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Thursday 1 May 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new six-year partnership deal has been signed between Australia and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS). Australia will pay $21.6 million (AUD) for the first three years of the partnership.
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Wednesday 9 April 2014
Sydney, Australia
The University of Sydney will be hosting a five day Pacific Studies conference from 22-26 April, 2014 that will look at action and adaption to climate change, and Australia’s role in the Pacific, among other topics. Senior Curator of Sydney University’s Macleay Museum and Conference Co-Convenor Jude Philp said the conference is an important way to draw attention to the need in Australia for more knowledge about the Pacific region.
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Tuesday 18 March 2014
Noumea, New Caledonia
A ten year partnership agreement has been signed between the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Australian Government.
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Tuesday 11 February 2014
Sochi, Russia
Australia may have won the Rugby League World Cup but Tonga has a faster Luger. Tonga’s first winter Olympian, Bruno Banani beat Australia’s Alexander Ferlazzo to 32nd place in the Luge Men’s Singles at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games and was ahead of Ferlazzo by only less than half a second.
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Tuesday 10 September 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Sea Princess from Australia visited Nuku’alofa in the weekend with nearly 2,000 passengers. It berthed at the new Vuna Wharf and many of its passengers were out visiting shops and cafes in the Central Business District.
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Tuesday 4 June 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Australian Government will provide an estimated T$55.67 million (AUD32.2m) in development assistance to Tonga in 2013-14, the Australian High Commission announced today, 4 June.
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Monday 29 April 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new donor-funded programme aims to develop the skills of parliamentarians in order to improve law-making processes in Tonga and to strengthen the ability of the government to build democracy.
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Wednesday 20 March 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three Tongans have been deported from New Zealand while another person left voluntarily as a result of their criminal records being wiped-off by Tonga Police. Australia has also cancelled the visas of three Tongans while a fourth visa is being considered for cancellation. Meanwhile, the Tonga Police are continuing to investigate a practice that the Police Commissioner said had damaged Tonga's reputation because official documents with the police letterhead were sent telling a lie to gain access to another country.
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Thursday 7 February 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The new Australian High Commissioner to Tonga, HE Mr Brett Aldam today presented his letter of credence to King Tupou VI at the Royal Palace.
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Tuesday 8 January 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HE Mr Thomas Roth, Australia's 14th High Commissioner to Tonga in a farewell reception at the Australian Residence, Mirrabooka on Friday 4 January 2013 welcomed colleagues, friends and acquaintance.
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Thursday 13 December 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Visiting Tonga, Senator Louise Pratt of Western Australia, presented new uniforms to Tonga Police officers at the Police Headquarter in Longlongo today. This is part of a Tonga Police Development Program funded by a Tri-Partite Development Agreement between Tonga, Australia and New Zealand. Photos by Linny Folau.
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Wednesday 26 September 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
At the Australia-Tonga Defence Cooperation Talks 2012, held today in Nuku'alofa, Australia reaffirmed its continued assistance to the Tonga Defence Services through a number of projects, activities and exercises planned for the next 12 months.
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Wednesday 22 August 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The World Bank and the Government of Tonga today signed a US$2.9 million grant agreement to implement the Tonga Energy Road Map, which will improve the access, efficiency and cost of energy for Tonga’s 104,000 people. The Government of Australia, through the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility, is contributing US$2.5 million of the total grant, according to a press statement by the World Bank today.
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Thursday 9 August 2012
Brisbane, Australia
Frothy volcanic rock called pumice, thrown out by Tongan eruptions in 2006, transported around 80 species of marine creatures to Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
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Thursday 2 August 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two women have become heads of Tonga's overseas missions, with HRH Princess Latufuipeka appointed as Tonga's new High Commissioner to Australia, while Tania Tupou becomes Tonga's first Ambassador to Japan.
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Wednesday 1 August 2012
Melbourne, Australia
The Melbourne Tapa exhibition will be launched by HRH Princess Latufuipeka Tuku'aho in Melbourne on Thursday 2 August in her first official duty as the High Commissioner of Tonga to Australia, at the start of a five-day Melbourne tour. Photos Loketi Niua Latu.
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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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Wednesday 29 February 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Australian Government today announced it will provide $5 million to support health and education professionals in Tonga.
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Wednesday 3 August 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has so much to be proud of in its education system, the Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia HE Ms Quentin Bryce said in visiting the Nuku'alofa Government Primary School on August 2.
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Wednesday 7 October 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mohammed Fahda (22) one of Australia's "Most Wanted People" who is accused of murder, was extradited to Australia on Monday, October 5 following his arrest in Tongatapu last week.
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