Papua New Guinea



Scientists race to find ancient bananas that can save one of the world's favourite fruits

In the rainforests of Papua New Guinea, 15-metre-tall ancestors of modern-day, cultivated bananas contain the precious genetics that could save the popular fruit from climate change, pests and disease.
Papua New Guinea

Scientists race to find ancient bananas that can save one of the world's favourite fruits

In the rainforests of Papua New Guinea, 15-metre-tall ancestors of modern-day, cultivated bananas contain the precious genetics that could save the popular fruit from climate change, pests and disease.

Scientists race to find wild, ancient bananas that can save one of the the world's favourite fruits

In the rainforests of Papua New Guinea, 15-metre-tall ancestors of modern-day, cultivated bananas contain the precious genetics that could save the popular fruit from climate change, pests and disease.
Papua New Guinea

Scientists race to find wild, ancient bananas that can save one of the the world's favourite fruits

In the rainforests of Papua New Guinea, 15-metre-tall ancestors of modern-day, cultivated bananas contain the precious genetics that could save the popular fruit from climate change, pests and disease.

What in the world is going on in Papua New Guinea?

A week ago, it looked like Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister was about to lose his job — instead he has managed to take control of Parliament, and suspend it for five months.
Papua New Guinea

What in the world is going on in Papua New Guinea?

A week ago, it looked like Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister was about to lose his job — instead he has managed to take control of Parliament, and suspend it for five months.

A week is a long time in politics — especially in 'the Land of the Unexpected'

A week ago, it looked like Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister was about to lose his job — instead he has managed to take control of Parliament, and suspend it for five months.
Papua New Guinea

A week is a long time in politics — especially in 'the Land of the Unexpected'

A week ago, it looked like Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister was about to lose his job — instead he has managed to take control of Parliament, and suspend it for five months.

Meet the conman 'king' who has his own militia and even prints his own money

Ten years ago, ABC journalist Liam Fox met Bougainville's self-proclaimed «king» Noah Musingku — a fugitive conman with his own armed militia, holed up in a village in the island's south.
Papua New Guinea

Meet the conman 'king' who has his own militia and even prints his own money

Ten years ago, ABC journalist Liam Fox met Bougainville's self-proclaimed «king» Noah Musingku — a fugitive conman with his own armed militia, holed up in a village in the island's south.

Morrison cancels PNG trip criticised as 'highly suspicious' amid political tension in nation

Scott Morrison cancels plans to visit Papua New Guinea next week, with unrest brewing in Prime Minister James Marape's party.
Papua New Guinea

Morrison cancels PNG trip criticised as 'highly suspicious' amid political tension in nation

Scott Morrison cancels plans to visit Papua New Guinea next week, with unrest brewing in Prime Minister James Marape's party.

Scott Morrison cancels Papua New Guinea trip amid political tension in Port Moresby

Scott Morrison cancels plans to visit Papua New Guinea next week, with unrest brewing in Prime Minister James Marape's party.
Papua New Guinea

Scott Morrison cancels Papua New Guinea trip amid political tension in Port Moresby

Scott Morrison cancels plans to visit Papua New Guinea next week, with unrest brewing in Prime Minister James Marape's party.

PNG Prime Minister's leadership in doubt as MPs cross floor

Just a week out from a planned visit by Scott Morrison, the future of the PNG Prime Minister James Marape is now in question as several MPs cross the floor to help the Opposition take control.
Papua New Guinea

PNG Prime Minister's leadership in doubt as MPs cross floor

Just a week out from a planned visit by Scott Morrison, the future of the PNG Prime Minister James Marape is now in question as several MPs cross the floor to help the Opposition take control.

Tahiti was a COVID-free paradise — then it let tourists in

As the list of COVID-free Pacific countries gets shorter, governments are battling low testing rates and a dependence on international shipping to keep the virus at bay.
Papua New Guinea

Tahiti was a COVID-free paradise — then it let tourists in

As the list of COVID-free Pacific countries gets shorter, governments are battling low testing rates and a dependence on international shipping to keep the virus at bay.

Tahiti was COVID-free until it let tourists in

As the list of COVID-free Pacific countries gets shorter, governments are battling low testing rates and a dependence on international shipping to keep the virus at bay.
Papua New Guinea

Tahiti was COVID-free until it let tourists in

As the list of COVID-free Pacific countries gets shorter, governments are battling low testing rates and a dependence on international shipping to keep the virus at bay.

'This is not the first transition': Scott Morrison and Joe Biden hold first phone hook-up

The pair also discussed what the US could learn from Australia's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to confront climate change, but not a net zero target.
Papua New Guinea

'This is not the first transition': Scott Morrison and Joe Biden hold first phone hook-up

The pair also discussed what the US could learn from Australia's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to confront climate change, but not a net zero target.

Alicia hasn't seen her parents since January. She won't see them at Christmas either

Thousands of international students studying at high schools across Australia are being warned they might not be allowed to return for classes in 2021 if they go home for Christmas.
Papua New Guinea

Alicia hasn't seen her parents since January. She won't see them at Christmas either

Thousands of international students studying at high schools across Australia are being warned they might not be allowed to return for classes in 2021 if they go home for Christmas.

