Govt announces list of legislation to be debated at first 2017 sitting of Parliament

Vanuatu Parliament

Parliament meets in a fortnight, on Thursday 1 June. This will be the first ordinary sitting for 2017. Nine government Bills are will be debated, including Read the rest of this entry »


Vanuatu journalists mark World Press Freedom Day in Port Vila

World Press Freedom Day 2017

Today is World Press Freedom Day. This morning, the Media Association of Vanuatu (MAV) organised a march in support of media freedom through downtown Port Vila. Prime Minister Charlot Salwai addressed the journalists and producers in attendance. A free press is critical to a functioning democracy, and something worth fighting for.

The retrial of the Conspiracy case has been adjourned until 6 June. The former MPs Read the rest of this entry »


Korman area squatters served eviction notice

Residents of a squatter settlement recently established in the Korman area of the capital have been given two weeks to move out. Police issued the notice to the people living behind the Read the rest of this entry »


Imprisoned ex-politicians to be released this Friday — but must return to Court in four days’ time

The catalyst for political change: The 14 MPs are taken to prison following their convictions in October last year

The scene in October 15 after 14 MPs were convicted and taken to prison. Photo: TIV

The parole-granted release of ten former MPs on Friday (after the 7 April Appeal Court decision) is overshadowed by the fact that they will be back in court next week to enter their pleas in the retrial of the conspiracy case. Public Prosecutor Naiguleva says Read the rest of this entry »


Senior management of national broadcaster suspended

VBTC has suspended its General Manager and its Financial Controller. VBTC Chairman Jonety Jerety suspended GM Fred Vurobaravu and FC Roy Mariasua last Friday. Jerety says financial mismanagement is the main reason for the pair’s suspension – VBTC has been operating outside of its budget for some time. Read the rest of this entry »


Martin Mahe reappointed as Chairman of Public Service Commission with full backing of Govt

Martin Mahe, Chairman of the Vanuatu Public Service Commission. Photo: Supplied

Martin Mahe, Chairman of the Vanuatu Public Service Commission. Photo: Supplied

It must be encouraging for Vanuatu civil servants to see the Chairman of the Public Service Commission Martin Mahe reappointed by Read the rest of this entry »


Vohor and Kalsakau to be released on parole tomorrow

Eligible for parole: Serge Vohor, left, and Steven Kalsakau (right). Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Graham Crumb (Vohor), supplied

Former PM Serge Vohor and former minister Steven Kalsakau will be released from prison on parole tomorrow. Eleven other former politicians are also eligible for release, several from the corrupt former government incarcerated after charges of guilt in a huge bribery case. The former Prime Minister Moana Carcasses cannot be considered for good behaviour release until at least October. Under the Leadership Code Act, their criminal convictions mean they will not be able to stand again for political office until 2025. Read the rest of this entry »