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By Stefan Armbruster, SBS Australia Australia’s nearest Pacific neighbours have taken the lead in trying to broker a peaceful future for Indonesia’s contested West Papuan provinces. Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and New Caledonia’s FLNKS took the step at…
West Papua Issue On MSG Agenda

The 19th Melanesian Spearhead Group Leaders summit has integrated into its agenda the issue of the movement of West Papua. Incoming chair and FLNKS representative at the Foreign Ministers Meeting (FMM) Caroline Manchoro said currently MSG’s stand is only to…

A report from the Pacific Institute of Public Policy warns that unless there are urgent reforms to the style of parliamentary democracy practised across Melanesia, autocracy will takes its place. The report claims it’s well past time to acknowledge that…

The Australian Government’s defence think-tank says Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands are struggling to survive as nations. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute says the Melanesian states are so weak they offer potential havens for terrorists. It says…

A new Pacific think tank is being launched by New Zealand to promote fresh thinking on the region. The Pacific Cooperation Foundation begins work on July the first with a grant from the New Zealand Government of 675 thousand dollars.…