South Pacific

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Vanuatu makes bold call for global treaty to phase out fossil fuels
President of Pacific island nation urges countries to join bid for nonproliferation treaty at UN general assembly

Miranda Bryant and Australian Associated Press

24, Sep, 2022 @5:03 PM

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Australia is funding just one-tenth of its fair share of global climate action, study finds
Wealthy high-polluting countries to face growing calls from poorer nations to help cover cost of extreme weather and sea level rises

Sarah Martin Chief political correspondent

14, Sep, 2022 @5:30 PM

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Flags at half-mast and a complicated colonial legacy: Pacific countries remember the Queen
Eleven Pacific countries are part of the Commonwealth, though many have become young republics in the last few decades

Georgina Maka'a in Honiara, Angus Delaney in Suva and Ginny Stein in Port Vila

09, Sep, 2022 @4:22 AM

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Huge fireball erupts on fuel barge in Vanuatu bay
The vessel, which burst into flames while delivering fuel in mangrove-rich South West Bay on Malekula Island, has been salvaged

Ginny Stein

18, Aug, 2022 @1:10 AM

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The seas are rising on Pacific islands nations – but so is their powerful resistance | Ellen Fanning
As the climate crisis threatens their existence, an assertive new collective are using their leverage as a flashpoint in geopolitical tensions

Ellen Fanning

15, Jul, 2022 @8:00 PM

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From Vanuatu law school to the Hague: the fight to recognise climate harm in international law
Vanuatu is leading a campaign to have the international court of justice issue an opinion on climate change – which could have huge legal ramifications

Kate Lyons

19, Jun, 2022 @8:00 PM

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Vanuatu calls on Australia to back its UN bid to recognise climate change harm
Pacific islands urge new Labor government to support push for international court of justice to issue climate advisory opinion

Kate Lyons

19, Jun, 2022 @8:00 PM

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Vanuatu, one of the last Covid hermit nations, to open to tourists after two years
The tourism-dependent Pacific country will reopen with almost no restrictions in July, though there are concerns about lack of airline deals

Ginny Stein in Port Vila

15, Jun, 2022 @2:03 AM

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We needed China deal to protect ‘domestic security’, says key Solomon Islands official
Exclusive: Collin Beck, who is believed to have been involved in negotiating the pact, offers most comprehensive defence yet of the controversial deal

Georgina Kekea in Honiara

14, Jun, 2022 @3:17 AM

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We Are Still Here review – 10 directors take on Captain Cook in thrilling ways
The opening night film of Sydney film festival 2022, this anthology combines eight strands, spanning animation, speculative futures and war, with captivating results

Luke Buckmaster

08, Jun, 2022 @5:30 PM

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China’s foreign minister tells Pacific leaders ‘don’t be too anxious’ after they reject regional security pact
Several Pacific nations reportedly want to defer action on the draft agreement or have it amended

Kate Lyons and Reuters

30, May, 2022 @7:27 AM

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Penny Wong tells Pacific nations ‘we have heard you’ as Australia and China battle for influence
Foreign minister uses speech in Fiji to declare ‘this is a different Australian government’ that will act responsibly on climate change

Daniel Hurst, Kate Lyons and Lice Movono in Suva

26, May, 2022 @9:14 AM

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