By Patrick O’Connor, 6 December 2012
As well as emphasising the centrality of PNG’s relations with Canberra and Washington, O’Neill used his Australian trip to curry favour with the mining giants.
By Patrick O’Connor, 13 November 2012
Nearly 10 years after dispatching hundreds of troops, federal police and government officials, Canberra is winding down RAMSI’s military component.
By Frank Gaglioti, 4 October 2012
The small Pacific state is being drawn into the vortex of the US-China rivalry that is reaching into every corner of the region.
By Patrick O’Connor, 4 August 2012
The move is aimed at countering China’s growing diplomatic influence in Fiji and the South Pacific region.
By Patrick O’Connor, 30 July 2012
Michael Somare and Peter O’Neil spent the previous 12 months locked in a bitter power struggle that split the military, police force and state apparatus.
By Mike Head, 10 July 2012
The disruptions have cast doubt on the hopes of the de facto prime minister, and his backers in Canberra and Washington, that the elections would end months of political instability.
By Patrick O’Connor, 2 June 2012
The illegal Australian-backed government has engaged in further desperate manoeuvres and authoritarian measures to remain in office.
By Patrick O’Connor, 25 May 2012
The attempted prosecution of the chief justice on sedition charges is in retaliation for the Supreme Court’s recent confirmation that the O’Neill government remains in power illegally.
By Patrick O’Connor, 14 May 2012
The move was in retaliation for the highly provocative arrest of one of Prime Minister Sato Kilman’s secretaries in Sydney airport.
By Patrick O’Connor, 11 April 2012
Thousands of people protested yesterday in the capital Port Moresby against the government’s bid to delay national elections scheduled for June.
By Patrick O’Connor, 27 March 2012
The O’Neill government is attempting to consolidate power by suppressing its opponents within the judiciary.
By Oliver Campbell, 4 February 2012
Lax safety standards and overcrowding appear to have contributed to the loss of life.
By Will Morrow, 1 February 2012
More than 3,500 people were forced to flee their homes last week to makeshift evacuation centres established in schools, military bases and government buildings.
By Oliver Campbell, 28 January 2012
Local residents said blasting related to Exxon-Mobil’s nearby liquefied natural gas project may have contributed to the disaster.
By Patrick O’Connor, 27 January 2012
The unresolved constitutional crisis reflects the intensifying rivalry between the US and China that is fuelling instability throughout the Asia-Pacific.
By Will Morrow, 6 January 2012
The decision was cautiously welcomed by the US and Australia, signalling a possible rapprochement between the regional powers and the military junta.
By Zac Hambides, 21 December 2011
O’Neill now has the support of the state apparatus, including the military and police, and the governor general, in addition to his parliamentary majority.
By Zac Hambides, 17 December 2011
Canberra’s preoccupation with the events in PNG is driven by deep concerns about growing Chinese involvement in what it has regarded as “its backyard.”
By Will Morrow, 17 December 2011
Commodore Frank Bainimarama’s military regime has deepened its assault on the working class, seeking to lure foreign investment.
By Zac Hambides, 15 December 2011
The impasse in Port Moresby reflects the political volatility being created throughout the Asia-Pacific region by the Washington’s aggressive drive to counter Chinese influence.
By Mike Head, 19 November 2011
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By Mike Head, 17 November 2011
Despite an Indonesian government-backed police ultimatum, the 8,000 striking miners are continuing to man the blockades that have brought production to a halt since September 15.
By Will Morrow, 16 November 2011
The violence is an expression of the extreme poverty that wracks the former Australian colony.
By Will Morrow, 28 October 2011
There are obvious parallels between the failed prosecutions of Dausabea, Ne’e, and Bartlett and the continued efforts of the Australian government to convict former attorney general Julian Moti.
By John Mackay, 29 September 2011
The planned closures have been strongly condemned by Australian health professionals and the World Health Organisation who fear that it will lead to an increase in multi-drug resistant or MDR-TB, already prevalent in PNG.
By Patrick O’Connor, 14 September 2011
The 2006 cables shed light on US backing for Canberra’s aggressive interventions in the Solomons and across the South Pacific.
By John Roberts, 10 September 2011
The lack of agreement between Jakarta and Papuan organisations was quickly underscored by a spate of violence and protest rallies in Jayapura and other towns.
By Patrick O’Connor, 1 September 2011
In 2009, amid fears of rising Chinese influence, the parliamentary secretary for Pacific Island Affairs secretly urged the US to pressure Prime Minister Rudd to reach an accommodation with the Fijian regime.
By Will Morrow, 20 August 2011
The detention centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea was part of the previous Coalition government’s infamous “Pacific Solution” in which refugees languished for years.
