Australia

Angau receives new equipment and infrastructure

Working in partnership with the ANGAU Memorial Hospital, this will provide much needed supplies, maintenance and additional infrastructure to improve service delivery and health outcomes.

Items to be delivered over the coming months include medical equipment; a portable ward and surgery theatre; a new dental clinic; ward improvement works; extension of the Intensive Care Unit; alongside essential services infrastructure modifications including a new stand-by generator and uninterrupted power supply solutions.

Why is Australia so desperate to ignore its nearest neighbour?

Not only was PNG once our colony while the Cook Islands belonged to New Zealand, but the population of the Cook Islands is 430 times smaller than PNG.

As Jonathan Pryke of the Lowy Institute for International Policy has pointed out, it is simply because New Zealand allows Cook Islanders to live in New Zealand. And then they flood across the Tasman.

It is the same with Samoans and Tongans. New Zealand welcomes them. And then they can come to Australia.

Australians don't welcome Papua New Guineans despite PNG having been our colony.

ABG launches new hub for women

Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott Despoja, joined representatives of the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) in launching the Bougainville Women’s Federation facilities in Buka yesterday.

 “We are delighted that this hub will assist the Federation to strengthen women’s leadership in the region,” Ambassador Stott Despoja said.

“It includes an office that will give women a proper place to work and discuss key issues of concern. It’s appropriate that it’s located at the market where so many women gather to sell their produce."

Australia throws out asylum seeker challenge

The judgement opens the way for Canberra to send 267 people - including 37 babies who were born in Australia, a five-year-old boy who was allegedly raped at a detention centre, about 50 other children, and women who were sexually abused - back to Nauru.

The case was taken to the High Court of Australia by the Melbourne-based Human Rights Law Centre on behalf of the asylum seekers, who had been transferred to Australia for medical treatment or to give birth.

Fiji trade delegation eyes PNG market

PNG has the biggest economy and consumer base in the Pacific, apart from Australia and New Zealand.    

It was revealed during the formal bilateral meeting between Minister for Trade, Commerce and Industry Richard Maru, and Fiji’s Minister for Public Enterprises, Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya that a Fiji trade delegation will visit PNG.

The leaders meeting was held last week in Suva with trade and investment as the main point of discussion.

Polye brands removal of Aussies as detrimental

“There is more to the orders to remove the advisers than meets the eye,’’ says Opposition Leader Don Polye.

“We understand the Prime Minister has a hidden motive for the removal of 33 advisers seconded to the public service,” he said.

He has taken a swipe at Mr O’Neill, describing it as a diplomatic blow to Australia and its adverse impacts which may affect the country.

“The advisers not only add values to the local public service with their expertise and experience but also help strengthen its capacity.

‘Spies’ get PNG marching orders

In a substantial blow to diplomatic relations between Australia and its former colony, PNG has gone ahead with a threat to end contracts for foreigners brought in to the nation’s public service.

There had been 33 Australian public servants seconded to various PNG departments including officials from the Tax Office, Customs, the Auditor-General, the Ombudsman, Treasury and Finance.

PNG falls behind in world league rankings

It is the worst it has been for the code which is considered the national sport in the country.

PNG, which was usually in the top five in past years, has dropped out of sight and now sits at number 14, plunging three place from 11th spot out of 35 countries in the new  RLIF World Rankings issued recently.

Indonesia warns other countries to respect its sovereignty over Papua

  Yamizard Ryacudu said Indonesia had “never disrupted or caused disruptions in other countries” and it expected the same of other nations regarding Papua and its long-running independence movement.

“There are countries that are getting involved in the issue of Papua. For us, Papua is [part] of the united Republic of Indonesia. The united Republic of Indonesia extends from Sabang [in Sumatra] to Papua. There is no other solution, that’s it, that’s the way it is,” Ryacudu said in Sydney on Monday.

Australian official to officiate at DWU ceremony

In an official program circulated through email to the former DWU students, it says the Polish Consul in Sydney Ms Regina Jurkowska will give her speech followed by the keynote address by Ms Moules.

The programs says the blessing and dedication will start at 9am in Sir Peter Barter Auditorium where DWU President Fr Jan Czuba will give his welcome address  in the presence of former DWU students who have been part and parcel of DWU since its establishment.