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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Opinion: The Pacific’s carbon credit market – promise and challenge

The global thrust towards sustainability is irrefutable. From the vantage point of Pacific Island Countries (PICs), we’re poised at the forefront of a market with vast potential: the carbon credit market. As the

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Opinion: Kikibakiki – Reflections on PNG at 48

We sat down in the forever blackout Port Moresby city, I hear the neighbours playing the famous Saugas song, Sindaun Bagarap, echoing the windy night, and buai buyers complaining about the hike in the prices,

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Opinion: 29 years of independence: Palau at a crossroads

Every year on the first of October, the U.S government marks the beginning of a new fiscal year, and so does the Palau government. But what appears to be a lost detail, yet historically significant, event marks the

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