Saturday 19 Aug 2017 | 02:31 | SYDNEY
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  • 18 Aug 2017 12:01

    South China Sea: Beijing raises the temperature again

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  • 18 Aug 2017 09:55

    Perfidious New Zealand

    The thing that puts New Zealand on the world map is rugby, and New Zealanders will do everything in their power to retain their rugby primacy.

Elections: Papua New Guinea Style!

On 27 June, at the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy, Dr Abby McLeod discussed how, on 30 June, Papua New Guinea goes to the polls after the Sir Michael Somare government became the first government in PNG history to serve its first term. Australia, as PNG's largest source of aid and its former colonial power, is a keen observer of PNG elections, and electoral reform has been a key focus of Australia's good governance program in PNG. However, elections work very differently in PNG than in Australia. Local values and practices mean that PNG's political system continues to produce results that surprise, and often worry, many in Australia and complicate Australia-PNG relations. This election is likely to be no different.


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