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Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne … hamstrung at the PIF summit in Nauru this week by Australia’s hypocritical policies. Image: Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

Australia needs to sing from same song sheet as Pacific

6 September 2018

BY DR JOANNE WALLIS Australia’s new Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne probably envied New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s welcome at this week’s Pacific Islands Forum leaders’...

Getting realistic about the South Pacific

22 August 2018

BY JAMES BATLEY Advocates of stronger and more effective Australian engagement in the South Pacific face a couple of entrenched structural challenges. First, the region is hardly critical to...

Next Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General Angus Campbell

As a new defence chief comes in, Australia must focus its attention on its neighbours

26 April 2018

BY PROFESSOR JOHN BLAXLAND On Anzac Day, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull commemorated the centenary of the battle at Villers-Brettoneux, where Australian soldiers defended against the German spring...

Turnbull Takes Part in Reinvigorated Pacific Islands Forum

8 September 2017

Barring unforeseen circumstances – and these days perhaps one shouldn’t talk too soon – Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will fly to Samoa to attend the annual Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ Meeting....

Militia leaders and fighters surrendered weapons and ammunition in 2003 after the international mission restored peace to the islands. Photo: Gary Ramage

As RAMSI's costly Solomon Islands rescue mission ends, its gains may vanish swiftly

30 June 2017

On Friday, one of Australia’s most significant, and expensive, foreign policy forays of recent times will come to an end. Over the last 14 years, more than $3 billion was spent on a tiny...

Jakarta pressures Julie Bishop on Papua

2 November 2016

Indonesia has asked Australia to caution its Pacific Island neighbours against interfering in the West Papua issue and to urge them to withdraw support for West Papuan membership of the Melanesian...

Jakarta bid queried

2 November 2016

A Research Fellow at the Australian National University’s State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program, Stewart Firth, said Jakarta had misinterpreted Australia’s relationship with...

Advancing models of parliamentary gender quotas in the Pacific

17 October 2016

Kerryn Baker, a Research Fellow at the Australian National University’s State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Programme, says while the Pacific has a long way to go, there are signs of...

Organised crime in Pacific involves political elites: Report

11 October 2016

A recently published discussion paper by the Australian National University (ANU) argues that the most significant organised crime in the Pacific involves the connection between political elites and...

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The Nauru files provide the evidence. Malcolm Turnbull can never plead ignorance

19 August 2016

The Nauru files paint a searing picture of the collapse of basic humanity in the detention centre. History is unlikely to be kind to those who endorsed it. The publication by the Guardian of a...

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