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.
The residence of Tongan prime minister Akilisi Pohiva has been gutted by fire as he receives treatment for ongoing, but unknown, medical issues.
From Wednesday, Google will change the way it ranks search, prioritising companies that have mobile-friendly websites when people use the search engine on smart phones or tablet computers.
It’s now been confirmed that Australia’s Senate will establish a Select Committee to review allegations relating to conditions and circumstances at the Australian-run Regional Processing Centre on Nauru.
An international court overnight dismissed the claims of Papua New Guinea company Oil Search that it retained ownership of 40 per cent of the Elk-Antelope gas field in the nation’s Gulf Province.
Port Moresby is further relaxing the ban on betel nut, adding restricted areas for its sale and use at the newly renovated Koki market.
The Vanuatu government has announced a new attempt to change its parliamentary system to stop MPs crossing the floor and to clarify the affiliations of independents.
Radio Australia’s shortwave signal to Asia will cease this weekend, another result the ABC says of recent government funding cuts.