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Fiji’s Kubuabola draws attention after scathing attack on Australia’s Manus deal

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Fiji Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola does not approve of Australia’s recent agreement with Papua New Guinea. Image: fijisun.com.fj

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Pacific Media Watch

Several media reports have highlighted Fiji Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola’s critical speech on Australia’s asylum seeker agreement with Papua New Guinea the last few days.

In the speech, Ratu Inoke clearly stated the Fijian Government’s dissatisfaction with the agreement.

“The Fijian Government is decidedly less than happy about Australia’s plan to move asylum seekers seeking to settle in Australia into Melanesia – into our neighbourhood.”

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Poet of politics and Polynesia at Massey

Press Release – Massey University

Award-winning poet, graphic novelist and childrens author Robert Sullivan will read and discuss his work at a Writers Read event at Massey Universitys Albany campus on August 7. Read more »

Australian minister dodges questions on Manus Island torture allegations

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SBS Dateline’s David O’Shea reports that Hazara, Rohingya and Iranian asylum seekers in Indonesia are confused over Australia’s new policy, but many still plan to try the boat journey. Image: SBS Dateline

Pacific Scoop:
Analysis – By Professor Wendy Bacon of New Matilda

There was once a time when, if credible allegations were made to an Australian Labor minister of torture and abuse at a detention centre unfit to be a “dog kennel”, he would not have vowed to send thousands more potential victims to the very same situation before conducting a “proper investigation of the facts”.

But this weekend, as thousands of protesters called for a halt to the Rudd Government’s promise to send asylum seekers coming by boat to Papua New Guinea, denying them any chance to settle in Australia, the Minister for Immigration Tony Burke did just that.

Over two days the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) paid private company Toll Logistics to fly four planeloads laden with 40 containers of tents to Port Moresby, capital of Papua New Guinea.

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Defence Minister attends earthquake exercise

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman has met with participants taking part in a defence multinational and interagency planning exercise based on a major earthquake disaster in Wellington. Read more »

5 Activists Arrested Papua Merdeka

Press Release – Anne Noonan

Jayapura – Papua Merdeka Five activists were arrested during a demonstration on Monday (29/7) yesterday, supports a national action agenda relating to Self Determination (Self-Determination, ed) for the people of West Papuans, including PPB meeting of … Read more »

Congratulations on OBE for Public Service

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First has congratulated Feleti Penitala Teo on being awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition of his contribution to public service in Tuvalu. Mr Teo is the Deputy Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat … Read more »

Rotary New Zealand Supports Cataract Surgery in Fiji

Press Release – Rotary

The Rotary Fiji Cataract Surgery initiative is a twice annual program held at Taveuni Island Hospital, Fiji and is endorsed by Rotary New Zealand. 250 surgeries have been booked for the next program starting on Monday 4th November this year. This will … Read more »

Senior Regional Bureaucrat honoured by the Queen

Press Release – Pacific Islands Forum

Deputy Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Mr. Feleti Penitala Teo, has been awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition of his distinguished public service career to Tuvalu. Read more »

Tokelau’s Debut Annual Inflation Measure

Press Release – Tokelau Affairs

Tokelaus Debut Annual Inflation Measure Shows 0.5 Percent Increase For the Year to June Read more »

Tagged Tuna Recaptured After 13 Years On the Run

Press Release – Secretariat of the Pacific Community

A bigeye tuna has been re-captured nearly 13 years after it was originally caught, tagged and released as part of a scientific experiment. Read more »

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