From The Crowd

14th January

Opinion: Less worker exploitation under the SWP

When the pandemic hit, Pacific Island countries closed their borders to workers hired through the federal government’s Seasonal Worker Program (SWP), preventing them from returning home. It was understandable – the health systems in these countries would have struggled to deal with an outbreak...

13th January

Opinion: New year brings new opportunities

The new year brings opportunities and challenges for the Pacific. There are big questions being asked across the region — questions that go to the heart of how countries, peoples and regional organisations see themselves and how they relate to the rest of the world. And there are ongoing political, social, and economic challenges, all of which are complex and complicated. Whilst outsiders may look for one-liners to...

12th January

Opinion: 2021 was world’s fifth-hottest year

BRUSSELS – Last year was the world’s fifth hottest on record, while levels of planet-warming carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere hit new highs in 2021, European Union scientists said. The EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) said in a report on Monday that the last seven years were the world’s warmest “by a clear margin” in records dating back to 1850 and the average global temperature in 2021...

10th January

Seed library — from little things, big things grow

“Neither a borrower nor a lender be” is a well-known phrase from Hamlet by William Shakespeare, but it’s not one embraced by gardener Deb Tanzer. She wanted to do something for her local community, so she established a community library in Westbrook just outside Toowoomba about two years ago. She has expanded from that idea...

Nainendra Nand – a man of principle

THE death has occurred in Suva of Nainendra Nand, one of Fiji’s most senior lawyers. The former Solicitor-General died suddenly last Friday, aged 63. News of his passing was greeted with shock and sadness by his many colleagues and friends in the legal profession. Mr Nand was educated in the United Kingdom. After receiving his...

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