Pacific islands

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Cabinet committee blocked plan to double Australia’s support to Pacific, election-eve leak reveals
‘Extraordinary’ revelation about national security decision shows the government is ‘falling apart’, Labor says

Daniel Hurst Foreign affairs and defence correspondent

20, May, 2022 @3:12 AM

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EU to step up Indo-Pacific defence presence over China fears and Ukraine example
European Union’s special envoy cites concerns ‘multilateral rules-based order will not be fully respected’ in region

Eva Corlett and Dominique Catton

18, May, 2022 @3:03 AM

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Former Kiribati president slams Australia’s ‘politicisation’ of climate action and power of fossil fuel lobby
Five days before Australian election, Anote Tong urges leaders to understand climate crisis means ‘survival is on the line’ for Pacific islands

Daniel Hurst

16, May, 2022 @8:03 AM

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Vanuatu’s push for legal protection from climate change wins crucial support
1,500 civil society groups from 130 countries back Vanuatu’s move to seek protection from the international court of justice

Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson

10, May, 2022 @9:00 PM

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Labor signals more aid to south-east Asia and accuses Scott Morrison of ‘bullying behaviour’ towards Pacific
Shadow minister Pat Conroy says the Coalition’s cuts in aid to Indonesia were ‘shortsighted’

Daniel Hurst and Kate Lyons

09, May, 2022 @8:47 AM

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‘Our designs are stolen’: the fight to keep sacred tapa in the hands of PNG’s Oro people
Tapa, a tattooed fabric, has been worn in Papua New Guinea for centuries but there are concerns it has been commercialised

Leanne Jorari in Oro Province

06, May, 2022 @9:00 PM

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New Zealand foreign minister blames ‘relationship failure’ for China-Solomons security deal
Nanaia Mahuta confirms ‘unwelcome and unnecessary’ deal came as a surprise to New Zealand and Australia, saying the Solomons must provide transparency

Tess McClure in Auckland

04, May, 2022 @11:34 PM

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Scott Morrison has not spoken to Solomon Islands prime minister since calling election
Australian PM insists he wants positive relationship, while Manasseh Sogavare says use of ‘back yard’ to describe country is offensive

Daniel Hurst

04, May, 2022 @7:44 AM

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Fiji court rules US can seize yacht said to belong to Russian oligarch
Vessel docked in port of Lautoka is believed to be owned by Suleiman Kerimov, who is facing sanctions

Lice Movono in Suva

03, May, 2022 @11:20 AM

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Pacific nations walk geopolitical tightrope over Ukraine war, as nuclear legacy looms
Pacific leaders have broadly lambasted the Russian assault, but some countries have resisted outright condemnation of the superpower

Jon Letman

03, May, 2022 @2:32 AM

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In 35 years' reporting from Solomon Islands, I have never seen such secrecy as the last few months | Dorothy Wickham
Journalists have been chased from parliament by police and attacked by the prime minister. Now more than ever we need a free press

Dorothy Wickham in Honiara

02, May, 2022 @9:00 PM

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‘Deep-sea gold rush’ for rare metals could cause irreversible harm
Mining companies are planning to profit from the new industry, but environmental campaigners warn of disastrous consequences

Rupert Neate

29, Apr, 2022 @6:00 AM

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