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Solomon Islands election observation

12 April 2019

Local members of ANU’s Solomon Islands election observation mission underwent intensive training in Honiara in late March to prepare them for deployment to 15 different constituencies ahead of...

William Austin (Bill) Standish

4 April 2019

Pacific – especially Papua New Guinea – colleagues of Bill Standish were shocked and saddened by his death on Sunday 31 March. For some fifty years Bill has been one of the very best informed and...

Launch of DPA’s observation report on the 2017 Papua New Guinea General Elections

1 April 2019

On 26 March 2019, Professor Betty Lovai, Dean of the University of Papua New Guinea’s (UPNG) School of Humanities and Social Sciences launched the Australian National University’s observation report...

Peter John Elder

29 March 2019

Our colleague, Peter Elder, passed away on Sunday, the 24th of March. He was well past 92 years and until recently –when we shifted to the new corridor – Peter would come in regularly each day to...

Panel convenor, DPA Research Fellow Dr Kerryn Baker was joined by Honourable Ali’imalemanu Alofa Tuuau (MP, Samoa), Dr Transform Aqorau (a former Chief Executive Officer of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement and a DPA Visiting Fellow) and Sarah Garap (a renowned social and political activist from Papua New Guinea).

Panel on Women’s Political Participation in the Pacific

18 March 2019

On International Women’s Day 2019 a large audience, including a contingent of current male and female Australia Awards scholars, attended a special panel seminar on Pacific women’s political...

Bougainville referendum counting

DPA briefing on the Bougainville independence referendum

19 February 2019

It seems likely that a Bougainville independence referendum will take place, based on the steps the Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Bougainville governments have taken so far, although it is unlikely to...

Pacific solidarity crucial to end exploitation, says Pacific Community head

18 February 2019

Regional solidarity is crucial for Pacific Island nations to curb the influence of powerful external actors, said Dr Colin Tukuitonga at The Australian National University (ANU) in February. Dr...

New report on Protection Orders in Lae, PNG

18 February 2019

A new report authored by DPA’s Judy Putt, as well as Theresa Phillips, Davida Thomas and Lindy Kanan, details the results of a study into the the uptake and efficacy of family protection orders(FPOs...

Department of Pacific Affairs and University of Hawaii take lead on new ‘China in the Pacific’ volume

13 February 2019

For nearly a year the Department of Pacific Affairs’ (DPA) Dr Graeme Smith has been collaborating with the University of Hawaii’s Professor Terrence Wesley-Smith on a new book looking at the...

DPA hosts roundtable with Pacific Community Director-General

6 February 2019

DPA was proud to host an academic roundtable with Dr Colin Tukuitonga, Director-General of the Pacific Community. Dr Tukuitonga provided his thoughts on regionalism as an opportunity for Pacific...

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