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.
VICTORIA, Australia ---- A rare and terrifying frilled shark has been pulled from the water by fishermen near Lakes Entrance in Victoria, Australia.
Mon 19 Jan 2015 -
Fiji’s business sector is abuzz with speculations about possible major changes on the local and Pacific regional banking scenes.
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.
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 ...
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.
Tue 09 Dec 2014 -
It was a remarkable year for athletes of Pacific heritage in the international arena.
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
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 ...
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.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA --- An analyst with a regional think tank says there is no need for more tinkering with the Pacific's regional agencies.
CANBERRA, Australia -----Australia is lifting the remaining sanctions on Fiji that have been in place since the 2006 military coup led by Frank Bainimarama.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BRISBANE, Australia ----- Neptune Pacific Line has announced that it will buy Polynesian Shipping Line.
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.
- Wed 28 Jan - Australia: Former Australians of the Year criticise immigration policy
- Wed 28 Jan - Papua New Guinea: Another 42 prisoners escaped at Madang Police cells
- Wed 28 Jan - American Samoa: American Samoa Senate leader against guns for police
- Wed 28 Jan - Fiji: Restrictions eased on Tahiti's Flosse
- Wed 28 Jan - Tonga: Tongan Government reviewing needs of outer islands
- Wed 28 Jan - Papua New Guinea: O’Neill meets Abbott over asylum deal
- Wed 28 Jan - Samoa: Samoan Opposition Leader kicked out of Parliament indefinitely
- Tue 27 Jan - USA: FAO Director-General calls for global action to address food insecurity in conflict areas
- Tue 27 Jan - USA: Future Wave and Wind Effects on Pacific Islands
- Tue 27 Jan - Fiji: SPC welcomes Pacific MPs to deliberate on human rights