'I'm running out of time': Quadriplegic pilot 'living in shed' in regional Victoria awaiting millions in damages

Bruce Towers lives in a tiny demountable trailer, unable to work and struggling financially, after suffering spinal injuries in a 2006 crash.
Papua New Guinea

'I'm running out of time': Quadriplegic pilot 'living in shed' in regional Victoria awaiting millions in damages

Bruce Towers lives in a tiny demountable trailer, unable to work and struggling financially, after suffering spinal injuries in a 2006 crash.

PNG defends multi-million-dollar plans to develop COVID 'cure'

Medical experts raise concerns over Papua New Guinea's plans to give $4 million to a newly founded company that claims it may have discovered a new coronavirus treatment.
Papua New Guinea

PNG defends multi-million-dollar plans to develop COVID 'cure'

Medical experts raise concerns over Papua New Guinea's plans to give $4 million to a newly founded company that claims it may have discovered a new coronavirus treatment.

PNG celebrates as Justin Olam scores 'inspirational' first try of the NRL grand final

In rugby-mad PNG, Melbourne Storm player Justin Olam is being hailed a legend, after earning his spot in the history books by becoming just the fourth Papua New Guinean to be part of a winning NRL grand final team.
Papua New Guinea

PNG celebrates as Justin Olam scores 'inspirational' first try of the NRL grand final

In rugby-mad PNG, Melbourne Storm player Justin Olam is being hailed a legend, after earning his spot in the history books by becoming just the fourth Papua New Guinean to be part of a winning NRL grand final team.

Extra aid package has some development observers scratching their heads

The Federal Government has effectively increased Australia's foreign aid program with a one-off supplementary funding package to help Pacific countries recover from COVID-19.
Papua New Guinea

Extra aid package has some development observers scratching their heads

The Federal Government has effectively increased Australia's foreign aid program with a one-off supplementary funding package to help Pacific countries recover from COVID-19.

This St George Illawarra recruit is changing how men in her home country view female athletes

St George Illawarra Dragons recruit Elsie Albert is a hero in her home country of Papua New Guinea, but attitudes to female athletes haven't always been so warm there.
Papua New Guinea

This St George Illawarra recruit is changing how men in her home country view female athletes

St George Illawarra Dragons recruit Elsie Albert is a hero in her home country of Papua New Guinea, but attitudes to female athletes haven't always been so warm there.

In a league of her own: 'Trailblazer' Elsie Albert becomes the first PNG woman to play NRLW

St George Illawarra Dragons recruit Elsie Albert is a hero in her home country of Papua New Guinea, but attitudes to female athletes haven't always been so warm there.
Papua New Guinea

In a league of her own: 'Trailblazer' Elsie Albert becomes the first PNG woman to play NRLW

St George Illawarra Dragons recruit Elsie Albert is a hero in her home country of Papua New Guinea, but attitudes to female athletes haven't always been so warm there.

Australia could soon embark on a national vaccine program. How did they do it in the Pacific?

Pacific Island nations have recently overcome hurdles to roll out vaccines to remote locations and win trust from sceptics. Experts say Australia could learn lessons from its neighbours when the time comes to deliver a COVID-19 vaccine.
Papua New Guinea

Australia could soon embark on a national vaccine program. How did they do it in the Pacific?

Pacific Island nations have recently overcome hurdles to roll out vaccines to remote locations and win trust from sceptics. Experts say Australia could learn lessons from its neighbours when the time comes to deliver a COVID-19 vaccine.

From rebel commander to Bougainville's newest leader, Ishmael Toroama is about to be sworn in

Thirty years ago, Ishmael Toroama was leading troops in a rebel army during a bloody conflict in Bougainville. Now, he will be sworn in as president as the region works to gain independence from Papua New Guinea.
Papua New Guinea

From rebel commander to Bougainville's newest leader, Ishmael Toroama is about to be sworn in

Thirty years ago, Ishmael Toroama was leading troops in a rebel army during a bloody conflict in Bougainville. Now, he will be sworn in as president as the region works to gain independence from Papua New Guinea.

Army captain demoted for misconduct following sexual complaint during PNG posting

A court martial demotes William Howieson to the rank of lieutenant, saying he discredited the Australian military by asking a medic to help him collect semen.
Papua New Guinea

Army captain demoted for misconduct following sexual complaint during PNG posting

A court martial demotes William Howieson to the rank of lieutenant, saying he discredited the Australian military by asking a medic to help him collect semen.

Army captain cleared of indecency charges but guilty of misconduct after sexual allegation

Captain Michael Howieson may be jailed after a court martial found he had asked a female soldier to help him collect a semen sample.
Papua New Guinea

Army captain cleared of indecency charges but guilty of misconduct after sexual allegation

Captain Michael Howieson may be jailed after a court martial found he had asked a female soldier to help him collect a semen sample.

