Vanuatu

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Yachts and mansions: founder of company that left thousands of Aboriginal people out of pocket made more than $20m, tax-free
Ron Pattenden continued to make money from the Aboriginal Community Benefit Fund even after selling it in the wake of damning royal commission findings

Ben Butler, Lorena Allam and Stephen D'Antal

24, May, 2022 @9:17 AM

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Vanuatu police crack down with arrests over ‘slander’ of MPs accused of breaking Covid lockdown
At least four people have been arrested and face charges of cyber-stalking, cyber slander and cyber libel for Facebook comments

A reporter in Vanuatu

11, May, 2022 @9:00 PM

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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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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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Covid outbreaks in Samoa and Vanuatu chip away at Pacific islands’ virus-free status
Case numbers in the two Pacific nations have exploded over past week following first cases of community transmissionRead all our coronavirus coverage

Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson

24, Mar, 2022 @3:56 AM

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Vanuatu government launches inquiry into labour schemes after testimony from workers in Australia
The inquiry comes after Vanuatu seasonal workers made allegations of bullying and exploitative working conditions in the Australian scheme

Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson

23, Feb, 2022 @3:13 AM

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Bitcoin paradise? Briton creates ‘crypto utopia’ in South Pacific
Cryptocurrency investors invited to join Anthony Welch and his partner on the regulation-free island on the Vanuatu archipelago

Rupert Neate Wealth correspondent

12, Feb, 2022 @7:00 AM

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EU could suspend Vanuatu visa-free travel over ‘golden passports’ scheme
EU states set to vote on proposal after commission found deficiencies including ‘the granting of citizenship to applicants listed in Interpol’s databases’

Kate Lyons

14, Jan, 2022 @2:17 AM

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I had death threats and my tires slashed for my reporting. Many journalists in the Pacific face huge dangers | Joyce McClure
Freedom of the press might be included in some constitutions of Pacific countries, but it often only works in theory

Joyce McClure

07, Jan, 2022 @12:20 AM

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Some Pacific countries will take years to vaccinate 50% of adult population, modelling shows
Predictions from Lowy Institute indicate Papua New Guinea will take five years to vaccinate just a third of its population

Kate Lyons Pacific editor

21, Nov, 2021 @11:30 AM

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Third of Pacific islands unable to attend Cop26, sparking fears summit will be less ambitious
Activists say the presence of the countries most affected by climate crisis is key to pressuring leaders to agree aggressive targets

Kate Lyons

21, Oct, 2021 @12:28 AM

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Child stunting from malnutrition could increase in Pacific in wake of Covid, experts warn
World Vision report says widespread loss of income and families having fewer meals are seriously affecting children’s health

Joshua Mcdonald

17, Oct, 2021 @8:00 PM

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