ANU DPA Bougainville Independence Referendum Symposium

On 23 November 2019, an unprecedented referendum will take place in Bougainville and Papua New Guinea, the culmination of more than 20 years of work towards peace. Bougainvilleans will be asked whether they wish to remain an integral part of Papua New Guinea, but with enhanced autonomy, or to become an independent nation. There are great uncertainties about the referendum, its immediate aftermath and what kind of future may await Papua New Guineans and Bougainvilleans, whatever the result may be.

NEW BOOK: The Bougainville Referendum: Law, Administration and Politics

With the Bougainville referendum due to take place on 23 November 2019, the Department of Pacific Affairs has published a new book by Anthony J. Regan analysing the legal, administrative and political issues arising from these arrangements.

DPA briefing on the Bougainville independence referendum

According Anthony Regan, 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 occur by a June 2019 ‘target’ date

Law, Order and the State in Papua New Guinea

Law and order issues feature prominently in public debate in Papua New Guinea. Concerns centre around criminal violence and the limited effectiveness of state controls.

Do No Harm Research: Bougainville

This report covers the research undertaken in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville as part of the much


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