Bougainville votes

Do you agree for Bougainville to have: A)Greater autonomy? B)Independence? This is the question Bougainvilleans are answering this month in a long-awaited referendum, 20 years after peace was brokered. The referendum is

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We say – Upheaval continues at USP

“It has been a year of hell. I have suffered enormously and so has my family for doing the right thing.” That was the testimony of University of South Pacific Vice Chancellor, Professor Pal Ahluwalia to the Fiji

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We say – Upheaval continues at USP

“It has been a year of hell. I have suffered enormously and so has my family for doing the right thing.” That was the testimony of University of South Pacific Vice Chancellor, Professor Pal Ahluwalia to the Fiji

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Tuvalu’s 100-day splurge

An across-the-board pay rise for all government employees including cabinet ministers and parliamentarians, an incentive payment for senior citizens plus an A$10,000 pay out to island communities top the first 100-day

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Nauru judge orders retrial

It is back to square one—and the attendant frustrations, fear of political persecutions and absence of legal representation at trial for the so called Nauru- 19 following a judgement on the island this month. The

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PNG political tussle continues

Anti-corruption campaigner and now minister of police in Papua New Guinea, Bryan Kramer, has taken to social media to expose the challenges in getting former Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to answer to corruption

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Why is the Nobel Prize for Economics important for the Pacific? It’s changing the way we do development

Last month three development economists won the 2019 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, working in an area of economics that is only now gaining traction in the Pacific region. Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo

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InDepth: “You’ve got to back yourselves” Tuikuitonga

After almost six years at the helm of the Pacific Community, Dr Colin Tukuitonga is at the end of his term. On January 22 next year he makes way for new Director General, Australian Dr Stuart Minchin. Dr Tukuitonga

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FEW NON-SEASONAL WORK OPPORTUNITIES IN AUSTRALIA FOR THE PACIFIC

Australia’s Pacific Step Up, announced in September 2017, has made much of providing more access to work opportunities in Australia. The Foreign Policy White paper noted, ‘Australia will work to improve

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Kiribati government loses majority

Will Kiribati have a new government by December? That is the million-dollar question with the split in the ruling government of President Taneti Mamau that has seen the defection of 14 party members and with it, the

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ANOTHER REFERENDUM FOR NEW CALEDONIA

New Caledonia will hold a second referendum on self-determination in early September 2020.  On 10 October, the annual Committee of Signatories to the Noumea Accord brought together representatives of the

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SUSTAINING PEACE, NOT SUSTAINING PATRIARCHY

Next year the global women’s and feminist movement will commemorate Beijing+25 – the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA) by 189

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