Papua New Guinea
By Patrick O’Connor, December 6, 2012
As well as emphasising the centrality of PNG’s relations with Canberra and Washington, O’Neill used his Australian trip to curry favour with the mining giants.
By Patrick O’Connor, July 30, 2012
Michael Somare and Peter O’Neil spent the previous 12 months locked in a bitter power struggle that split the military, police force and state apparatus.
By Mike Head, July 10, 2012
The disruptions have cast doubt on the hopes of the de facto prime minister, and his backers in Canberra and Washington, that the elections would end months of political instability.
By Patrick O’Connor, June 2, 2012
The illegal Australian-backed government has engaged in further desperate manoeuvres and authoritarian measures to remain in office.
By Patrick O’Connor, May 25, 2012
The attempted prosecution of the chief justice on sedition charges is in retaliation for the Supreme Court’s recent confirmation that the O’Neill government remains in power illegally.
By Patrick O’Connor, April 11, 2012
Thousands of people protested yesterday in the capital Port Moresby against the government’s bid to delay national elections scheduled for June.
By Patrick O’Connor, March 27, 2012
The O’Neill government is attempting to consolidate power by suppressing its opponents within the judiciary.
By Oliver Campbell, February 4, 2012
Lax safety standards and overcrowding appear to have contributed to the loss of life.
By Oliver Campbell, January 28, 2012
Local residents said blasting related to Exxon-Mobil’s nearby liquefied natural gas project may have contributed to the disaster.
By Patrick O’Connor, January 27, 2012
The unresolved constitutional crisis reflects the intensifying rivalry between the US and China that is fuelling instability throughout the Asia-Pacific.
By Zac Hambides, December 21, 2011
O’Neill now has the support of the state apparatus, including the military and police, and the governor general, in addition to his parliamentary majority.
By Zac Hambides, December 17, 2011
Canberra’s preoccupation with the events in PNG is driven by deep concerns about growing Chinese involvement in what it has regarded as “its backyard.”