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I’ve been reading the judgment in the Florence Iaruel murder case, and I’m fighting tears. What that poor little girl underwent in her last moments is agonising just to read about.

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I think we can all agree that 2015 was a horrific year for our country. Just as we were catching our breaths and starting to recover from the impacts of Cyclone Pam, we were rocked by a huge corruption scandal. Half a government was convicted of corruption, the then Speaker attempted to pard…

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The Daily Post first reported the details of the Labour (Work Permits) Act only after it was passed in Parliament. This was the first chance for the public to see what was in it.

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The Pacific Islands Forum is done, and pols and pundits have been released from their cloistered confines on Nauru.

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Two days ago, the government of Nauru released a statement confirming that they would not grant access to the Pacific Island Forum to any reporter working for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. This decision is wrong, and it cannot go unopposed.

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The average Australian’s conception of Pacific island nations is so limited it makes some of us wonder if they even want to understand. Our voices—and our reality—have been pointedly and repeatedly ignored in the media, and in the corridors of power.

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The ‘news’ that Vanuatu was to be the site of a Chinese military base caught most people by surprise. Government officials with detailed knowledge of relevant matters swore hand on heart they’d never even heard hints of such talk. Minister of Foreign Affairs Ralph Regenvanu questioned the so…

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Some time ago, the Daily Post submitted a number of questions to Cooperatives Director Ridley Joseph concerning the Apma Financial Investment Centre, or AFIC. The questions arose from the government’s continuing silence concerning the money belonging to tens of thousands of depositors.

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It’s becoming far too common: Journalists and whistle blowers are being singled out and silenced as governments throughout the region allow the Pacific to slide down the slippery slope of repression. Either we act now to stop it, or we accept that in ten years, the region’s media may look a …

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Some people would like you to think that the Daily Post is against Yumi Toktok Stret, or Julian Ligo, or social media in general. That’s not true.

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Yumi Toktok Stret ‘news’, operated by Indigenous Media Ltd, recently published allegations concerning the alleged arrest of a person purportedly working in the sex trade, whose ‘client list’ included prominent members of Vanuatu society.

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The decision to suspend Doctor Basil Leodoro was not only an attack on freedom of speech as enshrined in Chapter 2, Article 5 (g) of the Constitution, but unnecessary under the spirit of Section 35 of the Public Service Act (CAP 246) that provides an avenue for a resolution.

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Sources have confirmed to the Daily Post that a draft motion of no confidence is circulating at this time. For months now, at least two senior ministers have rumbling that the Prime Minister needs either to accommodate their views or be prepared for change. A recent CoM decision on tax polic…

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Following the announcement that the Independent will cease print publication in the coming weeks, I feel it’s important to make a few observations.

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Every bar has one. That guy you used to admire. He was an athlete, a soldier, a gentleman and a scholar. He didn’t suffer fools gladly and he treated women and children like people.

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In light of a recent scolding issued by a public official, warning civil servants not to air ‘their dirty laundry’ in the media, we would like to remind everyone that that the very best place to air public administration’s dirty laundry is in the media.

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The last year or two have been a tough time for this country. We survived a cyclone that directly disrupted the lives of more than half the population.

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The continued inability of Vanuatu’s members of Parliament to do the work they were elected to do is a danger to the stability—and the viability—of the country.

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The Vanuatu Daily Post cannot endorse the current government tax plan.

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Sport and athletic achievement are—when we keep drugs and money out of the picture—one of the few human activities with few if any downsides.

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Despite friendly advice from numerous people close to the process, it appears that the government is proceeding with its draft revenue review plan much as it has with past policies. Doing things the ordinary way wouldn’t be a problem if it weren’t for the fact that this particular policy wil…

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For the third time in a week, the nation’s media are reporting cases of serious crimes against visitors to our country. In every case, the victims were female.

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Years ago, supporters of Vanuatu’s founding father embarked on a mission to erect a statue commemorating this great man.

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As Vanuatu waits to see how the government proposes to frame its referendum question(s) concerning the proposed constitutional amendments, we would do well to pay close attention to the drama unfolding in Papua New Guinea.

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Two events of highest significance in the context of global history of decolonization are taking place in the Pacific. The first is being the gathering of 79 nations for the 8th Summit of ACP (the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States) Heads of State and Government in Port Moresby, …

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In almost one decade of its existence, the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) has shown its potential to be “the strong man of the South Pacific”. It is making the region more economically integrated while sustaining its Melanesian cultural identity. However, one issue threatens the Group’s co…

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Once upon a time, if you wanted to tell someone you were traveling on foot, you’d say you were driving G-11.

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What do Britain’s EU exit vote, Donald Trump and Vanuatu have in common? Too much, actually....

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The horrific fatal accident this week on Erakor road is a tragedy that can partly or mostly be blamed, apart from reckless driving by the driver, on lack of proper regulation of the whole road traffic sector.

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‘No taxation without representation’ was the rebels’ rallying cry during the American War of Independence. Business owners in Vanuatu are worried that they too may be asked to carry a greater tax burden without being allowed adequate input into the framing process.

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One of the classic left/right distinctions of politics is whether the role of government should be to legislate equality and equitable treatment, or whether to legislate equality of opportunity and allow the community at large to decide how that plays itself out.

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In yesterday’s newspaper, we read how three young men stripped a young woman, groped and beat her, humiliated her, and dragged her face-down across the ground... all because she refused to marry one of them.

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National ICT Days are once again upon us, and the Daily Post is proud to be participating. We’ve been selected as a finalist for the ICT innovation award, thanks to an interactive tourist information product we built in collaboration with vSolutions. It’s a great example of the technological…

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The amount of media inattention in the developed world for yesterday’s signing of the Paris Accord, the COP21 climate change agreement, is staggering. In the United States, people only diverted their attention from the Republican clown show long enough to mourn Prince’s passing, then got on …

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The recent massive financial document dump, dubbed in the press as the Panama Papers, reveals a global pattern of tax avoidance—and worse. In Monday’s episode of the award-winning investigative series Four Corners, Marian Wilkinson delves into some of the documents affecting Australian taxpayers.

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At 7:30 yesterday, a ship’s horn resounded across Vila Bay. The visiting cruise ship Pacific Dawn sounded a salute to the women of Vanuatu, in support of the hundreds of people gathering down beside Fatumaru Bay to begin a march calling for an end to violence against women.

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Asked if there has been enough done to address the basic issues of social and economic justice for bus drivers, South Sea Shipping Managing Director John Tonner says, “We’ve discovered through the process that there’s been a lot of filtered communication, and at times miscommunication.”

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The rush to prepare for a general election has caused far too much confusion, probably more than necessary.

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This year has been an eventful one for Vanuatu. In the coming week, we’ll be running stories that commemorate what will surely prove to be one of the most challenging episodes in this young nation’s history.

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In the weeks after it became known that more than a dozen MPs were being investigated for allegedly giving and accepting bribes, we accepted the reluctance among our leaders to comment on an issue currently before the police.

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“The head of the Republic shall be known as the President and shall symbolise the unity of the nation.”

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Back in 2013, when Moana Carcasses was prime minister and acting minister of Trade, Cooperatives and ni-Vanuatu Business, he put a stop to the issuing of so-called D2 business licenses. These are the licenses needed to run a retail/wholesale shop.

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As the southeast trades have strengthened over the past few weeks bringing very cool to cold weather with them, the thought of another tropical cyclone forming is probably the furthest thing from anyone’s mind. And the last thing anyone in Vanuatu would want — cyclone Pam did more than enoug…

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