Pacific News Summary 14.01.13

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PNG PM, BHP and Garnaut at loggerheads again

Mon, 14 Jan 2013 15:50:04 +1100

Leading Australian economist, Professor Ross Garnaut, is calling on the Australian government to negotiate an agreement with Papua New Guinea to prevent the arbitary use of its immigration powers to disrupt business between the two countries.

Australia sympathetic to Fiji constitution rejection

Mon, 14 Jan 2013 15:22:24 +1100

Australia’s Foreign Minister has responded sympathetically to Fiji’s rejection of a proposed constitution, despite a stinging response from other nations in the region.

Fiji unions announce new multiracial political movement

Mon, 14 Jan 2013 14:59:12 +1100

Fiji’s trade union movement is forming a new political party, ahead of new regulations on parties expected to be decreed by the coup installed military government.

Tonga prepares for possible cyclone

Mon, 14 Jan 2013 14:53:52 +1100

Tonga is gearing up for a possible cyclone.

Climate science meeting underway in Hobart

Mon, 14 Jan 2013 10:17:07 +1100

After a week of bushfires, heatwaves and record temperatures, some people are asking if the extreme weather is a sign of what the world can expect in the future.

CCF upset at unilateral change to Fiji draft constitution

Mon, 14 Jan 2013 10:16:57 +1100

The decision by Fiji’s coup installed military government to scrap sections of the draft constitution has also upset the Citizens Constitutional Forum, one of the country’s leading NGOs.

International union movement slams Fiji leaders redrafting of draft constitution

Mon, 14 Jan 2013 10:16:47 +1100

The International Trade Union Confederation has raised its concerns about the constitutional process in Fiji.

Garnaut resigns as Chairman of Ok Tedi Mining

Mon, 14 Jan 2013 10:16:26 +1100

Leading Australian economist, Ross Garnaut, has been forced to resign as chairman of Papua New Guinea’s biggest mining company because of travel ban’s imposed on him by PNG’s Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill.