Pacific islands

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Operator accused of ‘gross negligence’ wins $420m contract to manage Australia’s offshore processing on Nauru
Scandal-plagued US firm MTC will be responsible for ‘garrison and welfare’ of around 70 asylum seekers on Pacific island

Ben Doherty and Christopher Knaus

27, Jan, 2023 @2:00 PM

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Who is Carmel Sepuloni? New Zealand’s first Pasifika deputy prime minister
The daughter of an abattoir worker and fruit picker, Sepuloni could have exactly the expertise the PM needs to tackle a brutal cost of living crisis

Tess McClure in Auckland

23, Jan, 2023 @5:52 AM

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‘Red flags’ raised over scheme to allow families of Pacific Island workers to join them in Australia
Families who relocate under federal scheme would not have access to Medicare, or relocation or housing costs, making move unviable for many, experts warn

Jordyn Beazley

22, Jan, 2023 @2:00 PM

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Lost for words: fears of ‘catastrophic’ language loss due to rising seas
Climate crisis could be ‘final nail in the coffin’ for half of all surviving languages, say linguists, as coastal communities are forced to migrate

Karen McVeigh

16, Jan, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Australia and Papua New Guinea pledge new security pact saying interests are ‘intertwined’
In contrast with security deal between China and Solomon Islands, the Australia-PNG agreement will be ‘public and transparent’, prime ministers vow

Rebecca Kuku in Port Moresby, Kate Lyons and Daniel Hurst

12, Jan, 2023 @8:23 AM

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Emergency landing strands Sydney-bound passengers on Pacific island – never to see midnight on New Year’s Eve
Travellers on flight from Los Angeles treated to an idyllic, if brief and unexpected Pacific holiday, but with a twist

Royce Kurmelovs

31, Dec, 2022 @5:30 AM

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Fiji parliament confirms Sitiveni Rabuka as prime minister after days of uncertainty
Rabuka accused the outgoing government of Frank Bainimarama of stoking ‘fear and chaos’ in the aftermath of the close election

Guardian staff and agencies

24, Dec, 2022 @1:40 AM

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Australia’s expanded Pacific labour scheme could erode workers’ rights, ex-official warns
Minister has announced program will include some city abattoirs and agricultural facilities to address staff shortages

Khaled Al Khawaldeh

23, Dec, 2022 @2:00 PM

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‘I went cross-eyed’: Australia’s former deputy PM taken to hospital after drinking entire bowl of kava
Michael McCormack paid a high price for downing, not sipping, the sakau during a Pacific tour, later stating: ‘I was trying to be respectful’

Amy Remeikis

16, Dec, 2022 @6:15 AM

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Coalition should have heeded calls from Pacific to raise climate targets, Simon Birmingham says
Liberal senator says Australia’s approach to emissions debate had not been ‘ideal’ for Pacific relations

Daniel Hurst

15, Dec, 2022 @4:18 AM

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Penny Wong says Vanuatu security deal will be made public unlike China-Solomons agreement
Foreign minister ‘deeply proud’ to announce bilateral pact after ‘40 years of cooperation between our security forces’

Daniel Hurst Foreign affairs and defence correspondent

13, Dec, 2022 @5:54 AM

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Fiji election 2022: what’s happening, why does it matter and will the vote be peaceful?
Fiji goes to the polls in the midst of a strict media blackout that bars any promotion of political candidates or parties

Guardian staff and agencies

13, Dec, 2022 @3:52 AM

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