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Concern by the Samoan government as Canberra grants work visas!

SAMOA (Commonwealth Union)_Samoa's Acting Prime Minister is concerned that Australia's offer of up to 3000 visas for Pacific migrants may further deplete Samoa's already...

Waitangi Day

Waitangi Day is observed on February 6 each year to commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand's founding document. In New...

Horror!!! Demands for all remaining asylum seekers in Nauru and Papua New Guinea be evacuated immediately!

PAPUA GUINEA (Commonwealth Union)_The Greens will use the first day of parliament to submit legislation that will allow asylum seekers and refugees on Nauru...

The New Zealand Prime Minister listens to Pacific overstayers.

NEW ZEALAND (Commonwealth Union)_New Zealand's new Prime Minister has promised to look at an overstayer petition started nearly three years ago by Pacific community...

First-home buyer hotspot suburbs in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia, and Queensland

AUSTRALIA (Commonwealth Union)_Falling house prices are driving a frenzy in some parts of Australia, according to new data that reveals the suburb hotspots for...

Australia Independence Day  

AUSTRALIA (COMMONWEALTH UNION) - Independence days are usually a day for a country to tell tales of how heroically they won wars against regions...

Doctors want Medicare rebates to be doubled to prevent GPs from abandoning bulk billing.

AUSTRALIA (Commonwealth Union)_The Australian Medical Association has cautioned that Medicare rebates to GPs must be doubled to stem the flood of doctors quitting bulk...

Six pound toad, the world’s biggest found in Queensland Australia

Queensland Australia (Commonwealth Union)_The world’s largest toad has been found! Dubbed Toadzilla, it was found by park rangers, deep in the rainforest at Conway...

Australian passports are among the strongest in the world. So, where may it lead you?

AUSTRALIA (Commonwealth Union)_An worldwide citizenship aid organisation has assessed the world's passports based on their strength, and Australia has once again ranked in the...

Tsunami warning lifted following strong earthquake in Vanuatu

VANUATU (Commonwealth Union)_A 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked the South Pacific Ocean island of Vanuatu, according to the US Geological Survey, sparking a tsunami warning...

China sponsors the construction of a new military hospital at the Taurama Barracks in Papua New Guinea

Beijing is funding a hospital for the Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF), which some observers believe will lead to a much larger Chinese...

Vanuatu exploits its ‘insignificance’ to launch huge climate ideas.

VANUATU (Commonwealth union)_Nikenike Vurobaravu is the president of a small country with a big hand in climate diplomacy. Rising sea levels threaten his Pacific Island...

New avenues to obtain an Australian visa in 2023

AUSTRALIA (Commonwealth union)_AThe new administration led by Labor's Anthony Albanese has already significantly altered Australia's immigration laws and started to address the visa backlog. The...

Police in Papua New Guinea are looking into allegations of corruption against top election officials.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA (Commonwealth Union)_Police in Papua New Guinea are looking into charges of corruption against key election officials in the wake of the...

Tonga becomes first Pacific country to adopt UN Sustainable Development Framework

By Savithri Rodrigo Nuku'alofa, Tonga (Commonwealth Union)_The United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework 2023-2027 has its first signatory from the Pacific Islands Country and Territories...

New Zealand PM’s Slip up

NEW ZEALAND (Commonwealth Union)_Ms. Jacinta Ardern (Prime minister of New Zealand) was caught on camera calling a rival politician an arrogant prick. The profanity...

PM Albanese to speak with gas lobby over worries about price caps

AUSTRALIA (Commonwealth Union)_ The government's plans to freeze gas and coal prices for a year have been met with criticism from the gas business,...

Australia has world’s first upcycled skyscraper named World Building of the Year 2022

By Savithri Rodrigo Sydney, Australia (Commonwealth Union)_AMP Center, which was once Sydney’s tallest tower, was recently named the Word Building of the Year 2022 and...

Tsunami warnings have been lifted following a 6.7 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Samoa

SAMOA (Commonwealth Union)_A tsunami warning has been lifted for Samoan low-lying coastal areas following a 6.7 magnitude earthquake. The earthquake struck around 8.30 a.m. Monday...

Scott Morrison: Former Australian PM chastised for secret ministries

AUSTRALIA (Commonwealth Union)_Former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been censured by parliament for wielding secret powers while in office. The historic motion comes...

