Papua New Guinea

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Five NSW men charged after methamphetamine worth $15m allegedly found on ‘black flight’ from PNG
Plane intercepted at airstrip in rural Queensland after police allege aircraft was flown under the radar with 52kg of meth on board

Natasha May

23, Mar, 2023 @1:30 AM

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David Pocock says offshore asylum seekers ‘victims of our collective political failure’ as evacuation bill defeated
Independent’s comments made in support of proposal to bring to Australia 150 refugees and asylum seekers held in PNG and Nauru

Ben Doherty and Paul Karp

08, Mar, 2023 @2:28 AM

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Refugees held offshore plead with Australia to be moved, saying ‘every day is suffering’
Home affairs department’s submission to inquiry is the only one opposing Greens senator’s bill calling for refugee evacuation to Australia

Ben Doherty

06, Mar, 2023 @2:00 PM

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Papua New Guinea hostage taking a ‘spur of the moment decision’
Gang who captured Prof Bryce Barker and his research team wanted compensation after two members shot at logging site

Rebecca Kuku in Port Moresby and Ben Doherty

27, Feb, 2023 @1:52 AM

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PNG hostage freed but Australian professor and two local researchers still held captive
Papua New Guinea police warn against circulation of fake news as negotiations continue with gunmen

Rafqa Touma and Rebecca Kuku

22, Feb, 2023 @11:30 PM

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Papua New Guinea’s draft media policy is an attempt to legitimise government control over journalists | Bethanie Harriman
Reporters need protection from violence and intimidation – not a law that makes it easier to sack them

Bethanie Harriman

21, Feb, 2023 @11:52 PM

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Papua New Guinea police commit to ‘whatever means necessary’ to recover kidnapped Australian professor
The academic, who was conducting studies in the highlands, was taken hostage along with three other researchers

Henry Belot and Oliver Holmes

20, Feb, 2023 @5:23 PM

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‘All I know is Australia’: Indigenous man left in immigration detention for more than three years
Gus Kuster is effectively stateless after failed bid to deport him despite being recognised as an Indigenous Australian

Ben Doherty

18, Feb, 2023 @7:00 PM

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Papua New Guinea is an amazing tourist destination – more Australians should visit | Stefanie Vaccher
Despite being less than a two-hour flight from Australia, fewer than 80,000 people visited the country in 2019. Here’s why you should make the trip

Stefanie Vaccher

01, Feb, 2023 @2:00 PM

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New federal court rules over access to documents branded ‘utterly disgraceful’ – as it happened
Court moves to protect respondents from early reporting of allegations but media union criticises decision. This blog is now closed

Mostafa Rachwani, Natasha May and Caitlin Cassidy (earlier)

13, Jan, 2023 @8:13 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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Anthony Albanese to push ‘family-first’ security treaty in address to Papua New Guinea parliament
Australian PM to call for ‘a swift conclusion to negotiations’ to treaty and say both countries should ‘work as equals with our fellow Pacific states’

Daniel Hurst Foreign affairs and defence correspondent

11, Jan, 2023 @11:30 AM

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