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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Bougainville Rising

January 18, 2011

The prospect of the Panguna mine reopening has fascinated me for a number of years; potentially because it seemed beyond improbably for so many years. Currently languishing in a tropical purgatory, the thought of it rising like a great rusted, overgrown Lazarus is easy to become attached to. Especially if, unlike me, you happen own […]

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Democracy under the Southern Cross

January 6, 2011

There has been much debate about how appropriate democracy is for the Pacific Islands, and which form of this apparently essential freedom the various states of the Pacific should adopt. There has been condemnation of a Speight of coups in Fiji (although when the Premier of an Australian state does something similar enough there is […]

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