Why is our region being rocked by earthquakes as a result of Indonesian carnage?

Honiara (Commonwealth Union)_An earthquake slammed West Java, Indonesia, on Monday, triggering a series of catastrophic landslides that killed more than 270 people, with at...

Fiji’s first refuge for street dwellers

FIJI (Commonwealth Union)_ Fijians who do not have a home owing to various reasons will now be able to sleep in a proper shelter....

New Zealand intensifies its fight against rising costs

NEW ZEALAND (Commonwealth Union)_ New Zealand's central bank has increased its key interest rate to the highest level in almost 13 years in order...

Amid global warming and rising sea levels, Kiribati is making an unusual request

KIRIBATI (Commonwealth Union)_Developing countries exposed to the harshest effects of global warming have spent the past week at UN climate talks pleading for more...

Earthquakes struck Solomon Islands, the roof fell off Australian High Commission building!

SOLOMON ISLANDS (Commonwealth Union)_ The first magnitude 7.0 earthquake triggered a tsunami warning and temporarily disrupted communications and radio services. Buildings were damaged and...

Fiji’s daring plan shows how to relocate a country

FIJI (Common wealth Union)_In Fiji, a special government group has been attempting to figure out how to advance the country for the past four...

After 140 years, a rare pigeon species has been rediscovered in PNG

PAPUA NEW GUINEA (Commonwealth Union)_A rare pigeon species was photographed for the first time in 140 years by a group of scientists and environmentalists...

Why is this Pacific Island replicating itself in the metaverse?

TUVALU (Commonwealth Union)_ Tuvalu announced plans on Tuesday to create a digital clone of itself, recreating islands and monuments and conserving its history and...

Population of New Zealand after the world reaches 8 billion people

NEW ZEALAND (Commonwealth Union)_According to the United Nations, the world's population will surpass 8 billion later today. It's a huge number, but how does...

Australia’s climate minister to criticise World Bank’s approach to the crisis

AUSTRALIA (Commonwealth Union)_Chris Bowen, Australia's climate change minister, will use his key speech at the COP27 UN meeting in Egypt to criticise the World...

Australia to diversify its trade connections. FTAs with UK and India to be ratified.

Canberra (Commonwealth Union)_ Australia's free trade deals with the United Kingdom and India might be concluded by the month end, expanding prospects for Australian...

New Zealand crowns 28-year-old as 2022 Young Winemaker of the Year

Auckland (Commonwealth Union)_A 28 year old winemaker, who has been in the wine making industry for thirteen years, won the prestigious title of 2022...

COP27: New Zealand pledges $20 million to underdeveloped countries

NEW ZEALAND (Commonwealth Union)_ New Zealand has joined a small group of countries in donating money to developing countries to compensate for the loss...

Doctors awaiting word from Immigration New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND (Commonwealth Union)_Two top hospital doctors who are unable to obtain residency through the immigration Green List are reconsidering their transfer to New...

There are now no recycling organisations in Australia that can process soft plastic

AUSTRALIA (Commonwealth Union)_ A soft plastics recycling programme at major supermarkets has been halted after the business in charge stated that it could no...

Australian Foreign Minister to visit Marshall Islands, Nauru

AUSTRALIA (Commonwealth Union)_ This week, Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong arrived in the Marshall Islands to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the two countries'...

Visitors contribute $805 million to the Fijian economy in just five months

FIJI (Commonwealth Union)_ Fiji's International Visitor Survey (IVS) preliminary findings for the period April to August 2022 reveal $805 million in tourism profits, excluding...

Lions escape from a Sydney Zoo enclosure!

AUSTRALIA (Commonwealth Union)_Five lions escaped from their enclosure at Taronga Zoo in Sydney early Wednesday, causing the zoo to issue a "code one" alarm...

Keeping children safe from violence in Fiji and the Solomon Islands

SOLOMON ISLANDS (Commonwealth Union)_ Significant measures to safeguard children from violence have been started in both Fiji and the Solomon Islands. The programmes in...

Australian Federal Police provides vehicles and semi-automatic rifles to the Solomon Islands police 

SOLOMON ISLANDS(Commonwealth union)_ In what diplomats have referred to as a "landmark" expansion of security cooperation, the Australian Federal Police has donated hundreds of...