Unpaid allowances a source of tension and motive to lie, says court martial defence

The court martial of an Army captain facing charges of indecency and bringing discredit to the Australian Defence Force hears his accuser had a motive to lie.
Papua New Guinea

Unpaid allowances a source of tension and motive to lie, says court martial defence

The court martial of an Army captain facing charges of indecency and bringing discredit to the Australian Defence Force hears his accuser had a motive to lie.

'I want to call this monster out': Domestic violence survivor's story sheds code of silence

PNG-Australian Lydia Gah is determined to inspire change by telling her story as the survivor of a 12-year-long abusive marriage — and her journey back.
Papua New Guinea

'I want to call this monster out': Domestic violence survivor's story sheds code of silence

PNG-Australian Lydia Gah is determined to inspire change by telling her story as the survivor of a 12-year-long abusive marriage — and her journey back.

Cairns man tests positive for COVID-19 after returning from PNG

A worker returning home on a charter flight from Papua New Guinea has tested positive for COVID-19, but authorities say they are «confident» that the risk to the community is low.
Papua New Guinea

Cairns man tests positive for COVID-19 after returning from PNG

A worker returning home on a charter flight from Papua New Guinea has tested positive for COVID-19, but authorities say they are «confident» that the risk to the community is low.

Non-runner attempts 96km Kokoda Track equivalent to fight domestic violence

The Kokoda Track is a demanding, up and down 96km hike that challenges the fittest of walkers, and Adam Everill is training to knock off an equivalent distance in less than a day.
Papua New Guinea

Non-runner attempts 96km Kokoda Track equivalent to fight domestic violence

The Kokoda Track is a demanding, up and down 96km hike that challenges the fittest of walkers, and Adam Everill is training to knock off an equivalent distance in less than a day.

How one Japanese man is making sure people 'will never forget' the war on Australia's doorsteps

When Russell Deka realised nothing had been organised in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, to mark the end of World War II in the Pacific, he knew he had to plan a commemoration.
Papua New Guinea

How one Japanese man is making sure people 'will never forget' the war on Australia's doorsteps

When Russell Deka realised nothing had been organised in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, to mark the end of World War II in the Pacific, he knew he had to plan a commemoration.

'It wasn't brave': The VP Day reflections of veterans who enlisted at 14

The 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Pacific Day brings back memories for many veterans. For Dennis Moule and Roy Crossley, it marks the end of a war that they spent their teenage years fighting.
Papua New Guinea

'It wasn't brave': The VP Day reflections of veterans who enlisted at 14

The 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Pacific Day brings back memories for many veterans. For Dennis Moule and Roy Crossley, it marks the end of a war that they spent their teenage years fighting.

'A boy from Burnie had an important job': Photographer captures Japanese surrender in WWII

Bert Winter's images of the Japanese surrender in New Guinea at the end of World War II forever capture a moment of high emotion and gravity, as General Adachi surrenders his sword to the Australian Army.
Papua New Guinea

'A boy from Burnie had an important job': Photographer captures Japanese surrender in WWII

Bert Winter's images of the Japanese surrender in New Guinea at the end of World War II forever capture a moment of high emotion and gravity, as General Adachi surrenders his sword to the Australian Army.

Two men accused of using 'black flights' to smuggle drugs between Australia and PNG refused bail

Salvatore Formica and Pierinio Forni are ordered to be extradited to Cairns over an alleged drug ring exposed when a plane carrying 500 kilos of cocaine crashed in Papua New Guinea in July.
Papua New Guinea

Two men accused of using 'black flights' to smuggle drugs between Australia and PNG refused bail

Salvatore Formica and Pierinio Forni are ordered to be extradited to Cairns over an alleged drug ring exposed when a plane carrying 500 kilos of cocaine crashed in Papua New Guinea in July.

Suzanna feels 'desperate' after being knocked back from 80 jobs, including one with 700 applicants

Suzanna Martanti is feeling increasingly «desperate» with every job rejection, but she and others struggling with mental health are using coping strategies to reduce stress and anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic.
Papua New Guinea

Suzanna feels 'desperate' after being knocked back from 80 jobs, including one with 700 applicants

Suzanna Martanti is feeling increasingly «desperate» with every job rejection, but she and others struggling with mental health are using coping strategies to reduce stress and anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic.

PNG is walking a tightrope on COVID-19, so it's abandoned lockdowns

Papua New Guinea residents are told they must learn to live with COVID-19 as the Government looks to abandon lockdown measures aimed at preventing the spread of the virus.
Papua New Guinea

PNG is walking a tightrope on COVID-19, so it's abandoned lockdowns

Papua New Guinea residents are told they must learn to live with COVID-19 as the Government looks to abandon lockdown measures aimed at preventing the spread of the virus.

PNG is walking a tightrope on COVID-19 so it's abandoned lockdowns

Papua New Guinea residents are told they must learn to live with COVID-19 as the Government looks to abandon lockdown measures aimed at preventing the spread of the virus.
Papua New Guinea

PNG is walking a tightrope on COVID-19 so it's abandoned lockdowns

Papua New Guinea residents are told they must learn to live with COVID-19 as the Government looks to abandon lockdown measures aimed at preventing the spread of the virus.

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