. But the tiny South Pacific island of Nauru warned on Tuesday it faces financial ruin following a US hedge fund’s ...

New Caledonian, Chinese companies plan Vanuatu nickel partnership

Wed 01 Oct 2014 -

SYDNEY, Australia --- The South Pacific islands of New Caledonia and Vanuatu are studying a plan to jointly mine and process nickel ores into refined metal to help produce stainless steel in China.

P&O revitalising domestic tourism by sea

Tue 30 Sep 2014 -

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA ----- From pioneering cruising in Australia nearly 83 years ago, P&O Cruises Australia are moving into the new era of cruising with a bigger, better product.

Water purifier made from foil chip packets and glass tube might save lives in PNG

Tue 16 Sep 2014 -

ADELAIDE, Australia --- Adelaide engineering students have developed a simple water treatment system using foil chip packets and glass tubing, hoping they can save lives in the developing world.

Submarines purchase bolsters Japan, US ties — shift risks China row

Tue 09 Sep 2014 -

CANBERRA, Australia ----Australia is set to turn to Japan for its biggest defence contract, the purchase of up to 12 new submarines, a move that threatens to antagonise China and create significant geopolitical consequences for the region.

Australia providing support to secure release of 45 Fijian peacekeepers: Julie Bishop

Tue 09 Sep 2014 -

CANBERRA, Australia ----Australia is offering every possible assistance to Fiji in efforts to help secure the safe release of 45 captured United Nations peacekeepers, according to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

Federal Parliament recognises mistreatment of South Sea Islander workers

Tue 02 Sep 2014 -

BRISBANE, Australia ---- A motion has been presented in Federal Parliament expressing regret over the treatment of thousands of South Sea Islanders brought to Australia in the 1800s.

Samoa's prime minister calls on Abbott to forget budget and act on climate change

Fri 29 Aug 2014 -

APIA, Samoa ---- Samoa's prime minister has called on Australia to lift its focus from the federal budget and lead the way on climate change.

Professor Ross Garnaut says China can help lead push in reducing world's carbon emissions

Wed 27 Aug 2014 -

MELBOURNE, Australia ----China, one of the biggest greenhouse polluters, may yet be one of the best chances the world has of avoiding dangerous climate change, according to climate policy expert Ross Garnaut.

How Fiji outsmarted Australia

Alex Stewart
Wed 27 Aug 2014 -

SYDNEY, Australia ----Last Friday Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama began his first visit to Australia since taking power in 2006. In response to the 2006 coup, Canberra had imposed travel bans for all members of the Fijian government. These were abandoned earlier this year by the Abbott Government.

Protest against Fiji leader in Australia

Mon 25 Aug 2014 -

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA ---- Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama's campaign rally in Sydney was met by a protest Saturday, as he prepares for the Pacific state's first election in eight years.

Neptune Pacific Line to acquire Polynesian Shipping line

Fri 22 Aug 2014 -

BRISBANE, Australia ----- Neptune Pacific Line has announced that it will buy Polynesian Shipping Line.

Australia to co-lead international observation of Fijian election

Thu 14 Aug 2014 -

Australia will co-lead the Multinational Observation Group for the Fiji elections on 17 September, at the invitation of Fiji. This development is a further sign of the Australian Government’s commitment to normalise relations with Fiji, as well as our support to Fiji’s electoral process and return to democracy.