Australia's use of Pacific Islander workers in the late 19th century was part of a much bigger story of British sugar barons and the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
If only 1% of the Pacific’s population was permitted to work permanently in Australia, this would bring more benefits to the region than Australia’s annual aid contribution.
Pacific islands face unique challenges in combating COVID-19, and will need unique solutions to come out of the crisis unscathed.
The world has an obligation to help the Pacific Islands conserve their unique ecosystems which are a vital reservoir of biodiversity and source of natural resources, says Richard Kingsford.
We must listen to what the Pacific Islanders want in relation to cross-border migration. Too often ‘solutions’ thought up by the international community do not match needs on the ground, writes Jane McAdam.
Tackling premature death in Pacific Islanders caused by conditions such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease is the focus of a project funded by AusAID.
The problems faced by the Pacific region in mitigating and adapting to climate change will be the focus of a conference at the University of New South Wales.