PNG fisherman uncovers 60 kilograms of suspected illicit drugs buried on remote beach

PNG fisherman uncovers 60 kilograms of suspected illicit drugs buried on remote beach

By Bethanie Harriman in Port Moresby Posted May 11, 2018 17:09:09 Photo: Fisherman found 11 bags containing what they believed were hard drugs. (Supplied) Related Story: Ice is Australia’s illicit drug of choice and its use is increasing, according to wastewater analysis Related Story: Fears ice infiltrating remote Top End …

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 …

PNG Governor’s alleged partner’s company receiving $1.2 million a year to teach yoga

PNG Governor’s alleged partner’s company receiving $1.2 million a year to teach yoga

Posted April 25, 2018 22:20:53 Photo: Ms Bazari says she pays herself a salary of $2,000 per month, plus extras. (Supplied: Facebook) Related Story: In pictures: Papua New Guinea embraces yoga A scandal about an expensive yoga program has triggered a criminal investigation involving the governor of Port Moresby in …

PNG grandmother held in detention by Australian Border Force after suffering acute appendicitis

PNG grandmother held in detention by Australian Border Force after suffering acute appendicitis

Updated April 17, 2018 11:14:14 A grandmother from Papua New Guinea is being held in a Brisbane detention centre after being airlifted to Far North Queensland for medical treatment. Rapia Komonde was taken by her husband from their remote village in PNG to a medical centre on Saibai Island in …

Indonesian fugitive Djoko Tjandra’s PNG citizenship unlawful, Ombudsman Commission finds

Indonesian fugitive Djoko Tjandra’s PNG citizenship unlawful, Ombudsman Commission finds

Updated April 12, 2018 16:31:34 Papua New Guinea’s government watchdog has found the citizenship granted to a wealthy Indonesian fugitive was unlawful and should be revoked. Key points: Tjandra was allowed to change his date of birth and name on PNG passport Ombudsman Commission recommends citizenship and passport be revoked …

PNG earthquake: Women and children facing ‘double trauma’ from quake and tribal fighting

PNG earthquake: Women and children facing ‘double trauma’ from quake and tribal fighting

Posted April 02, 2018 07:23:51 Photo: The PNG Government says 35,000 people have been displaced by the earthquake. (ABC News: Eric Tlozek) Made homeless by tribal enemies who kidnapped and gang-raped her last year, *Mary fled to a neighbouring village in Papua New Guinea’s highlands to seek shelter. “I was …

Port Moresby’s homeless children will be processed, put in out-of-home care, PNG family services says

Port Moresby’s homeless children will be processed, put in out-of-home care, PNG family services says

By Bethanie Harriman in Port Moresby Updated March 26, 2018 17:53:52 Photo: The boys take shelter in public toilets on rainy days. (ABC: Bethanie Harriman) Related Story: Fears a whole generation of children will miss out on schooling because of PNG earthquake Related Story: There is a disaster on our …

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 …

PNG earthquake: A whole ‘generation’ of children at risk of missing out on schooling in devastated Highlands

PNG earthquake: A whole ‘generation’ of children at risk of missing out on schooling in devastated Highlands

Posted March 21, 2018 15:30:32 Photo: A group of people await for the arrival of food relief. (Supplied: Thomas Nybo) A month after a deadly magnitude-7.5 earthquake struck Papua New Guinea’s Highlands, aid workers have warned that an entire “generation” of children may miss out on a proper education. The …

Manus Island: PNG wants Australia to put deadline on refugee resettlement

Manus Island: PNG wants Australia to put deadline on refugee resettlement

Updated March 21, 2018 09:07:52 Photo: Julie Bishop says new resettlement countries are not being considered for Manus Island refugees. (ABC News: Bethanie Harriman) The Papua New Guinea Government wants Australia to set a deadline to get refugees from Manus Island out of the country. Key points: PNG officials fear …