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Pacific Islands links: New PM in Vanuatu, Australian attitudes to PNG, Fiji-EU relations and more



17 June 2015 14:29

  • Following a successful no-confidence motion in Vanuatu Prime Minister Joe Natuman, Sato Kilman was elected the new PM, his third turn in that office.  But another former Prime Minister, Edward Natapei, has lodged another motion of no confidence and has restarted a debate about changing the constitution to guarantee more political stability.  
  • Conclusions of the first Fiji-EU high-level talks since the return to democracy. 
  • Training and collaboration are the keys to the success of the US Navy's Pacific Partnership, now in Fiji.
  • Results from the 2015 Lowy Institute Poll show Australians seem to have a strong sense of obligation to Papua New Guinea and some understanding of its importance to Australia. 
  • In her 11 June speech to the Lowy Institute, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop emphasised the Pacific  Islands region as the priority for Australian aid, and where Australia has a 'particular responsibility to promote stability and prosperity'. 
  • In a 15 June speech Julie Bishop launched DFAT's Health for Development Strategy and paid special tribute to the collaborative work the Burnet Institute has undertaken in PNG. 
  • The 2015 PNG Update, organised by the ANU's Development Policy Centre and UPNG's School of Business Administration, will be convened at UPNG on 18 and 19 June. The focus is on development challenges in the LNG era. 
  • Coverage of re-elected Autonomous Bougainville Government President John Momis' first speech:

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