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Bilums on the cover page of the Family Protection Orders Research Report.

New research released on family protection orders in Papua New Guinea

3 March 2021

New research is now available on the use and efficacy of family protection orders in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The research found that the majority of women taking out an interim protection order felt...

Papua New Guinea’s first prime minister, Sir Michael Somare. Picture by Dan McGarry

Obituary: Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare

26 February 2021

With the death of Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare – the man who led Papua New Guinea to independence in 1975 and became Papua New Guinea’s longest-serving member of parliament – the Pacific has lost...

Poster spreading awareness regarding violence against women in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. Photo by: Lindy Kanan, DPA

Dr Judy Putt discusses low conviction rates in PNG despite high domestic violence rates

9 October 2020

The 2018 Crime and Safety Perceptions Survey in PNG indicated that domestic violence was the third most common crime (in PNG) experienced in the previous 12 months by individuals or someone in their...

PNG researchers share their experiences in film

11 September 2020

In a short film commissioned by the Department of Pacific Affairs (DPA) and released here today, five PNG researchers share their experiences of doing research as part of a DPA-led research...

Session 3 at the Bougainville Symposium

Bougainville & Papua New Guinea on the Eve of the Referendum

15 October 2019

On 10 October 2019, the ANU Department of Pacific Affairs hosted a symposium entitled, Bougainville & Papua New Guinea on the Eve of the Referendum. The event brought together players in the...

NEW BOOK: The Bougainville Referendum: Law, Administration and Politics

5 September 2019

While much has been written on the origins and development of the Bougainville conflict (1988–1997), as well as the peace process (1997–2005) and the implementation of the Bougainville Peace...

Mitna and Kramer

DPA PhD graduate Philip Mitna promoted to Chief Superintendent

20 June 2019

The Department of Pacific Affairs would like to congratulate Philip Mitna for being conferred the rank of Chief Superintendent by the new Papua New Guinea Police Minister Bryan Kramer. Philip Mitna...

Launch of DPA’s observation report on the 2017 Papua New Guinea General Elections

1 April 2019

On 26 March 2019, Professor Betty Lovai, Dean of the University of Papua New Guinea’s (UPNG) School of Humanities and Social Sciences launched the Australian National University’s observation report...

Bougainville referendum counting

DPA briefing on the Bougainville independence referendum

19 February 2019

It seems likely that a Bougainville independence referendum will take place, based on the steps the Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Bougainville governments have taken so far, although it is unlikely to...

New report on Protection Orders in Lae, PNG

18 February 2019

A new report authored by DPA’s Judy Putt, as well as Theresa Phillips, Davida Thomas and Lindy Kanan, details the results of a study into the the uptake and efficacy of family protection orders(FPOs...

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