Australia, Nauru and PNG: who has whom over a barrel? And other thoughts

July 20, 2013

A few events of the last two days have had me thinking. This is something of a brain dump. The general thrust of the first is that people seeking asylum in Australia, if they arrive by boat, will be resettled in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The second is that there was a riot/disturbance/unrest/event/venting of pent-up […]

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Nauru: A Pacific Leader

May 2, 2011

What do proposed strikes in New Caledonia, a bit of negotiating in Japan, some near-forgotten events half a century ago on the phosphate islands, and a lack of development all have in common? It’s pretty simple really; foreign companies getting a great return on investment for mining the traditional lands of Pacific landowners, Pacific states’ […]

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Australia’s Battered Wife Flirts with the Big Boys

November 13, 2010

Nauru: Australia’s battered wife, flirting with the big boys. A few months ago I wrote a piece on one of my pet topics. It wasn’t good enough to capture the interest of any editor, so my little rant about the state of Nauruan politics went unpublished. In it I bemoaned the apparent inability of the […]

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