While they are keenly awaiting the decision on their membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), West Papua activists are travelling the Pacific lobbying countries to support their bid. One such activist is exiled investigative journalist Octovanius Mote, who has just returned to his adopted home in Washington D.C in ...
Papua New Guinea and Nauru are being bullied to assist Australia to traffic humans by force out of Australia on the pretext of stopping people smuggling—a con invented by former Minister for Immigration Philip Ruddock in 1999 and agreed to by former Shadow Minister Con Sciaccia and which has continued ...
President Anote Tong of Kiribati has reversed a previous position against funding and the banning of fishing in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA), paving the way for the creation of the world’s most important marine reserve.
Aviation employees who adhere to the utmost safety standards will tell you that the industry has no room for trial and error.
Australia and New Zealand will have to concede significant concessions if the proposed free trade and development agreement between them and Pacific Islands Countries is to become a reality. That is the view of the man who is the Pacific Islands Chief Trade Adviser in PACER Plus negotiations with the ...
Tuvalu’s cabinet is embarking on a fresh roadmap and vision for the island nation as they take stock of the various needs of each ministry before they compile their budget for 2014 in December. The roadmap contains a long list of needs by each government ministry.
It took 150 years but it now appears that Australia will recognise a damning part of the country’s evil history involving torture and slavery of indigenous Melanesians abducted to work on Australian farms. State governments in Australia’s two most populous states—New South Wales and Queensland —tabled motions in August to ...
Australians go to the polls to elect their next government on September 7. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, leader of the Australian Labor Party, has nailed his hopes on being able to stop the boats that have been ferrying an influx of asylum seekers for the past two months. High on ...
Who said nation rebuilding would be easy? Definitely not the Solomon Islands, where the July 24 date marked the 10-year anniversary of the Regional Assistance Mission to the country, known as RAMSI for short, and branded under ‘Helpem Fren’.
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No other law has ever passed so swiftly as the new death penalty legislation in Papua New Guinea on May 29. Prime Minister Peter O’Neill minced no words in declaring that his government will enforce measures that are “the toughest and the most wide-ranging” to deal with the issue of ...
The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has voted to place French Polynesia back on the UN list of territories that should be decolonised. And it has requested the French Government to “facilitate rapid progress […] towards a self-determination process.”
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Ethnic tensions in the Solomon Islands are somewhat different today from the famed troubles that began 20 years ago. “Australians are rude and arrogant,” a Honiara resident told ISLANDS BUSINESS. “We prefer Kiwis.” An unintended consequence of peacekeeping efforts has given the people of the Solomon Islands someone else to ...
It was Sir Peter Kenilorea, then Prime Minister, who declared at the flag raising ceremony outside the United Nations’ Headquarters in New York that as of July 7, 1978 Solomon Islands stands equal with all the other UN members.
Tuvalu is awaiting two important court decisions in relation to a by-election to elect a replacement for the late Finance Minister Lotoala Metia who died last December. Government officials confirmed last month that they were awaiting the arrival of Chief Justice Gordon Ward in May. Ward will provide government with ...
Nauru’s parliament is again in the throes of uncertainty as moves within are preventing its dissolution, a legal pre-requisite to national elections as scheduled for this year. The 18-seat institution has been wrought with political and legal difficulties over the past month as a number of sittings have been characterised ...
If first impressions are anything to go by, Vanuatu’s new Greens Party prime minister will truly stamp his place in the country’s political history. Changing and chopping his predecessor’s appointments—ministerial and foreign diplomatic postings—was Prime Minister Moana Carcasses Kalosil’s first moves as he consolidated his support from within his new ...
Solomon Islands and Taiwan marked 30 years of diplomatic relations this year. None thought then their “marriage” would one day be the focus in the race for military and economic dominance in the Pacific.
Like many Pacific Islands leaders Tokelau’s head of Government or Ulu o Tokelau Kerisiano Kalolo is a worried man.
It’s been a moment two years in the making, but the rising of the PIANGO phoenix from the ashes of its own implosion in 2009 may have finally arrived. The regional grouping of civil society national umbrella organisations has been conspicuous by its absence for the last few years as ...
Specialist Australian police officers deployed in the South Pacific attract most complaints of misconduct than those in other regions, claims a new report.
Banana trees in the garden, leafy greens for lunch, Lisa Hilli’s childhood was like many others in the Pacific. Only she grew up in the Queensland capital Brisbane, hundreds of kilometres from her ancestral home in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea.
Pedro Kaipat, 56, his wife Sinforosa, 49, and the whole household were roused from their sleep around 5am on April 11 when U.S. Marine Corps officers delivered the news: their 22-year old son, Marine Lance Corporal Ramon Taisakan Kaipat, was killed while on combat patrol in the Helmand Province in ...
Australia will break its pledge when it hands out aid monies from 2013 to Pacific islands countries, despite acknowledging a greater need in poor countries of the region.
One man’s attempt to propel Fiji onto the international beauty pageant scene through the Miss World franchise in April turned into a curious and messy spectacle. It thrusted the country back into the global news agenda for all the wrong reasons and had the government annoyed at the damage to ...
The investigation of the United States’ nuclear test legacy in the Marshall Islands by a United Nations Special Rapporteur has for the first time put the issue under a microscope from a human rights perspective.
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