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Australia-Fiji relations: Bishop's game-changer

Australia-Fiji relations: Bishop's game-changer | Political developments in the Pacific | Scoop.it
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More sweeping clean by 'new broom' Bishop - this is a high risk strategy and possibly somewhat premature...we shall see

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"The hibernation of Fijian intellectuals". 22 January 2014

"The hibernation of Fijian intellectuals". 22 January 2014 | Political developments in the Pacific | Scoop.it
The hibernation of Fijian intellectuals Since independence in 1970, this last seven years have probably been the most earth-shaking for indigenous Fijians as a community, yet Fijian intellectuals s...
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A call to arms? Wadan Narsey looks for intellectual leadership in the lead up to Fiji's elections later this year

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The story of a girl activist - Fiji - The Guardian

The story of a girl activist - Fiji - The Guardian | Political developments in the Pacific | Scoop.it
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The story of a girl activist - Fiji
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Being a young woman growing up in a rural community in Fiji has always been a challenge.
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As Fiji moves towards elections in 2014, engaging young people in the 'return to democracy' project is really important

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Papua New Guinea takes first steps to combat ‘epidemic’ of abuse

Papua New Guinea takes first steps to combat ‘epidemic’ of abuse | Political developments in the Pacific | Scoop.it
Support centres and safe houses to be established across the country for victims of family and sexual violenceHelen Davidson
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This may indeed be an early indicator of significant change but what is missing from the 'integrated services' approach is access to justice services.

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Bougainville bulletin

As we move closer to 2015, which brings to an end to the post-conflict 10 years of semi-autonomous government on the island of Bougainville, there is a lot of thinking and discussion about what the future may hold politically, socially and...
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A round up of some recent thinking on the future of Bougainville...the next few years will be very significant

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Trouble in paradise lingers

Trouble in paradise lingers | Political developments in the Pacific | Scoop.it
As a stability mission comes to an end, Solomon Islands still faces a hard future.
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Solomon Islands is going to be a country in which I expect significant things to happen in the next few years, starting with elections in 2014

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RI, PNG sign partnership - Jakarta Post

Jakarta Post RI, PNG sign partnership Jakarta Post Indonesia and Papua New Guinea (PNG) signed a plan of action for the implementation of a comprehensive partnership between the two countries on the sidelines of the 25th Asia Pacific Economic...
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Light on detail but pretty clear what the underlying messages are...

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More transparency needed in PNG LNG benefit flows say NGOs - Radio Australia

More transparency needed in PNG LNG benefit flows say NGOs Radio Australia Non-government organisations in Papua New Guinea are warning that more accountability and transparency is needed in how the benefit flows from ExxonMobil's new gas project...
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Whether for good, bad or both the Exxon LNG project in PNG is having and will continue to have significant impacts

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New constitution for Fiji

The Fiji government on Thursday released a new constitution, which will come into effect in September paving the way for elections. The Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama, also announced his intention to form a political party and stand for election.
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There is much more to democracy than writing a constitution...but this is the next step on Fiji's path one way or another

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PNG suspends asylum talks - The Australian

PNG suspends asylum talks - The Australian | Political developments in the Pacific | Scoop.it
The Guardian PNG suspends asylum talks The Australian PAPUA New Guinea has suspended discussions with Australia on the resettlement of refugees, as its most senior immigration official warned that serious breaches of the asylum-seeker undertakings...
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Developments of this type were always to be expected

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PNG and Bougainville trade barbs as NZ's McCully visits - Islands Business

PNG and Bougainville trade barbs as NZ's McCully visits - Islands Business | Political developments in the Pacific | Scoop.it
PNG and Bougainville trade barbs as NZ's McCully visits Islands Business PORT MORESBY, PNG ---- The war of words between Papua New Guinea and the autonomous region of Bougainville continued throughout the visit of New Zealand's foreign minister...
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This is another issue that will become of increasing importance in the next couple of years - the future status of Bougainville

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Tara Chetty: Fiji democracy and women's rights | Devpolicy Blog ...

Tara Chetty: Fiji democracy and women's rights | Devpolicy Blog ... | Political developments in the Pacific | Scoop.it
Pacific and PNG. PNG; Fiji; Pacific trade and migration ... The very particular political context in Fiji presents a major opportunity to move away from 'business as usual' when it comes to promoting women in politics: “I think that ...
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It was great to get Tara's insights and thinking about the political landscape in her country and what the future might hold
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Australians funding PNG's feared cops - Sydney Morning Herald

Australians funding PNG's feared cops - Sydney Morning Herald | Political developments in the Pacific | Scoop.it
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Australians funding PNG's feared cops
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It's the deadly police brutality paid for by Australian taxpayers.
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Another ingredient in what is an increasingly toxic mix

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2014 in the Pacific: a year of elections | Devpolicy Blog from the Development Policy Centre

2014 in the Pacific: a year of elections | Devpolicy Blog from the Development Policy Centre | Political developments in the Pacific | Scoop.it
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Since I wrote this item, it has been announced that Niue will also have elections this year - in April

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The Pacific Solution and Nauru’s coup by stealth

The Pacific Solution and Nauru’s coup by stealth | Political developments in the Pacific | Scoop.it
The implosion of the legal system in Nauru has been described as a “coup by stealth” by David Lambourne, a former Secretary of Justice for Nauru.
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The Rule of Law has been comprehensively undermined by recent (and not so recent) events in Nauru.

