The security treaty signed last week is the logical next step in the two countries’ relationship. But Australia’s interests in PNG should remain broad-based.
Melanesia’s tropical islands are home to at least 700 species of frogs – many with tiny ranges. We must safeguard these biological treasures.
Oral histories talk about a major tectonic event 250 years ago, which changed the course of a river flowing through Lae today.
The project threatens catastrophic harm to one of the world’s most important river systems, and the people who depend on it.
To repair our relationship with the Pacific, the new government must make swift decisions addressing the climate emergency. But that’s just the starting point.
Gift-giving might seem needlessly cumbersome and stressful. But the costs and benefits of the custom aren’t what they seem.
First Nations leaders Pabai Pabai and Paul Kabai filed a landmark class action against the Australian government to protect communities in the Torres Strait from climate change.
Many in PNG have access to the vaccine, even in the remotest corners of the country. But the problem is a deep-seated fear of the vaccine.
Struggling with a a fragile healthcare system, remote populations and widespread fear of the vaccine, COVID is running rampant in PNG. Australia has done much to help, but is it enough?
Many are concerned that the highway is being built to benefit powerful commercial interests and not Indigenous people and will accelerate forest loss as seen in Sumatra and Kalimantan.
Rich countries have promised to compensate poor ones for the impacts of climate change.
Name tunes are unknown in most of the world, but they are found in two very distant communities.
While most other Pacific nations take a strong abolitionist stances on the death penalty, PNG is moving in the opposite direction – despite not having executed any prisoners since 1954.
Australia has sent help to its nearest neighbour to deal with its COVID crisis. But to really forge the next chapter in that relationship, we need to understand the history between the two countries.
Our neighbour’s stability and prosperity is in our interests. Surely, there can be no better example of this than the current crisis: what is good for PNG is also good for Australia.
An out-of-control COVID epidemic in PNG would be a humanitarian and economic disaster for the nation itself, and a grave threat to the region.
With his strong belief in sana – consensus – over insurrection, Somare was central to PNG’s independence and a pivotal figure in Pacific politics.
A new study explores how feelings of relative poverty can negatively affect gender dynamics among households.
Decision-makers, locally and globally, must balance management of pandemics with a recognition that fish and fishing communities are essential to local well being.
With tarantula-like orchids and giant bananas, New Guinea is officially the most floristically diverse island in the world.