Budget 2018: Australia to pay for new high-speed internet cable for PNG and Solomons using aid funds

Budget 2018: Australia to pay for new high-speed internet cable for PNG and Solomons using aid funds

Posted May 06, 2018 04:50:40 Photo: Australia already has a number of underwater cables in the Asia-Pacific region. (Supplied: TeleGeography) Australia has promised to build a new high-speed internet cable for Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands after Chinese influence concerns, but questions have been raised about the Government’s decision …

Vanuatu plans to permanently evacuate entire volcanic island as Australia pledges aid

Vanuatu plans to permanently evacuate entire volcanic island as Australia pledges aid

Posted May 03, 2018 20:04:11 Photo: The island was temporarily evacuated last September when the eruption cycle began. (AP: Brad Scott/GeoHazards Divison) The Pacific nation of Vanuatu is preparing to permanently evacuate the entire population of one of its islands as thick ash spewing from a volcano kills crops, dirties …

Myanmar’s claim of first Rohingya refugee repatriation disputed by Bangladesh and aid agency

Myanmar’s claim of first Rohingya refugee repatriation disputed by Bangladesh and aid agency

Updated April 16, 2018 08:37:57 Photo: Myanmar immigration officials examine documents and photographs with a Rohingya family of five at a receiving centre. (AP: Myanmar Government Information Committee) The Bangladeshi Government and the United Nations refugee agency have disputed Myanmar’s claim it had repatriated what appears to be the first …

Foreign aid: Australia must match the generosity of those we’re helping

Foreign aid: Australia must match the generosity of those we’re helping

Posted April 10, 2018 17:43:24 Photo: A Rohingya refugee climbs a muddy hill to collect water in Balhukali camp, Bangladesh. (Supplied: Oxfam/Aurelie Marrier d’Unienville) I stepped under the flap into the tiny, sand-floored tent cut into the hill side of Bangladesh. It was oppressively hot and dusty inside. A couple …

Julie Bishop uses PNG trip to remind Pacific nations of Australia’s aid contributions

Julie Bishop uses PNG trip to remind Pacific nations of Australia’s aid contributions

Posted March 22, 2018 12:40:57 The Australian Government is making a push to re-establish itself as the dominant nation in the South Pacific, with fresh aid spending and official visits. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is using a trip to Papua New Guinea and Tonga to remind Pacific nations that Australia’s …

Cate Blanchett questions Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s stance on Rohingya refugee crisis, calls for aid

Cate Blanchett questions Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s stance on Rohingya refugee crisis, calls for aid

Updated March 22, 2018 07:20:33 Video: Cate Blanchett on Myanmar leader’s Rohingya stance (ABC News) Australian actor Cate Blanchett says it is “bewildering” Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi has not spoken out about the atrocities being committed against Rohingya Muslims in her country. Key points: Blanchett visited Rohingya refugees …

Low mental health legal representation in regional Victoria affects patient outcomes, Legal Aid says

Low mental health legal representation in regional Victoria affects patient outcomes, Legal Aid says

Posted March 21, 2018 18:15:42 Victoria Legal Aid has called for improved legal representation for mentally ill patients facing the state’s tribunal over treatment options. The legal service said one of its specialist mental health lawyers in regional Victoria had been covering multiple country towns. Figures from Legal Aid show …