Opposition ahead in polls as Australian election campaign kicks off

By Renju Jose Updated at 1717 EAT on Monday 11 April 2022 SYDNEY – Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government could lose the federal election to be held on May 21, according to polls on Monday, even as they showed him consolidating his position as the country’s preferred leader on the first day of campaigning….

Koalas: Australia lists marsupial as endangered species

Australia has listed the koala as an endangered species across most of its east coast, after a dramatic decline in numbers. The once-thriving marsupial has been ravaged by land clearing, bushfires, drought, disease and other threats. The federal government said the listing was for Queensland, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). It…

Surfing makes long-awaited Olympics debut at Tokyo 2020

Brazil’s Italo Ferreira and the US’s Carissa Moore emerge victorious in the first surfing heats at the Tokyo Games. Updated at 2253 GNT on 25 July 2021 Under blue skies and a blazing sun, surfing has made its Olympic debut on Sunday, more than a century after Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku first pushed for its inclusion…

Papua New Guinea: Violence Against Women Accused of Sorcery

Updated at 1922 GMT on Sunday 11 July 2021 Melbourne- Australia (Melbourne) – The Papua New Guinea government should protect women accused of practicing “sorcery” from violence and hold the attackers to account, Human Rights Watch said today. At least five women have been attacked since March 2021, one of whom was killed. “The Papua New Guinea…

US$ 130m Boost for PNG’s Sustainable Economic Recovery

World Bank announces additional support for COVID-19 response and vaccine rollout PORT MORESBY, updated at 0111 GMT on 2nd July, 2021 – By E K Benj  The World Bank Board of Executive Directors has approved a US$100 million (PGK 352 million equivalent) operation to support Papua New Guinea in its response to COVID-19, and to lay…

Amama Mbabazi ‘son’ lands Oceania University job.

Nukuʻalofay, Tonga- By our reporter. Luzindana Adam Buyinza has been appointed the Resident Director of Commonwealth Vocational University of the Republic of Tonga. Luzindana Adam Buyinza is the Chief Executive of Public Opinions International an agency working towards attainment of the United Nations Sustainable development Goals through public Awareness, strategic research, information Dissemination, training ,…