The pandemic is an important moment for regional partners to show their commitment to the Pacific. And so far, China hasn't matched its pledges with enough action.
The travel crisis caused by COVID-19 is also an opportunity to end the worst excesses of international tourism for good.
Opening Australia up to the South Pacific before the rest of the world would provide practical aid that Australia's rivals cannot.
While Pacific communities need robust public health reporting, local media face harassment and arrest while covering the crisis.
Over the course of his three voyages, Cook was frustrated by the refusal of Indigenous people to embrace Western ways. He grew increasingly punitive, embodying the 'savagery' he ostensibly despised.
Interviews in three Pacific nations revealed concerns over a lack of balance in the Australia-Pacific relationship and a certain level of racism and disrespect directed towards islanders.
New research shows that Māori and Pasifika scholars are significantly under-represented in New Zealand's universities, making up only 5% and 1.7% of the academic workforce, respectively.
The day and a half it takes to get from New York to Singapore and back offers plenty of time to ponder the economics of ultra-long-haul flights – and wonder why we'd want to make it any longer.
Tattooing tools made and used 2,700 years ago include two blades made on human bone.
Soft power is a country's ability to gain influence through attraction. Australia's soft power in the Pacific began waning when it axed the Australia Network in 2014. And China is filling the gap.
Scott Morrison stepped up Australia's engagement with the Pacific by visiting Vanuatu and Fiji last week and announcing a bilateral partnership with the latter. Here's what he achieved.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison's historic visit to Vanuatu is centred around security. This fits a pattern shifting the focus from development to militarisation in Australia's Pacific foreign policy.
Australia's international relationships were tested in 2018. And the coming year may prove to be even more challenging.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has a busy summit season ahead of him. After early foreign policy stumbles, it's important he reads his briefs, listens to the diplomats and stays humble.
Fijians go to the polls this week in only the second general election since a 2006 coup in which the current prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, seized power. He won an election in 2014.
The Pacific push is against the background of China's growing involvement in the area.
In a speech to the Lowy Institute on Monday, Shorten says Australia's Pacific neighbours want partners for infrastructure projects – “and as PM, I intend to make sure they look to Australia first.
Compared to China's naval ambitions, we seem slow-moving and complacent and lack the agility to keep up with the times.
Introducing yet another special agricultural employment visa might destroy the good things about the ones we've got.
These 'snailfish' look too fragile to exist several miles below the waves.