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Leader Profile: Ralph Regenvanu, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Vanuatu

  • August 1st, 2018
  • Posted by EU Australia

Lee Duffield interviewed the Foreign Minister at Port Vila in Vanuatu on 23 July 2018. He found a frank and open, and informing account of current issues in Vanuatu.   … Read More »

Who decides in New Caledonia?

  • July 20th, 2018
  • Posted by EU Australia

In this second of three articles from Noumea, Lee Duffield (picture) learns about multi-cultural New Caledonia and the events that led to their referendum on independence now just four months away.

What is the shape of decolonisation in the present time, now long after the rush to independence that went on in countries around the world from 1960 to 1980? … Read More »

Football: Women’s World Cup tussle moves focus off FIFA, back onto the ball

  • June 24th, 2015
  • Posted by EU Australia

World Cup canada 2Exciting times at the World Cup in Canada, even if Sepp Blatter, “Mister Football” now under a huge dark cloud, might be missing from the stands on Final day.

Among the excitement, the Matildas, from Australia, have also got into the top billing. … Read More »

ANZAC: One hundred years after Gallipoli

  • April 25th, 2015
  • Posted by EU Australia

anzac ceremony anzac beachHuge crowds have attended Anzac Day commemorations around the World, on the centenary of the ill-fated landings on the Gallipoli Peninsula, 25.4.15.

Ahead of the event at Anzac Cove, these began in New Zealand, then at the National War Memorial in Canberra, where an Aboriginal man, Able Seaman Alan Paterson from the Australian Navy, played the didgeridoo to open the Dawn Service. … Read More »

Vanuatu : Freedom, Custom and Change …

  • August 17th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

2014 EU PICS SURFHandling the claims of the outside world – matching custom and change – is a way of life for the Ni-Vanuatu, the people of the Pacific Islands republic of Vanuatu. … Read More »

New EU-Australia deal on aid; Australians re-visit the battlefields …

  • April 27th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Villers BrettoneuxAustralia and the European Union have made a new arrangement for sharing their development aid commitments, described as further strengthening the level of cooperation.

The agreement was signed in Brussels, 15.4.14, by the Australian Foreign Affairs Minister, Julie Bishop, and the European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs.

Later the Minister would attend the Anzac day commemoration at Villers Bretonneux (picture). … Read More »

Court at The Hague rules against Japan – revokes its whaling permits

  • March 31st, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Whaling GreenpeaceThe International Court of Justice at The Hague has ruled emphatically against Japan, and in favour of Australia, in their dispute over whaling in the Antarctic region.

The court found Japan was in violation of obligations under the international Whaling Convention , by taking large numbers of whales for commercial use, on a justification that this was for scientific purposes.

The panel of judges determined 12 to 4, that Japan’s whaling permits are to be revoked and no new ones are to be issued to it; the decision binding, no appeals to be permitted.

New Zealand was joined in the case on Australia’s side. … Read More »

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