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Bougainville Votes for Independence From Papua New Guinea
December 14, 2019

Bougainville Votes for Independence From Papua New Guinea

By Associated Press
Over 98 percent of voters in a long-awaited referendum wanted independence. Will they get it?
The Politics Behind Australia’s Submarine Maintenance Decision
December 13, 2019

The Politics Behind Australia’s Submarine Maintenance Decision

By Adil Cader
National defense becomes a domestic political issue in Australia.

Australian Government Repeals Life-Saving Medevac Law
December 12, 2019

Australian Government Repeals Life-Saving Medevac Law

By Joshua Mcdonald
The medevac law allowed doctors in Australia’s offshore detention facilities to approve the transfer of sick refugees to Australia.

Why Australia Seeks Deeper Relations With Indonesia
December 09, 2019

Why Australia Seeks Deeper Relations With Indonesia

By Grant Wyeth
Being able to identify areas of mutual interest and find ways to cooperate with Indonesia has been a long-standing hope for Australia.

Going Their Own Way: Western Australia’s Asia Strategy
December 06, 2019

Going Their Own Way: Western Australia’s Asia Strategy

By Adil Cader
An Australian state government has launched a comprehensive strategy for engagement with Asian nations.
Measles Outbreak Brings Samoan Government to Standstill
December 04, 2019

Measles Outbreak Brings Samoan Government to Standstill

By Joshua Mcdonald
Samoa shuts down its government amid a deadly measles outbreak and an anti-vaccine campaign.

Australia Plans Return of Indian Artifacts
November 29, 2019

Australia Plans Return of Indian Artifacts

By Grant Wyeth
Seeking to build relations with New Delhi, Canberra plans to return Indian artifacts purchased from a discredited art dealer.
Chinese Spy Defects to Australia Offering a Trove of Security and Intelligence Information
November 27, 2019

Chinese Spy Defects to Australia Offering a Trove of Security and Intelligence Information

By Joshua Mcdonald
Wang “William” Liqiang told Australia’s Nine Network that he’d been working as a Chinese spy.

Australia Investigates China Plot to Plant Spy in Parliament
November 26, 2019

Australia Investigates China Plot to Plant Spy in Parliament

By Associated Press
The alleged plot follows a separate series of shocking confessions from a self-identified Chinese spy seeking asylum in Australia.

Japan and Australia Deepen Defense Ties
November 25, 2019

Japan and Australia Deepen Defense Ties

By Grant Wyeth
Tokyo and Canberra now see each other as their most important -- and most reliable -- security partner after their respective alliances with the United States.

Will Bougainville Reopen the Panguna Mine?
November 22, 2019

Will Bougainville Reopen the Panguna Mine?

By Joshua Mcdonald
With an independence referendum on the horizon, reopening the Panguna mine offers both attractive opportunities and terrible consequences.
New Zealand Takes the Lead on Climate Change
November 13, 2019

New Zealand Takes the Lead on Climate Change

By Joshua Mcdonald
New Zealand cements itself as leader in the Pacific on climate issues as Australia abdicates.

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