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What happens next in PNG’s land grab saga?

Five years have now passed since the alarm was first raised about the alienation of huge areas of customary land in Papua New Guinea through… Continue reading

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Are Papua New Guineans stealing Australian jobs at the end of the resource boom?

Viewers of the ABC’s 7.30 Report on the 28th of May this year might have been alarmed by a story that represented half a dozen Papua New Guinean diesel mechanics on 457 visas as a threat to the livelihoods of upstanding white citizens in the coal mining communities of northern New South Wales.  As reporter Matt Peacock put it: ‘What makes it worse for the Gunnedah locals is that while […] Continue reading

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PNG land grab update

It is expected that the final report of the Commission of Inquiry into Special Agricultural and Business Leases (SABLs) will shortly be tabled in Papua New Guinea’s national parliament, but no one yet knows what it will recommend, let alone whether Peter O’Neill’s new government will act on those recommendations. Indeed, one newly elected MP has caused a bit of a stir by calling for an end to all such […] Continue reading

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