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Wednesday 23 December 2020

Tasmania, Australia
The 162 seasonal workers who left Tonga on Monday for Australia, are spending 14 days in quarantine in a hotel before they are released to work on farms in Tasmania.
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Monday 21 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
One hundred and sixty-two seasonal workers left Tonga for Brisbane, Australia today on a chartered flight, confirmed Paul Karalus of Tonga’s Air Terminal Services this afternoon.
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Tuesday 15 December 2020
Adrian Morrison

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
We are all dealing with the impacts of emissions and climate change—in Australia, in Tonga and everywhere else in the world. To support others around the world, at the PIF High-Level Roundtable in December, Prime Minister Morrison announced Australia’s new global climate finance pledge of at least $1.5 billion over the period 2020 to 2025. This includes a $500 million investment in the Pacific to support renewable energy deployment and climate and disaster resilience. This is a 50 per cent increase on Australia’s previous pledge. By H.E. Adrian Morrison, the Australian High Commissioner to Tonga
Friday 4 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australia has provided AUD$2.885 million towards Tonga’s outer islands solar power project, supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), to help reduce reliance on diesel for power generation.
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Wednesday 25 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australia supports Tonga in joining a global campaign to end gender based violence starting today, 25 November, the International Day for Elimination of Gender-Based Violence.
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Tuesday 24 November 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
117 repatriated passengers arrived at Fua’amotu International Airport from Brisbane, Australia this afternoon. Tongan seasonal workers boarded the return flight to Brisbane.
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Monday 23 November 2020

Emerald, Australia
The 152 Tongan fruit pickers who arrived in Emerald, Australia, on 29 October were able to work during the two weeks of quarantine on a farm, under a pilot trial, that has saved fruit from rotting. Queensland was the first state in Australia to allow farmworkers to work while quarantining.
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Friday 20 November 2020

Suva, Fiji
Pacific senior police executives are learning new leadership and development opportunities in a partnership between the Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) and the Pacific Faculty of Policing.
Wednesday 18 November 2020

Canberra, Australia
Australia will provide AUD$42.5 million in core funding to the Pacific Community [SPC] over the next three-years to support their renewed 10-year strategic partnership (2014-2023).
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Tuesday 3 November 2020

Queensland, Australia
One hundred and fifty seasonal workers from Tonga arrived in Queensland on October 29 to fill the shortage of workers needed for the agriculture and horticulture industries between now and Christmas.
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Tuesday 3 November 2020

Canberra, Australia
The Australian Government has committed an additional $500 million to supporting access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines for the Pacific and Southeast Asia through a range of advance purchase agreements with manufacturers and through participation in the multilateral COVAX Facility.
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Monday 2 November 2020

Sydney, Australia
New York Times reporting: They used to call it “the tyranny of distance.” Australia’s remoteness was something to escape... until the pandemic. The virus has turned this outgoing nation into a hermit. Australia’s borders are closed, internationally and between several states. Its economy is smaller, and its population growth has fallen to its lowest rate in more than 100 years. Island living looks like a privilege when the world is pestilent. By Damien Cave.
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Thursday 29 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The first repatriation flight to Tonga from Brisbane, Australia with 80 passengers arrived at Fua’amotu International Airport this afternoon, 29 October.
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Thursday 22 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The stoppage of Tongan watermelon exports to New Zealand and kava exports to Australia is having a drastic impact on the Tongan economy, Lord Tu'i'afitu told the Tongan Parliament this week. Desperate growers are now trying to sell thousands of export quality watermelons along Tonga roadsides for only a few pa'anga each. Quality control was lost when Tonga's expert agricultural advisers left the country, and with a continuing border closure it will take a long time to replace them. From the House by Pesi Fonua
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Monday 19 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
New classrooms for two Tupou High School campuses at Vaololoa and Tapunisiliva in Tatakamotonga were commissioned by Princess Pilolevu Tuita, on October 16.
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Monday 19 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus Agreement will come into force on 13 December after the Cook Islands became the eighth signatory state to ratify it to be able to come into effect.
Friday 16 October 2020

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New York Times: The Great Barrier Reef, one of the Earth’s most precious habitats, lost half of its coral populations in the last quarter-century, a decline that researchers in Australia said would continue unless drastic action is taken to mitigate the effects of climate change. By Maria Cramer.
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Law
Wednesday 14 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
To date, all Pacific nations have abolished the death penalty entirely except for two, Tonga and Papua New Guinea. The World Day against the Death Penalty was jointly marked by the Australian and New Zealand High Commissions on October 9 in Nuku'alofa.
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Monday 5 October 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new classroom building for Mo'unga'olive College at Kolonga was commissioned on October 2, under a recovery project after the school was damaged by Tropical Cyclone Gita in 2018.
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Wednesday 16 September 2020

Bundaberg, Australia
A Tongan fruit-picker was fined $650 after punching a backpacker from Vanuatu in a consensual fight in Australia.
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