By Patrick O’Connor, 5 August 2011
The seven High Court justices heard further allegations of serious violations of the rule of the law by the Australian government in the South Pacific.
By Patrick O’Connor, 4 August 2011
The Australian High Court is hearing an appeal by former Solomon Islands’ Attorney General Julian Moti alleging that the government’s attempt to prosecute him is politically motivated and unlawful.
By Patrick O’Connor, 30 July 2011
The High Court will next week hear the appeal of the former Solomon Islands attorney general, who has waged a five year battle against the Australian government’s attempt to prosecute him on what he alleges are “politically motivated” statutory rape allegations.
By Frank Gaglioti, 18 July 2011
The initiative was aimed at reinforcing US dominance in the region and came as the Obama administration stepped up its provocative efforts to contain Chinese influence in East Asia.
By Robert Morgan, 27 May 2011
Beijing told Canberra the 2009 flight to Fiji was a mere “transit” stopover, en route to Latin America, but Vice President Xi Jinping then spent two days meeting with senior junta members.
By Frank Gaglioti and Patrick O’Connor, 25 May 2011
Lieutenant Colonel Tevita Mara has coupled his demand for “regime change” with an appeal to Australia and New Zealand to intervene.
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By Patrick O’Connor, 9 April 2011
The former Solomon Islands’ attorney general won an important victory yesterday in his ongoing battle against the Australian government’s efforts to open a politically motivated criminal trial, based on trumped up statutory rape allegations.
By Patrick O’Connor, 4 April 2011
Canberra’s strategy of shoring up its control over the South Pacific by forcing the military to return Fiji to civilian rule now lies in tatters.
By Patrick O’Connor, 12 February 2011
Solomon Islands Prime Minister Danny Philip has accused the Australian Labor government of plotting to bring down his government.
By Patrick O’Connor, 8 January 2011
Former Solomon Islands’ Attorney General Julian Moti is preparing a High Court challenge to the Australian government’s politically motivated attempt to prosecute him on statutory rape charges.
By Zac Hambides, 27 November 2010
The main concern of the Australian government has been to close its borders with PNG, while providing minimal aid to the people of its former colonial possession.
By Zac Hambides, 27 November 2010
The main concern of the Australian government has been to close its borders with PNG, while providing minimal aid to the people of its former colonial possession.
By Frank Gaglioti, 21 October 2010
The Obama administration has moved to reestablish ties with the military regime in Fiji, cutting across the Australian government’s imposition of sanctions.
By Peter Byrne and Patrick O’Connor, 1 September 2010
The national election was only the second to be held under the watch of the Australian-dominated neo-colonial intervention force, the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI).
By Patrick O’Connor, 16 August 2010
Military personnel with the Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands shot and killed an unarmed local man and wounded another in an incident on the outskirts of the capital, Honiara, last Thursday.
By Patrick O’Connor, 14 August 2010
The former Solomon Islands’ attorney general is once again threatened with trial on politically motivated statutory rape allegations, following a decision last month by the Queensland Supreme Court of Appeal to overturn an earlier court ruling that the charges be dismissed.
By Patrick O’Connor, 15 July 2010
Amid rising great power rivalries across the Pacific, the Australian government sabotaged a meeting of Melanesian Spearhead Group heads of government that was due to be held in Fiji next week.
By Frank Gaglioti, 12 July 2010
The Media Industry Development Decree 2010 contains a series of antidemocratic prescriptions aimed at silencing any voices of opposition against the regime.
By Patrick O’Connor, 2 June 2010
Public prosecutors yesterday asked the Queensland Court of Appeal to overturn the legal victory recorded by former Solomon Islands Attorney General Julian Moti late last year when the Australian government’s attempt to prosecute him on politically motivated statutory rape charges was blocked by the Queensland Supreme Court.
By Patrick O’Connor, 18 March 2010
Cyclone Tomas inflicted major damage in parts of Fiji this week. Fiji’s military dictator, Frank Bainimarama declared a state of emergency in the country’s northern and eastern divisions.
By Patrick O’Connor, 13 March 2010
The report is further confirmation of the provocative character of the witch-hunt waged by the Australian government against the international and constitutional lawyer.
By Patrick O’Connor, 26 February 2010
Australian public prosecutors have issued a notice of appeal against a court ruling last December that threw out statutory rape charges against former Solomon Islands’ attorney general Julian Moti.
By Patrick O’Connor, 3 February 2010
Pressure is mounting within the Australian foreign policy establishment for Canberra to normalise relations with the Fijian military junta.
By Frank Gaglioti, 11 January 2010
Earthquakes and a tsunami hit the Solomon Islands’ Western Province last week, destroying entire villages.
