Oceania, South Pacific

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  • Tonga intervention slammed

    , by MUNCKTON Stuart

    Tonga’s pro-democracy movement has attacked the Australian and New Zealand governments for sending more than 150 soldiers and police to the Pacific nation, demanding the intervention end. The foreign forces have ostensibly been sent to help “restore law and order” in the aftermath of rioting (...)

  • Tongan monarchy gets Howard’s backing

    , by DENNY Pat

    At a joint November 17 press conference with his New Zealand counterpart Helen Clark, Australian Prime Minister John Howard announced that a “joint Australian-New Zealand force of both military personnel and police will, in response to a request from the government of Tonga, go to Tonga tomorrow (...)

  • Solomon Islands: Canberra launches new assault

    , by LORIMER Doug

    In a further assault on the sovereignty of the Solomon Islands, its Australian-appointed police commissioner, Shane Castles, had Solomons immigration minister Peter Shanel arrested on October 17 over the alleged illegal entry of Fiji-born Australian lawyer Julian Moti.
    Prime Minister Manasseh (...)

  • Solomon Islands: Canberra bid to oust PM fails

    , by LORIMER Doug

    In a blow to Canberra’s campaign against the government of Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, a no-confidence motion put by pro-Australian opposition leader Fred Fono was defeated on October 11 by 28 votes to 17 in the impoverished Pacific nation’s 50-member parliament.
    Since (...)