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Did New Zealand put the R into RAMSI?

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By James Batley One of the noticeable features of Australia’s response to the Solomon Islands government’s request for security assistance on 25 November was Scott Morrison’s instinctive desire to broaden the response to a regional level. Solomon Islands Prime Minister…

The cruel ironies of the 2021 Honiara riots

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By Terence Wood If you’re foraging for irony and surprise in the ashes of Honiara’s riots, there’s plenty to be found. For a start, there are the two main political antagonists: the Prime Minister Manessah Sogavare, and the Premier of…

PNG’s plan to balance the budget

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By Stephen Howes, Kelly Samof In recent years, PNG has been running record deficits. In 2019, even before COVID-19, the budget deficit was already 5% of GDP. COVID-19 has understandably made things worse. The deficit reached 8.6% in 2020 and…

Everyday corruption in PNG: a way of life

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By Teddy Winn Over the past decade, researchers (see article on Devpolicy.org for links to related research) have illuminated the various ways Papua New Guineans understand corruption. However, as others have highlighted, there is still much we do not know…

SFA Executive resolves to increase determined price of logs

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Wale reiterates call to deregister SFA, maintains stand on body’s influence over gov’t decision The Leader of Opposition, Hon. Matthew Wale, says he was reliably informed that at its recent executive meeting, Solomons Forest Association (SFA), the association protecting the…

Ron May: first contact

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By Ronald J. May Ron May has spent more than 50 years working in and on Papua New Guinea, including 32 years at The Australian National University (ANU), where he was one of the forces behind the establishment of State,…

The COVID-19 crisis and rising food prices, a year on

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By Rachel Richardson, Ajla Vilogorac, Rob Hitchins Food prices are rising across the world. What initially seemed to be a temporary spike as supply chains shut down in the early days of the pandemic now appears to be here to…

STAY AWAY FROM ANY YACHT SIGHTED

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The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) would like to issue stern warning to every people and communities across the country, more especially those in Makira-Ulawa province Malaita, Isabel, Western, Choiseul and Guadalcanal Province.   This statement is made in…

Thank you Australia

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Wale thanks Aus for helping hand, asks government to forego processing costs Leader of the Opposition and MP for Aoke Langa langa, Hon. Matthew Wale acknowledges and thanks the Government and people of Australia for their continued support to the…