By Patrick O’Connor, 9 January 2010
The growing nervousness of the Solomon Islands’ and Australian governments in the face of escalating domestic opposition to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands found peculiar expression in the country’s parliament last month, with prominent parliamentarian Peter Boyers denouncing the World Socialist Web Site.
By Patrick O’Connor and Linda Levin, 23 December 2009
The extraordinary five-year vendetta has cast light on Canberra’s neo-colonial operations in the South Pacific, as well as the complicity of the entire political and media establishment—ranged across the official political spectrum, from the openly right wing to the ex-radical “left”.
By Patrick O’Connor, 17 December 2009
In an important victory for democratic rights, former Solomon Islands’ attorney general Julian Moti has succeeded in blocking the Australian government’s attempt to frame him on statutory rape charges.
By Patrick O’Connor, 17 November 2009
A report released by the Solomon Islands’ parliamentary Foreign Relations Committee last Thursday brushes aside many serious issues regarding the legal status of the immunity of RAMSI personnel from Solomons’ law.
By the Victoria University of Wellington ISSE, 16 November 2009
In a blatant attack on democratic rights, two former university students were arrested when they attempted to deliver a petition to the administration of Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) in New Zealand on October 21.
By Richard Phillips, 13 November 2009
By reaching a deal with Colombo—that is, with the regime responsible for the oppression of Tamils—the Australian Labor government is legitimising its police state measures and nullifying the basic right of all people to seek asylum under international law.
By Mike Head, 13 November 2009
Despite objections by defence lawyers, highly-prejudicial and untested prosecution evidence was released to the media in Australia’s latest large-scale terrorist trial.
By Laura Tiernan, 12 November 2009
The Democratic Socialist Perspective will dissolve itself into the ailing Socialist Alliance electoral front in January 2010. Modelled closely on France’s New Anti-capitalist Party, the DSP is making a pitch for allies in official bourgeois politics, above all the Greens.
By Alex Messenger, 11 November 2009
The corporate press claims that the Australian financial system has survived the global financial crisis because of good regulation and sound banking practice. In truth, Australian banks only survived because of unprecedented government intervention.
By Patrick O’Connor, 10 November 2009
Defence counsel for former Solomon Islands’ attorney general Julian Moti issued its closing submission to the Queensland Supreme Court on Friday.
By Richard Phillips, 9 November 2009
The Rudd government is intensifying its pressure on 78 Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers aboard the Oceanic Viking to disembark and enter Indonesian immigration detention centers.
By Frank Gaglioti, 7 November 2009
Tensions between Fiji and the two regional powers, Australia and New Zealand, intensified further this week after Suva expelled two top diplomats for interfering in the country’s internal affairs.
By Mike Head, 7 November 2009
Throughout the oil spill crisis, the Rudd government has been preoccupied with protecting the image and profits of the multi-billion dollar offshore drilling industry.
By Terry Cook, 7 November 2009
About 190 professional engineers at Qantas voted by 98 percent to take industrial action after seven months of negotiations for a new work agreement failed to resolve issues over pay and working conditions.
7 November 2009
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By Patrick O’Connor, 6 November 2009
Hearings over the past two days have been dominated by two key issues—Australian complicity with lawyer Julian Moti’s allegedly unlawful removal from the Solomons in December 2007, and the staggering amounts of money paid to members of the alleged victim’s family.
By Laura Tiernan, 6 November 2009
The photograph published in yesterday’s press of John Faulkner, the Defence Minister in the Australian Labor government, draping an honorary Order of Australia around the neck of General David Petraeus, speaks volumes.
By Wije Dias, 6 November 2009
The plight of Tamils living in intolerable conditions in Sri Lanka has been brought into sharp relief by the tragic drowning of 12 Tamil asylum seekers attempting to reach Australia in a small vessel.
Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 4 November 2009
The tragic drowning of 12 Sri Lankan Tamils northwest of the Cocos Islands on Sunday is another grim reminder that the election of the Rudd Labor government in November 2007 has changed nothing for refugees and asylum seekers.
By Patrick O’Connor, 4 November 2009
In Queensland’s Supreme Court, defence counsel for former Solomon Islands’ attorney general Julian Moti condemned Australian authorities for “bringing the administration of justice into disrepute”.
By Mathew Benn, 3 November 2009
A rally called by the Refugee Action Committee to protest the Labor government’s callous treatment of refugees was dominated by futile appeals for “compassion” from Prime Minister Rudd.
By Mike Head, 3 November 2009
The Rudd government’s Fair Work Ombudsman and Qantas are seeking fines, multi-million dollar compensation
By Richard Phillips, 2 November 2009
Two weeks after an Australian customs ship rescued 78 Tamil asylum seekers, the unresolved standoff over their future has focussed attention on the Labor government’s inhumane and illegal treatment of refugees.
