Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has forthrightly stated that a main thrust of the nation’s new Cybersecurity Law is to target so-called “cowards” on the internet who “bully or slander”.
Domestic violence is at the forefront of public debate, with staggering figures showing it affects a third of all women in Australia.
A Fiji high school sprinter has set herself up for a surprise wildcard entry to the Rio Olympics.
Finally this week on Pacific Beat, let’s pay homage to the people of Fiji as they work hard to rebuild after Cyclone Winston by hearing about their needs, via their own voices.
A sting by a global NGO on high profile Papua New Guinea lawyers and broadcast on Australian television has caused an uproar in legal and political circles, as well as some of the more fiery social media sites.
The Australian government has successfully rushed through legislation that explicitly authorises offshore detention funding for Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island, before a High Court challenge to its policy.
The secretary-general of the Pacific Islands Forum, Dame Meg Taylor, says she is prepared for Fiji to take its time before deciding on its future involvement with the regional group.
One aspect that hasn’t changed between this Australian budget and the last is the downward direction of aid and development funding as cuts of more than seven billion dollars over five years, signalled in last year’s budget, start to bite.
The 10th round of negotiations for the the Pacific nations’ trade agreement known as PACER Plus ended last night in Vanuatu.
The regional furore over the Indonesian government’s executions by firing squad of eight convicted drug offenders has turned the spotlight on Papua New Guinea’s plans to re-institute the death penalty there.