Australia

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.

Clarification on Travel Advisory

Thu 14 Aug 2014 -

Australia’s travel advice, available through the Smartraveller website, provides a general assessment of the security environment facing Australian travelers overseas.

Aussie Rules Football expands global reach in AFL International Cup

Mon 11 Aug 2014 -

MELBOURNE, Australia ---- Australian rules football has gone global with the 2014 International AFL Cup now taking place in Melbourne.

Fiji PM Bainimarama’s post-coup visit to stir protest

Mon 11 Aug 2014 -

SYDNEY, Australia --- Fiji's Prime Minister Rear Admiral (retired)Voreqe Bainimarama plans to speak in Sydney at an election rally for his new Fiji First party.

Fiji PM Bainimarama’s post-coup visit to stir protest

Mon 11 Aug 2014 -

SYDNEY, Australia --- Fiji's Prime Minister Rear Admiral (retired)Voreqe Bainimarama plans to speak in Sydney at an election rally for his new Fiji First party.

Transnational criminal networks target Pacific; Australia looks to expand jobs to counter criminal elements

Fri 08 Aug 2014 -

CANBERRA, Australia --- Australian law enforcement agencies are concerned that criminal networks are increasingly targeting Pacific nations.

Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama expresses interest in visiting Australia ahead of elections

Thu 07 Aug 2014 -

CANBERRA, Australia ----The Australian Government has confirmed that Fiji's prime minister is interested in visiting Australia before his nation holds elections next month.

Atlantic warming causing stronger Pacific trade winds

Wed 06 Aug 2014 -

SYDNEY, Australia ----A mysterious surge in the trade winds that blow across the Pacific Ocean – one of the causes of a recent slow down in global temperature rises – is actually the result of the warming of the Atlantic Ocean, Australian-led research has found.

More than 180 Australian Defence Force members sacked for misconduct in past year, figures show

Tue 05 Aug 2014 -

CANBERRA, Australia ---- More than 180 members of the Australian Defence Force were sacked in the past year for misconduct ranging from the use of prohibited substances to serious sexual offences, new figures show.

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.