Australia urges restraint in West Papua amid ongoing violence

PACIFIC, RNZ Australia’s government has urged restraint by all relevant parties in West Papua amid ongoing unrest in the Indonesian ruled region. The death toll from violence in the Papuan cities of Jayapura and Wamena on Monday has risen to 26. Violence…
The history behind West Papua’s resurgent political dissent

As political unrest and civil violence again grip Indonesia’s eastern Papua provinces – what is the history behind the resurgent discontent of the region’s Indigenous people? BY TOM STAYNER A resurgence of rebellion among West Papuans demanding independence for their native…

Source here – Pat Walsh This week Prime Minister Scott Morrison joins other Pacific leaders for a summit in Tuvalu. There, in addition to climate change and other matters, he will be challenged by his counterparts to address the issue…

Dear Editor, Bruce Wearne asks a good question. When is Australian and New Zealand “going to get in behind Vanuatu’s advocacy of justice for West Papua”. As secretary of the Australia West Papua Association in Sydney, I write regularly to…
Australian naval ship visits here

A ROYAL Australian Navy Hydrographic Ship HMAS Melville is visiting Honiara for her crew to conduct outreach activities with the community and host a number of functions from 1 to 5 February.  The Commanding Officer of HMAS Melville, Lieutenant Commander…
Peter O’Neill: Enjoy PNG

By HELEN TARAWA PAPUA New Guinea is the “last paradise on Earth”, and “one of the best countries in the world”, according to Prime Minister Peter O’Neill. Responding to recent overseas media reports which rated PNG as one of the…
O’Neill: Aust, China are our friends

By HELEN TARAWA, the National PNG CHINA and Australia are very good friends who continue to trade with each other and are important to the Asia-Pacific region, says Prime Minister Peter O’Neill. Responding to questions on how Papua New Guinea…
PACER will hurt Pacific, strengthen China – analyst

By RNZ – Vanuatu Independent A CANADIAN analyst says a regional free trade agreement in the Pacific will assault Pacific island economies and give China a strategic opening in the region. Last Wednesday, New Zealand became the first country to ratify the…