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Indigenous people, not Australians, should determine Vanuatu's future

19 Nov 2013

To visiting Australians, my home, the island nation of Vanuatu, is either paradise or a Third World backwater. Holidaymakers prize our beaches and clear waters. But workers from aid organisations such as AusAID see limited employment opportunities and poverty.

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Pacific land rights and keeping them safe from big developers

28 Jan 2013

The Pacific is a long way from Davos, in Switzerland, where world leaders have been meeting.

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Vanuatu MP vows to repair roads on Epi

13 Nov 2012

A newly-elected member of Vanutau's Parliament says his top priorities will be to repair the roads and bring development projects to the island of Epi

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Angry landowners force PNG airport closure

13 Nov 2012

Landowners in PNG have shut down the airport on Manus Island over their demands for work connected to the Australian Government's asylum seeker processing centre.

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Proposed laws on NGOs to be introduced

1 Nov 2012

THE Department of Environment and Conservation will be introducing several legislations, among them will be one to control non-government organisations involved with environmental issues, parliament was told yesterday.

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PNG landowners threaten royal visit

30 Oct 2012

LANDOWNERS in Papua New Guinea's capital, Port Moresby, are threatening to shut down the airport ahead a visit by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall this weekend.

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Papua New Guinea: Aust. exec admits role in human rights abuse

30 Oct 2012

The International State Crime Initiative (ISCI) released a report on October 8 documenting a forced eviction that took place in Papua New Guinea’s capital, Port Moresby, on May 12. Residents of Paga Hill had their homes demolished en masse by the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.

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Vete eyes constitutional case over urban land

23 Oct 2012

Indigenous land rights advocate group, Vete are intending to take their customary land claim to another level with plans to launch a constitutional review case over the urban land of Port Vila.

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Land is the new gold

19 Oct 2012

Land grabs by local politicians, foreign states and international corporations are becoming all too common in Melanesia – with disastrous consequences for locals, writes SIOBHAN McDONNELL.

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PNG PM promises to stop land grabs

16 Oct 2012

PNG's Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill, says he will do everything possible to protect his people and his country from irregular land dealings.

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