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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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PNG’s rural decay: a personal perspective

The last decade in PNG’s socio-economic development has been claimed by many, including Prime Minister Peter O’Neil and me, to have been wasted, as the… Continue reading

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Navigating the potholes of infrastructure development in PNG

With the Rudd–O’Neill asylum deal likely to involve a ”realignment” of the Australian aid program toward new infrastructure spending in PNG, the mother of all… Continue reading

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How to respond to the impasse in Fiji?

Fiji’s coup leader-turned Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama may star on the international stage, where many diplomats take at face value his reformist claims, but his… Continue reading

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Solid waste management in Papua New Guinea

This research covers two PNG cities, Port Moresby (POM) and Lae. POM has a population of 650,000+ and Lae has 200,000+. Both cities expect rapid… Continue reading

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Foreign aid in the August Statement: pushing back the scale up for the fifth time; more details on aid to PNG

This post explores the implications of the August Budget Statement for Australian aid, and for aid to PNG. The use of aid to fund the… Continue reading

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Kevin Rudd, you’re not a good friend of PNG

Martyn Namorong is a multi-award winning writer, blogger and television presenter.
In March 2008, Kevin Rudd made his first official visit to Papua New Guinea to build ties, the first such visit by an Australian prime minister in 11 years. Out of that … Continue reading

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Rampaging soldiers at the Moresby medical school: implications for Rudd’s PNG solution

On Sunday 14 July, the day Prime Minister Rudd arrived in PNG, two truckloads of rampaging soldiers attacked medical students at the University of PNG… Continue reading

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New World Bank project for Samoa

The project Samoa Development Policy Operation is now in the pipeline. To see more information, see the project information in the World Bank project database The objective of the Development Policy Operation (DPO) Program for Samoa is to support Sam… Continue reading

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Controlling middle & backbenchers in PNG Parliament for political “stability”

PNG politics was labeled unstable for many years, but today we have the opposite problem: too much stability and of the wrong kind. Continue reading

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RAMSI: the inconvenient truth

As we’re approaching the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands’ (RAMSI) ten year anniversary, as well as the anticipated transition towards a scaled down civilian… Continue reading

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Competition between local and industrial fishers heats up

Increased competition for tuna is causing tension between local fishers and industrial vessels in some Pacific Islands, and the Heads of Pacific Island Fisheries Departments have tasked the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) to examine the issue.
The problem occurs when industrial vessels compete with small-scale local fisheries (‘artisanal fisheries’) for the same fish, in the same area and during the same season. It is worse in areas where the industrial catch is large.

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In conversation with Francis Herman on Pacific media

Recently, Tess Newton Cain spent time chatting with Francis Herman. You can listen to a podcast of their conversation here or download the full transcript… Continue reading

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Ailing public hospitals in PNG: a radical remedy from Africa?

The Prime Minister of PNG publicly decries the state of PNG hospitals, and regularly approaches his near neighbor Australia for help to improve them. The… Continue reading

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RAMSI: all good things must come to an end

As the saying goes, “all good things must come to an end”. RAMSI’s good intentions and blessings to the people of Solomon Islands will eventually… Continue reading

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