Historically, most Pacific visa programs in Australia have been tied to labour mobility. And none has specifically referenced climate change as a driving rationale.
Since its early history, Australia has seen the Pacific as a vast, empty region where foreign powers threatened its security. This focus has undermined our effectiveness in the region.
While the US is still primarily focused on countering Chinese influence in the region, Australia is making a real impact with its Pacific Engagement Visa.
In a crowded region, it’s hard to know who is doing what, and where. Effective statecraft, though, is not always measured by quantity over quality.
There are limits around what Australia might hope to achieve and what it should expect in Beijing, but there is room for cooperation.
New research looks at how different species have managed to cross geographic barriers throughout history and whether their individual traits played a crucial role in these journeys.
A ‘no’ result in the vote could compromise Australia’s moral authority when it seeks to advocate or pressure other states on human rights issues.
From the cuscus with the fancy coat, to the wallaby often sporting a single white glove, a wide variety of life evolved on island homes in the south-west Pacific.
How has China managed to make such deep inroads in the region so quickly? Higher-calibre diplomats and companies willing to do the bidding of Beijing.
An El Niño weather-warming phase is underway in the Pacific – but what does this mean for the weather in Europe?
NATO’s growing presence in the Pacific evokes a painful history that the western world has never confronted or fully acknowledged.
Many Pacific islanders would likely not feel exploited serving in a foreign army; they would see it as an honourable duty that comes with economic benefits to improve their lives.
The meeting is just the second US state visit during the Biden administration. It comes as Washington and Seoul face common concerns.
Labor has touted a renewed engagement with the Asia-Pacific since coming to power. The submarine deal, however, is not in this spirit.
The sea level around Vanuatu is rising at a rate nearly twice the global average. New research tells a story of both loss and resilience.
When Pacific Forum economic ministers meet today in Vanuatu, the region’s troubled airline sector should be high on their agenda.
New research examines why Māori and Pacific representation in university STEM subjects remain so stubbornly low.
Women candidates in PNG often lack support and funding, but increasing women’s political participation could lead to more equality and greater democracy
Research suggests more should be spent on English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) support – earlier in the school system, before it’s too late.
Pacific nations are increasingly setting their own agendas, meaning Australia and New Zealand are having to learn to listen.