• The Pacific step-up turns four

    Graeme Dobell     |      September 10, 2020

    Australia’s much vaunted South Pacific ‘step-up’ has reached its fourth birthday and it remains an ambitious work in progress.

  • COVID-19 and Australian aid in the Pacific

    Terence Wood     |      August 24, 2020

    Above and beyond the COVID crisis, if Australia really wants to help the Pacific, it needs to be a global citizen. Australia can afford to increase its aid budget as aid currently represents less than one per cent of federal spending.

  • This is not the time for Australia to reduce its aid to PNG and the South Pacific

    Jeffrey Wall     |      July 30, 2020

    Australia needs to assure the people in our region that we are not neglecting them despite our own massive fiscal and economic challenges due to COVID-19.

  • Tough choices on COVID-19 in the Pacific

    Tess Newton Cain     |      July 6, 2020

    Many Pacific island countries are COVID-19-free thanks to the swift and decisive actions of governments in closing borders early and keeping them firmly shut but the danger is not over yet so there is no room for complacency.

  • Australian soaps to the Pacific

    Richard Broinowski     |      June 28, 2020

    The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has launched an initiative to send commercial Australian television programs to local stations in the South Pacific.

  • Helping fast-growing Pacific towns battle COVID-19

    Open Forum     |      June 2, 2020

    Pacific islands face unique challenges in combating COVID-19, and will need unique solutions to come out of the crisis unscathed.

  • Australia can play a leading role in the post-COVID Pacific

    Jeffrey Wall     |      April 25, 2020

    When the impact of Covid-19 is fully felt in the Pacific, Australia’s step-up strategy will need to be revised and upgraded to support our neighbours and repel the spectre of unwanted Chinese intrusion.

  • Helping the Pacific survive COVID-19

    Richard Herr     |      April 6, 2020

    The small, developing nations of the Pacific are facing incredible health and economic challenges from the Covid-19 threat, and while Australia battles its own outbreak, it can also take effective measures to help its neighbours.

  • Six inquiries on Australia’s South Pacific step-up

    Graeme Dobell     |      March 17, 2020

    Australia is doing a lot of thinking about what steps to take in the South Pacific, but how high does the ‘Pacific step-up’ have to go?

  • A rising tide swamps the currents of change

    Kerryn Baker     |      January 7, 2020

    The past year has been a time of considerable change for the Pacific Islands, with new leadership, new partnerships and even the potential for new nations all coming into being.

  • 2020 in the Asia Pacific

    Graeme Dobell     |      January 2, 2020

    Pundits across the region have different views about the new year’s prospects for the Asia-Pacific, but all agree that great changes are afoot, with growing dangers to the established international order.

  • Solar powered freezers for Fiji

    Cecilia Duong     |      November 29, 2019

    UNSW students and engineers are using human-centred engineering to help provide electricity to off-grid rural communities in Fiji.