Tag Archives: Australia

Reflections on how the Manus Island detention centre promotes gender-based violence

The violence in February this year at the Australian offshore asylum seeker detention centre on Manus Island resulted in the death of asylum seeker Reza… Continue reading

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Australia Network axing: what will happen to coverage of the region?

Today’s budget teaser in the papers is that the Australia Network will be scrapped. This is unsurprising, considering it not only came under fire from the… Continue reading

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Nauru rule of law case and the implication for the Pacific

by Bal Kama Australia’s blind eye while rule of law under siege in the Pacific The resignation of the Australian born Nauru Supreme Court Chief Justice Geoffrey Eames last week will go down as one of the most disappointing moments in … Continue reading

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Julie Bishop ‘Australia-PNG: A partnership of equals’

Australia and Papua New Guinea enjoy a special relationship – one of mutual affection, shared history and shared geography. Today, as they have for more than two decades, ministers will meet at the Australia-PNG Ministerial Forum to build even … Continue reading

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Pacific studies @ ANU in Samoa 2013!

From the Samoa Observer – The Australian National University (ANU), the National University of Samoa (NUS) and the University of the South Pacific (USP), Alafua Campus have partnered in a So’o Collaboration. Focusing on exchanging views and perspectives through Research … Continue reading

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Professor Darrell Tryon Research Scholarship

Are you currently a PhD student? Are you interested in spending 3 months doing research in New Caledonia? The Professor Darrell Tryon Research Scholarship was established in 2013 to honour the memory and continue the academic legacy of Professor Darrell … 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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Vale: Pam Zeplin

(left to right): Fijian artists Daren Kamali, Josie Crick and the late Pamela Zeplin at the 2012 Festival of Pacific Arts, Honiara. I have just received the very sad news that Dr. Pamela Zeplin, Senior Lecturer, School of Art, Architecture … Continue reading

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Call for Papers – OCEANSCAPES: cooperation across the Pacific (AAPS Biennial Conference, 22-26 April 2014, Sydney)

“The Pacific Ocean covers one-third of the earth’s surface and contains thousands of islands. Yet, as Epeli Hau’ofa’s seminal paper about the ‘Sea of Islands’ shows, oceans are not a barrier, but highways to contact. This conference employs the concept … 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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Refocusing the Australia-PNG Relationship

In his recent article in The Australian Defence Force Journal (Issue No.190, pp. 104-111), SSGM PhD Candidate, Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Blair, discusses ways to refocus and strengthen Australia and Papua New Guinea’s bilateral relationship.

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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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Launch of Solomon Islands Historical Encyclopaedia, 1893-1978

Charles Morris Woodford, First Resident Commissioner of the Solomon Islands Protectorate, c.1885. The Solomon Islands Historical Encyclopaedia, 1893-1978 was  launched on 25 July 2013. Professor Clive Moore from the University of Queensland (UQ) has been working on the Solomon Islands … 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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