Australian ministerial delegation visits Vanuatu — as end of Australian shortwave broadcasts to Pacific is announced

Australia’s Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, arrived today in Port Vila, leading a bipartisan delegation including International Development and Pacific Minister, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, and their Opposition counterparts, Senator Penny Wong and Senator Claire Moore. Photo: DFAT

Australia’s Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, arrived today in Port Vila, leading a bipartisan delegation including International Development and Pacific Minister, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, and their Opposition counterparts, Senator Penny Wong and Senator Claire Moore. Photo: DFAT

Australia’s Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, and the Minister for International Development and the Pacific Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells are visiting Vanuatu today and have been discussing the Australia’s development aid program with Vanuatu officials. An investment package of A$1.5 million (Vt 120.3 million) is also on the agenda and a new aid partnership agreement is to be signed. Management of health supplies and medicines is an important element in this regard. (Radio Vanuatu)

The visit of the Australian Government ministers responsible for the Australia’s relationship with the Pacific coincides with the announcement by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that their Pacific islands shortwave broadcasting service is to cease. Radio Australia which has served the region well over many decades. These broadcasts will terminate in January, right in the middle of the cyclone season. (Radio Vanuatu)

Parliament did not meet this morning in the absence of a quorum. The sitting is now delayed until Monday morning.

In a serious incident of vandalism the “world’s richest kava collection” was stolen or destroyed earlier this week at the Vanuatu Agriculture Research Training Centre in Santo. The vandalism is believed to relate to a land claim for the area on which the centre is located. The nursery has been the site of considerable kava research. (Daily Post)

A land dispute in Central Pentecost has forced some families to leave the land on which they were living. There have already been court cases involving this land and now Police have intervened. (Daily Post)

The Public Service Commission has at last announced the appointment of 73 contract nurses to new nurse posts. And the process is to continue, province by province.

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2 Comments on “Australian ministerial delegation visits Vanuatu — as end of Australian shortwave broadcasts to Pacific is announced”

  1. Nasimal says:

    It is time not to take everything for granted, because at the end we must stand on our own feet. Remember our big neighbours only help us for their own interests. Until we understand that we will always going out with begging bowls. Thank you.

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  2. Carlo Nasse says:

    cyclone season and they pull the plug on one of the very services that help dessiminate information to us…..not good for small pacific islands….

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