PNG’s foreign policy to be “friends to all and enemies to none”.
From a naval base development to asylum seekers on Manus Island, there were many things the two leaders had to discuss.
Boats moored outside homes in the stilted village of Hanuabada near Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
There are the real challenges facing Papua New Guinea, and the current leadership crisis in Port Moresby may or may not not produce a meaningful response to them.
By preventing Australians from visiting a ‘sacred place’ like the Kokoda Track, it is more likely that local landowners grievances will be met.
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The blockade of the Kokoda Track by local landowners is a product of the complex political and economic issues currently affecting Papua New Guinea.
There are no real alternatives for resettling the refugees on Manus Island elsewhere in the region.
The Australian government must face the uncomfortable truth that it is no longer possible to process or detain asylum seekers and refugees in other countries in our region.
The deal between Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill (centre) and Kevin Rudd delivers a a package of much-needed assistance to the poor country.
At first glance, the deal between prime ministers Kevin Rudd and Peter O’Neill transferring all Australian-bound asylum seekers to Papua New Guinea appears to deliver many benefits to that small poor country…