Australian Defence Chief unaware of Commander Naliva’s torture allegation

Australia’s Defence Force Chief was unaware a Fijian officer who became a Deputy Commander of 3000 troops was alleged to have committed torture. Colonel Penioni Naliva was appointed the Deputy Commander of the 7th

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Pacific Islands push for more university students in Australia

Going to university in Australia could become simpler for Pacific Islanders if they are considered domestic students. The high commissioner for Samoa, Hinauri Petana, told federal politicians the crippling cost of

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PNG PM Marape urges Australia to not ‘give up’ on his country in historic parliament address

The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea James Marape has urged Australia to not “give up” on his country during an historic address to the federal parliament. On Thursday morning, Marape became the first Pacific

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PM Albanese extends warm welcome and solidarity to PNG PM Marape in Australian Parliament

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese Thursday extended a warm welcome to Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape at the Australian Parliament in Canberra – the first leader of another nation to address

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Queensland trade mission strengthens ties with Fiji and the Pacific

Queensland is set to bolster its trade and investment ties with Fiji through a trade mission led by Trade and Investment Queensland.  This week’s mission aims to advance Queensland’s Pacific Trade Strategy,

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Allies ‘have to compete aggressively’ with China for Pacific security, U.S. warns

The U.S. has urged Papua New Guinea to turn down China’s offer of a security pact, increasing pressure on the prime minister of Australia’s nearest neighbour as he prepares to address parliament in Canberra this

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PNG MP coy on security talks with China

Papua New Guinea’s Foreign Affairs Minister Justin Tkatchenko Tuesday avoided questions about a potential security and policing deal with China, and instead extolled security relationships between PNG and Australia.

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David Pocock condemns Australia’s fossil fuel projects as an ‘existential threat’ to Pacific neighbours

The independent senator David Pocock says the Australian government is failing to listen to its “Pacific family” and must stop approving new fossil fuel projects that fuel “an existential threat for those

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PNG Immigration under investigation

Papua New Guinea’s government has engaged prominent accounting firm KPMG to investigate the PNG Humanitarian Programme and its links to an alleged Chinese drug dealer. The investigation will also cover the PNG

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Woman arrested over alleged PNG drug smuggling plot

A Chinese woman arrested over an alleged $15 million drug smuggling plot has been associated with businesses that have reportedly received payments from an Australian government-funded refugee programme in Papua New

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Top Chinese diplomat says support of Pacific nations with policing should not alarm Australia

China’s ambassador to Australia, Xiao Qian, sought to reassure Wednesday that China’s increased involvement in the Pacific, particularly in policing efforts, should not be a cause of alarm for Australia. Xiao,

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Forging Australian priorities for the region

US President Joe Biden designated former Ambassador Frankie Reed as the first-ever US Envoy to the Pacific Islands Forum in 2022. Beijing appointed Qian Bo in February 2023 as Special Envoy for Pacific Island Countries

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