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Life in PNG: violence and brutality inside — and outside — detention

The Manus Island detention centre might not be the most dangerous place to be in Papua New Guinea, writes an Australian expat in Port Moresby.

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Morrison’s use of asylum seeker death unravels as facts come back to bite

Scott Morrison’s insistence on using an asylum seeker’s death as a political tool has left him exposed, as his initial claim about Manus Island was quickly shown to be false.

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The inconvenient truth about our PNG ‘solution’

The so-called “PNG solution” will never work, says Crikey’s writer-at-large. Papua New Guinea is a troubled and violent state, and it will never truly accept refugees.

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Tips and rumours

Major data breach puts asylum seekers at risk … Graft, greed and corruption at Manus … Did Hockey’s bluster drive Toyota out? …

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Death on Manus Island: the govt is offshoring the accountability

The government lost control of the Manus Island detention centre, and people are dead and seriously injured as a result. There must be full transparency in establishing what happened on our watch there.

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Essential: PNG liked by voters, but the Greens surge too

Kevin Rudd’s PNG agreement has radically changed voter perceptions on the asylum seeker issue, but the Greens may also have benefited.

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‘Let them all come’ is ‘stop the boats’ for unthinking progressives

A focus on outcomes rather than conspicuous compassion is required if the Left is to deal itself back into the asylum seeker debate.

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Aid implications of PNG deal: what will happen, and what won’t

There are questions around Australia’s commitment and organisation of foreign aid to Papua New Guinea around Labor’s asylum seeker plan. Academic Stephen Howes explains the state of play.

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Girt by billionaire terrorist refugees

Crikey readers — including Guy Rundle — weigh in on the Rudd PNG asylum seeker solution.

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How the media covered the PNG asylum seeker plan

Kevin Rudd broke the news of the new PNG asylum seeker solution in classic media style — late on a Friday. How did the media react?

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The Rudd Solution: all maritime arrivals to be resettled in PNG

The Rudd Solution on asylum seekers is a dramatic one: from now on, no one arriving by boat will ever be resettled in Australia. Will it work — politically, or in stopping drownings?

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Women in PNG: blue ribbon for abuse, white for violence

Women in PNG are raped, beaten and murdered by partners, fathers and brothers. Ume Wainetti, national co-ordinator of the PNG Family and Sexual Violence Action Committee, has had enough.

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Taim bilong ol meri? As Gillard visits PNG, women are listening

Julia Gillard makes for an unusual sight in Papua New Guinea — a female politician. Reform to put more women in PNG’s Parliament is slow and agonising, writes journalist Jo Chandler in the latest edition of GriffithREVIEW.

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Sending asylum seekers offshore harmful — and won’t stop the boats

The offshore processing of asylum seekers in Nauru and Papua New Guinea deliberately harms human beings and has no benefit other than political smoke and mirrors, argues Susan Metcalfe.

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PNG’s governing challenges: the view from Fort Shit Scared

Our nearest neighbours have reached a watershed moment in which the new leaders face decisions about land and resources that will determine the country’s future for decades to come, writes David Ritter.

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The message to Alan Jones from PNG: ‘enough is enough’

Alan Jones reckons women are “destroying the joint” and money should not be wasted on helping Pacific women. Jo Chandler invites Jones to come to PNG with her to see for himself what life is like there.

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Peter O’Neill and the milestone era in PNG

What is clear is that the leadership tussle between Sir Michael Somare and Peter O’Neill is receding, writes freelancer Catherine Wilson

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Crunching data on public service job numbers

Crikey readers have their say.

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PNG poll: minding the gap between promises and delivery

You can tell it is election time in Papua New Guinea. The country has sold out of loud hailers and the battle for public spectacle supremacy is on, Catherine Wilson, a freelance writer and journalist, reports from Port Moresby.

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Death of constitutional government in PNG is looming

PNG’s democratic process has been critically, perhaps fatally, wounded.

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Official: Australia the best place for miners in the world (again)

Despite what Tony Abbott might like you to believe, a leading US mining consultancy has, for third year in a row, listed Australia as the best place to be a miner.

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Rundle: PNG a perfect storm for Carr to run amok

For Bob Carr, PNG is the perfect storm. It’s a chance to start a fight about national sovereignty, modernity and cultural relativism. He may well have license to run amok.

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PNG’s new media underground

The cards seem firmly stacked against optimism on the streets of Papua New Guinea at the moment. It’s a bad sign in an election year, with little confidence evident, writes freelance journalist Andrew Pascoe.

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PNG and civil strife is high on the agenda

The reality away from corporate spin is a simmering conflict.

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How the ‘resource curse’ eats at the heart of Bougainville

Bougainvilleans may have won the war but the peace has left years of inertia, and a province desperately needing rehabilitation.

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