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Sometimes corruption makes sense: insights from research into Papua New Guinean understandings of corruption

Sometimes corruption makes sense: insights from research into Papua New Guinean understandings of corruption | Political developments in the Pacific | Scoop.it
As discussed in this blog, I recently helped launch a report on Papua New Guinean perceptions of corruption. The report focused on findings from a household study undertaken in 2010/11.
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Grant Walton has been doing some really interesting work in PNG to work out exactly what corruption means to people and how that information can be used to enhance anti-corruption activities

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Research in corruption

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Culture clash as AFP goes to PNG - ABC Online

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Culture clash as AFP goes to PNG
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Papua New Guinea's police force is under-resourced and has a reputation for laziness, ineptitude and disregard for human rights.
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The cultural clashes Liam Fox identifies are just the tip of the iceberg and I will be interested to see how many patrols at Gordons Market (or anywhere else) the AFP 'advisors' are doing in 6 months time

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Bid to reinstate Fiji to Commonwealth - Sky News Australia

Bid to reinstate Fiji to Commonwealth - Sky News Australia | Political developments in the Pacific | Scoop.it
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Bid to reinstate Fiji to Commonwealth
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Senior Commonwealth figures have launched a bid to reinstate Fiji as a member of the group of nations by mid-2014.
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Sport & politics - should Fiji be able to participate in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow before scheduled elections?

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Fiji Constitution Debate Bypasses Outer-Island Women - Women's eNews

Fiji Constitution Debate Bypasses Outer-Island Women - Women's eNews | Political developments in the Pacific | Scoop.it
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Fiji Constitution Debate Bypasses Outer-Island Women
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For those reading Fiji's new constitution with an eye to women's rights, it's half-baked.
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Unsurprisingly, there are  multiple conversations about the political future of Fiji with the rural perspective apparently quite different from that of those who operate predominantly in Suva

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'End Fiji's patron-client politics' - The Australian

'End Fiji's patron-client politics' - The Australian | Political developments in the Pacific | Scoop.it
Fijivillage 'End Fiji's patron-client politics' The Australian FIJI'S system of patron-client politics must end if the Pacific nation is to resolve its coup culture and facilitate a path towards democracy, says the Archbishop of Suva, Peter Loy...
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This is, I believe, the first statement from Archbishop Chong about the political situation in his country

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Papua New Guinea prime minister 'committed' to working with Abbott

Papua New Guinea prime minister 'committed' to working with Abbott | Political developments in the Pacific | Scoop.it
Peter O'Neill's letter of congratulation stresses the importance of bilateral relations between Australia and PNG
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Will be interesting to see how PNG seeks to use the change in power in Canberra to its advantage

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Fiji's opposition rejects new constitution, stays away from government briefing - ABC Online

Fiji's opposition rejects new constitution, stays away from government briefing - ABC Online | Political developments in the Pacific | Scoop.it
Fiji's opposition rejects new constitution, stays away from government briefing
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The document includes significant changes to the electoral system, paving the way for elections before the end of September 2014.
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No doubt there is more detailed analysis to follow - this is an early response from the opposition

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Fiji needs young participation before upcoming election, academic says - Scoop.co.nz (press release)

Fiji needs young participation before upcoming election, academic says - Scoop.co.nz (press release) | Political developments in the Pacific | Scoop.it
Scoop.co.nz (press release) Fiji needs young participation before upcoming election, academic says Scoop.co.nz (press release) “Indeed, this is worrying for Fiji, because it indicates that the cream of Fiji's society is largely refusing to take an...
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After a prolonged period of military rule and no real experience of democracy in action, engaging young people in the political process is a challenge

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Solomon Islands: Ten years of Aus.-led occupation fails to create more than fantasy | Green Left Weekly

Solomon Islands: Ten years of Aus.-led occupation fails to create more than fantasy | Green Left Weekly | Political developments in the Pacific | Scoop.it
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Not the mainstream version of the RAMSI story but not the first time concerns like these have been raised either

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Detainees face serious charges as Nauru nears finalising claims for refugee status

Detainees face serious charges as Nauru nears finalising claims for refugee status | Political developments in the Pacific | Scoop.it
Group of 10 asylum seekers should know their fate within a fortnight as Nauru completes their refugee claims - the first in the year since Labor embraced the Pacific Solution.
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The ongoing impact on local politics and power structures is a matter for concern

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