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After Biden’s win, Australia needs to recommit to the UN Green Climate Fund

Now Joe Biden is on track to be the next US president, there has been plenty of speculation about what this means for Australia’s policies on climate change. Biden promises to achieve a 100% clean energy economy and reach net-zero emissions in the US no later than 2050. This puts Australia – which...

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PNG politics goes to the courts

Three court cases will decide when parliament will next meet, and perhaps who is the next prime minister of Papua New Guinea (PNG). In this article, I will briefly provide the background of each case, and their implications. Validity of James Marape’s election as PM As Peter O’Neill’s 18-month...

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PNG budget: pluses and minuses

Papua New Guinea’s 2021 National Budget was passed in the parliament on 17 November under unusual circumstances. The traditional pre-budget lockup for media and economists was cancelled, and no opposition was present. Parliament was reconvened quickly by the Speaker following a defection of...