By Patrick O’Connor, 2 November 2009
September marked the tenth anniversary of the Australian-led military intervention into East Timor. It is also a decade since a layer of pseudo “left” groups organised “troops in” demonstrations—performing a vital service for the Howard government and the Australian ruling elite.
By Mike Head, 30 October 2009
A Muslim man faces up to 14 years in prison for sending allegedly offensive letters to the families of Australian soldiers killed in Afghanistan.
By Terry Cook, 29 October 2009
The Bridgestone closures, which end tyre production in Australasia, are part of a global restructuring of the auto industry, in the wake of the worldwide financial crisis.
By Richard Phillips, 28 October 2009
The Rudd government is planning an “Indonesian solution” paying Jakarta to incarcerate refugees intercepted while trying to reach Australia.
By M. Vasanthan, 28 October 2009
All the plantation unions, including those that initially opposed it, have effectively fallen into line behind a deal that binds workers to poverty-level wages and productivity speed-up for the next two years.
By Mike Head, 22 October 2009
Following one of the longest jury deliberations ever recorded—23 days—five Sydney Islamic men were convicted last week on terrorist “conspiracy” charges.
By Patrick O’Connor, 21 October 2009
Justice Mullins concluded that the police and prosecution’s failure to disclose all the relevant documents on time meant that defence’s cross examination of the prosecution’s witnesses could not proceed this week.
By Patrick O’Connor, 20 October 2009
Australian Federal Police agent Peter Bond was cross examined yesterday in the Queensland Supreme Court case brought by former Solomon Islands’ attorney general Julian Moti.
By Richard Phillips, 17 October 2009
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s response to the Tamil refugees is completely predictable and reflects the views of the entire political establishment, from the crisis ridden Liberal-National coalition to the corporate media and the unions.
By Patrick O’Connor, 17 October 2009
On Thursday morning, Moti’s counsel Jim Kennan SC explained that in the previous 48 hours, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) had handed over more than 1,500 pages of documents.
By Chris Ross and John Braddock, 16 October 2009
Over the past two months, workers in New Zealand have faced an intensifying barrage of attacks on their jobs, wages, and working conditions.
By Patrick O’Connor, 15 October 2009
The Queensland Supreme Court resumed hearings yesterday on the application by former Solomon Islands’ attorney general Julian Moti, for a permanent stay of proceedings in the attempt by Australian prosecuting authorities to try him on charges relating to statutory rape allegations that were discharged by a Vanuatu magistrate in 1998.
By Terry Cook, 13 October 2009
A recently released report by Australia’s Productivity Commission into CEO salaries has opposed any significant restraint on the multi-million dollar remuneration packages.
By Richard Phillips, 12 October 2009
In line with the previous Liberal-National coalition administration, the Australian Labor government has begun deporting refugees it claims do not qualify as asylum-seekers.
SEP public meetings in Sydney and Melbourne
8 October 2009
The SEP/ISSE meetings will discuss the historical lessons of World War II. That terrible conflagration was not inevitable. It was above all the product of the treachery of Social Democracy and Stalinism, which betrayed the working class and enabled capitalism to survive the revolutionary convulsions of the preceding period.
Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 7 October 2009
Since its election in November 2007, the Rudd Labor government has escalated Australian military involvement in the Afghan conflict. Just as Afghanistan is now referred to as Obama’s war, so it has become Rudd’s war.
By Tom Peters, 7 October 2009
In absolute terms the number of people affected by the tsunami in Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga is small, but, per capita, the level of destruction is enormous.
By Alex Messenger, 5 October 2009
Revelations arising from the murder of Sydney loan-shark Michael McGurk highlight links between NSW Labor and an underworld of property moguls and violent criminals.
3 October 2009
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific
the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 1 October 2009
A “no” vote must be the first step towards a coordinated industrial and political campaign mounted in opposition to the grossly inadequate salaries and dangerous working conditions endured by ambulance workers, and in defence of the public health system as a whole.
By Richard Phillips, 29 September 2009
The government has intensified its efforts to stop Mamdouh Habib, a 53-year-old Australian citizen and father of four, from suing over its role in his illegal detention and torture in Pakistan, Egypt, Afghanistan and Guantánamo Bay between 2001 and 2005.
By Alex Safari, 29 September 2009
A huge dust storm blanketed large areas of Australia’s southeastern coast last Wednesday, covering cities and towns in the states of New South Wales and Queensland, before moving out to sea towards New Zealand.
By Mike Head, 26 September 2009
The trade unions are enforcing Labor’s industrial legislation that goes far beyond the previous government’s “Work Choices” laws in prohibiting nearly all strikes.
By Patrick O’Connor, 24 September 2009
The Australian media has imposed an effective blackout on proceedings brought before the Queensland Supreme Court by former Solomon Islands’ Attorney General Julian Moti.