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Manus Crisis will not end with Forced Removal

Friday, November 24, 2017

The refugee crisis on Manus will not end with the forced removal of refugees and asylum seekers from the former detention centre, a fact-finding mission being conducted under the auspices of the peak body for Australia’s international aid agencies, the Australian Council for International Development, warned today.

PNG needs some of our Anzac spirit

Saturday, April 6, 2013

As we approach Anzac Day, Australians are prompted to reflect on our national character. Drawing on events far from our shores close to a century ago, we lay claim to a particular combination of traits: mateship, pulling together, and brave sacrifice.

Papua New Guinea's future depends on Australia

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has just returned from a meeting with Pacific Island leaders where she announced a major aid initiative to tackle gender inequality. We know that promoting gender equity can increase economic prosperity and transform community well-being so the PM’s announcement is a great step forward. But having just visited the Pacific region, I am also struck by the immense challenge that lies ahead for our island neighbours, and the responsibility that Australia must face up to.

Pacific reaches crossroads, calls for new humanitarian engagement

Friday, June 1, 2012

For many Australians when they think of the Pacific they think of island paradises, cruises, and white sandy beaches. The reality, for the people of the Pacific, is starkly different. Some four million people across the Pacific, almost half of the entire population, are living in poverty. And tragically in some countries the numbers of child deaths and malnourishment near those of sub-Saharan Africa.

Schools neglect Pacific cultures

Monday, February 27, 2012

The new ACARA geography curriculum fails to include any study of our own Pacific region. Despite our important trade, aid, migration, sporting, military and tourism links with countries like Papua New Guinea, Fiji, New Zealand and the Solomon Islands, the region is never explicitly mentioned.