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Thursday 9 March 2017
Berlin, Germany
Corruption is rife in the Asia Pacific region says Transparency International in a recent report revealing just over one in four people living in 16 countries surveyed in the area are estimated to have paid a bribe to access public services. The report did not include Tonga or any other Pacific Island nation, but focused on larger economies in Asia with Australia the only nation in the Pacific region included.
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Friday 13 May 2016

Newcastle, Australia
Australian Police arrested 66 activists in a climate change protest that shut down a coal port in Newcastle city last Sunday May 8 according to local reports. Over 1,000 protesters includied members of the Pacific Islander activist group “Pacific Climate Warriors”.
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Monday 22 June 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Australian Government has removed a cap on its Seasonal Worker Program (SWP) meaning there will be no longer be a limit to the number of workers from participating Pacific Islands countries.
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Thursday 23 October 2014
Canberra, Australia
Princess Angelika Lātūfuipeka ​Tuku'aho, Tonga's High Commissioner to Australia was among the women ambassadors who met Australian Foreign Minister, the Hon. Julie Bishop MP in Canberra on October 22.
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Tuesday 9 September 2014
Canberra, Australia
Tonga and Thailand are deepening diplomatic relations after discussing potential areas of cooperation, particularly in tourism and agriculture, in Canberra on September 5.
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Friday 8 August 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Ambassador to Australia, Princess Angelika Tukuaho delivered a keynote address to the Professional Australian Pacific Women committee in Sydney, Australia last night August 7.
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Sunday 8 September 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australia has chosen a new government, with Tony Abbott as its new Prime Minister-elect, after the Parliamentary Election results were announced before 10:00pm yesterday September 7, following the defeat conceded by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
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Wednesday 20 February 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australia's Department of Immigration and Citizenship in Canberra is currently investigating if any of the alleged Tonga Police records cleared in the past for Tongan citizens, have been put to the department in support of visa applications, and they will not rule out visa cancellations where a visa holder has sought to fraudulently obtain entry.
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Friday 15 June 2012
Canberra, Australia
Australia is the largest single ultimate destination for Chinese direct investment, and though Australia is a relatively small economy, it is likely to remain one of China's largest foreign investment destinations for a while to come. At the same time, the scale and pace of growth in Chinese direct investment has led to populist reactions that have challenged the open investment regime in Australia and, in particular, raised policy questions about whether investments by state-owned enterprises (SOEs) need to be treated differently from private investment. By Peter Drysdale, Australia National University.
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Tuesday 8 November 2011
Canberra, Australia
The Pacific Women's Empowerment Dialogue on Stopping Violence Against Women met at Australia's Parliament House in Canberra last week. The meeting was co-hosted by AusAid and the US Department of State.
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Tuesday 16 August 2011
Sydney, Australia
Tonga is seeking a US$26.9 million grant from the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank to support the installation of a broadband cable network for Tonga next year.
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Friday 11 March 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australia's Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, Hon. Richard Marles, visited Tonga on March 11 and affirmed Australia's support would continue under Tonga's new government.
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Thursday 26 November 2009
Canberra, Australia
To address the pay equity gap in Australia for women a new report by the House of Representatives Employment and Workplace Relations Committee has recommended a raft of amendments to the Fair Work Act and Sex Discrimination Act.
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Wednesday 12 August 2009
Melbourne, Australia
Australia and New Zealand have offered to buy a new ferry for Tonga after last week's disaster in which 93 people are feared drowned.
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Wednesday 5 August 2009
Queensland, Australia
Pacific Greenpeace activists have shut down Abbott Point coal export terminal in Queensland to demand Kevin Rudd stops risking the future of Pacific Islands by undermining real action on climate change and expanding Australia's coal industry.
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Wednesday 1 July 2009
Sydney, Australia
Newington College, in Sydney, is strengthening its historical links with Tonga by offering a new two-year scholarship to a Tongan student.
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Friday 12 June 2009
Australia
Australia is on a mission. Come August when it hosts the Pacific Islands Forum it's looking to announce another feather in its free trade cap, that of the Pacific.
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Wednesday 3 June 2009
Canberra, Australia
Better urban design of our cities and suburbs to encourage people to be active and a greater focus on teaching children the importance of healthy eating and exercise are key recommendations of the Australian House of Representative'’s Health Committee's report "Weighing it up" released on June 1.
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Friday 27 February 2009
Canberra, Australia
Tonga's High Commissioner to Australia, HRH Crown Prince Tupouto'a-Lavaka today presented a donation of AUD$100,000 toward a relief fund for victims of the devastating bush fires in Victoria, and the flooding in Northern Queensland.
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Tuesday 27 January 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Australian Day celebration kicked off at the Teufaiva Stadium at mid-day with an exhibition game of Aussie Rules football between Vava'u and Tongatapu Under-17 teams.
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