36th-Parallel Pacific Region News Round-Up
Qarase said government had reversed the accepted order of things with the announcement of key principles and values to be embodied in the constitution along with the appointment of the Constitutional Commission: “These important decisions should be the outcome of intensive consultations with key stakeholders and not unilateral decisions by the government,” he said. (See, PMC report.)
Alkinemokiye is the latest feature documentary from filmmaker Dandhy Dwi Laksono. It captures the fight of 8000 workers for increased wages in what is believed to be the longest and most widely joined strike since the mining company began operations in Indonesia in 1967. (See, Pacific.Scoop report.)
Key findings reveal 77 percent of Tongan women and girls are affected by violence perpetrated by their fathers or teachers and 33 percent of married women are victims of physical violence. (See, Pasifika Media Association report.)
The Northern Territory Government of Australia has announced a temporary ban on seabed mining in its coastal waters until 2015. (See, PINA Report.)
Bainimarama who is heading a Fiji government delegation to Vanuatu for MSG talks, was bestowed the title of ‘Warwar’ or chief of the island of Ambrym which lies in northern Vanuatu in Malampa province. (See, PINA Report.)
He said he would be in the province this week to talk to them.
Sir Michael’s message was relayed from Singapore to the local radio station NBC Wewak last Friday. Sir Michael is in Singapore for a medical review. He said doctors had confirmed he was in good health. (See, Malum Nalu report.)
Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama says a new constitution will be ready by February next year. (See, PINA Report.)
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