Opinion: Can the Commonwealth save paradise?

As Foreign Minister of Ghana, I do get around a fair bit.  Often, I’m immersed in briefing papers on flights, with little to no time for looking out the window to take in the aerial sights on the approach to

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Opinion: Tuvalu’s parliament debates the Falepili Union

Over the week of 20 November 2023, Tuvalu held its last parliamentary session under the Natano government, which was elected in 2019 and officially dissolved on 27 November. Elections for the new parliament will be held

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Opinion: Australia-Tuvalu ‘Falepili’

The Australia-Tuvalu ‘Falepili’ strategy is bullish and most alarming. The initiative was never consulted with the people of Tuvalu, nor was it ever raised in Parliament. It is not a climate change response. It is

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Opinion: Australia should listen to PNG not the IMF

In late 2021, following the first phase of a review of the 2000 Central Banking Act (CBA) by an independent advisory group, the Papua New Guinea parliament unanimously amended the CBA. Among other things, the amendments

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Opinion: What the U.S. should do better in its engagement with the Pacific

At the U.S. Institute of Peace’s Interorganisational Global Forum on security cooperation in the Pacific islands in September, the U.S. emphasised a ‘whole-of-government effort’ in engaging with the region that

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Uniting a nation: The 2023 Pacific Games and the power of sports in fostering national unity and pride

The opening ceremony of the 2023 Pacific Games was an event of unparalleled magnificence, a moment in time that will be etched in the memories of all who were present. For those of us fortunate enough to be in the

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Opinion: New data to inform big decisions around Pacific labour mobility

There has been much discussion about how the rapidly expanding labour mobility programmes in Australia and New Zealand have affected lives in the Pacific. Many have pointed to the significant economic benefits to

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Opinion: NZ wants more seasonal workers – but Pacific nations no longer want to be the ‘outposts’ that ‘grow’ them

The three party leaders currently negotiating to form New Zealand’s next government might have their differences, but they seem to agree on one thing: the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme needs to expand. New

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Opinion: A long-term fund to lift the Porgera mining curse

The last three decades of gold mining in Porgera (1989-2019) have been wasted, with little to show in terms of the socio-economic conditions of the landowners and people of Porgera-Paiela district in Enga Province,

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Opinion: Paperwork in PNG

I am Joseph Tuan Viet Cao, a Catholic priest in Papua New Guinea. I am working in the Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Bomana, National Capital District (NCD). My parish includes 13 chapels that belong to NCD and Central

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Movement mourns ‘driving force for climate justice’ Saleemul Huq

Veteran Bangladeshi climate scientist and campaigner Saleemul Huq died on Sunday at the age of 71. After the think tank he directed announced his death, tributes poured in from climate campaigners, diplomats, scientists

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Opinion: Pacific Engagement Visa legislation finally through

After months of uncertainty, yesterday the legislation required to implement the Pacific Engagement Visa (PEV) passed through the Australian Senate, with the Greens and other crossbenchers providing the numbers the

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