Past events

01
Aug
2016

Coffee, market economy and informality in late colonial Papua New Guinea

John Conroy

Set in Goroka in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea (PNG) where coffee became the staple export crop after the second world war, this paper explores how a variant of Keith Hart’s informal...

26
Jul
2016

‘A New Chapter for East Timorese Women’: Seeking Independence and Gender Equality in International Networks and Institutions

Hannah Loney (University of Melbourne) & Sarah Smith (Swinburne University)

In this seminar we examine East Timorese women’s engagement with international networks, institutions and organisations from the period of Indonesian occupation (1975-99), through to the post-...

Samoa Elections
06
Jun
2016

The pulse of the nation: Polling political opinions at the Samoa election.

Roannie Ng Shiu and George Carter

The 2016 Samoan election was held on 4 March. It was preceded by a number of significant amendments to electoral processes, notably the institution of a 10 per cent gender quota, the...

30
May
2016

Reimagining Timor-Leste: Nationalism and the role of education in post-independence nation-building

Armindo Maia

This thesis examines the role of education in locating nationalism in Timor-Leste’s post-independence nation-building. Historical accounts confirm that education played a central role in the...

23
May
2016

`Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose ... from “black-birding” to the Pacific Seasonal Work programs’

Scott MacWilliam

Since the nineteenth century, workers have travelled from South Pacific Islands to work in countries bordering the ocean where industrial processes have been dominant. During the same period...

16
May
2016

Nauru’s Retreat from Democracy

Stewart Firth

Nauru’s commitment to democracy and the rule of law has recently come under question. The Nauru government, under president Baron Waqa and justice minister David Adeang, moved quickly after its...

06
May
2016

Reporting corruption in Papua New Guinea’s public financial management system

Amanda H A Watson and Colin Wiltshire

For Papua New Guinea (PNG) to achieve its development aspirations, effective utilisation of public expenditure is essential. However, significant weaknesses exist in PNG’s decentralised political...

‘Beyond Next Tomorrow’: An Examination of Urban Male Youth in Solomon Islands (Thesis Proposal Review)
02
May
2016

‘Beyond Next Tomorrow’: An Examination of Urban Male Youth in Solomon Islands (Thesis Proposal Review)

Daniel Evans

Accounts of male urban youth within Solomon Islands, like much of Melanesia, frequently tend towards apocryphal depictions of listless, troublesome and disengaged young men. Similar to other post-...

28
Apr
2016

Leadership challenges of Autonomous Government

The Hon Patrick Nisira MP, Vice President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea’s Autonomous Region of Bougainville is at a critical juncture. Still dealing with the debilitating effects of an at times brutal civil conflict from 1988 to 1997, the Autonomous...

The Hon. Sir Julius Chan M
17
Mar
2016

Playing the Game: the memoirs of Grand Chief Sir Julius Chan

The Hon. Sir Julius Chan MP GCL GCMG KBE CBE, Governor, New Ireland Province PNG; His Excellency Mr Charles Lepani, PNG's High Commissioner to Australia; Mr Bill Farmer AO, Former High Commissioner to PNG

Born on a remote island to a migrant Chinese father and an indigenous mother, Sir Julius Chan overcame poverty, discrimination and family tragedy to become one of Papua New Guinea's longest-serving...

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