South Pacific

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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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Left out of society: Vanuatu’s deaf community push for national sign language
With no official sign language, the deaf community are left unable to communicate widely and vulnerable to natural disasters

Sera Sefeti and Agnes Herbert in Saama

04, Dec, 2022 @8:00 PM

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Pacific leaders celebrate Cop27 victory on loss and damage fund after decades of advocacy
Pacific countries have fought for fund to provide assistance to poor nations hit by climate disasters for three decades

Jon Letman

21, Nov, 2022 @6:18 AM

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Tuvalu first to call for fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty at Cop27
Pacific islands nation, which is acutely vulnerable to sea level rises, joins nearby Vanuatu in seeking phase-out of coal, oil and gas

Oliver Milman

08, Nov, 2022 @11:30 AM

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The climate crisis threatens to rob us not just of our living, but also of our dead | Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson
As Pacific nations face the prospect of losing entire islands, the thought of leaving behind the bones of our ancestors is unbearable

Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson

03, Nov, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Vanuatu to welcome first female MP since 2008 after snap election
Vanuatu Election Commission yet to declare official results but Julia King likely to be lone female voice in 52-member parliament

Ginny Stein in Port Vila

20, Oct, 2022 @6:00 PM

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Vanuatu goes to polls by air, sea and road in snap election after lightning campaign
First-time candidates vie with incumbents for 52 seats after government dissolved ‘Red Roof’ parliament to ward off no-confidence vote

Ginny Stein in Port Vila

12, Oct, 2022 @6:00 PM

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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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