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Australian Women’s Sevens win Commonwealth Games gold as Men fall to New Zealand

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The Australian Women's Sevens side have claimed the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games with a 22-12 win over Fiji. A first-half burst put the result out of question as Faith Nathan scored a double, securing the first gold medal in program history. This came after an incredible semi-final performance to eliminate New Zealand 17-12, getting a measure of revenge four...

PNG crowned champions of Oceania after 2-1 win over Fiji

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Papua New Guinea have won the OFC Women’s Nations Cup 2022 for the first time after beating host nation Fiji 2-1 in the final in front of a boisterous crowd at the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva. After previously finishing as runners-up on three occasions PNG can finally call themselves champions of Oceania after first-half goals from Meagen Gunemba and...

Extension of return of writs date unconstitutional: Former PNG Chief Justice

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The two-week extension on the return of writs date in Papua New Guinea has been knocked as unconstitutional. A former Chief Justice, Sir Arnold Amet, said that there are no provisions in the Constitution for any extension of writs beyond the fifth anniversary of the date fixed for the return of the writs, which is today – 29 July. He said...

Pacific region a priority for France: Vice Admiral Nicolas Vaujour

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One of France's most senior defence figures Vice Admiral Nicolas Vaujour has stressed that the Pacific would always be a priority for his military, declaring that "France does not have a presence in the Pacific, France belongs to the Pacific." “We have two territories there in New Caledonia and French Polynesia, and so I have to say that my neighbours...

Violence in the PNG elections is the result of broken systems that Australia cannot ignore

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By Miranda Forsyth and Gordon Peake Elections in Papua New Guinea are notoriously volatile and dangerous. But this year’s elections have involved violence, intimidation, corruption as well as administrative ineptitude on what looks like an exceptional scale. The Commonwealth observer team on the ground has called for an urgent review of the electoral process, noting almost half of eligible voters may...

Shirtless athletes steal the show at Commonwealth Games opening ceremony

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Tonga have continued their tradition of having an oiled-up, shirtless flag bearer lead their team at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, leaving fans around the world in a frenzy. Pita Taufatofua became a viral sensation at the 2016 Olympics in Rio when he carried the Tongan flag at the opening ceremony while shirtless. He then repeated the trick at...

UN General Assembly declares access to clean and healthy environment a universal human right

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With 161 votes in favour, and eight abstentions*, the UN General Assembly adopted a historic resolution on Thursday, declaring access to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment, a universal human right. The resolution, based on a similar text adopted last year by the Human Rights Council, calls upon States, international organisations, and business enterprises to scale up efforts to ensure...

Bougainville MP blames PNG Electoral Commission for election chaos

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Re-elected Papua New Guinea MP Tim Masiu says much of the blame for the country's election fiasco can be directed at the Electoral Commission. The Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae has accepted a recommendation from the Electoral Commission to delay the return of writs in the country's general election. Masiu, who was Communications Minister in the former government, said there were no...

USP Council to decide: Fiji Economy Minister

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Fijian Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says it is now up to the University of the South Pacific’s Council (USP) to investigate the alleged unfair appointment within the institution. Earlier this week, the Minister read out in parliament a letter by a whistleblower who works within the human resources department of USP. The letter outlines claims of acting appointments made at...

Last repatriation flight before Tonga slowly re-opens border

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Tonga’s last repatriation flight arrived Thursday with over 300 passengers, before Tonga's international border opens on 01 August with zero MIQ. MEIDECC CEO Paula Ma’u said the passengers were from New Zealand, Australia and Fiji. This is last repatriation flight before opening of the border on 1 August with zero MIQ, he said. The passengers will be in quarantined at usual in...

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