The year 2003 marked a significant change in Australia's
relations with the island Pacific, including Papua New Guinea
(PNG). Since gaining independence in the 1970s, the island
states of the Southwest Pacific have been left to control their
own political and economic affairs. While providing substantial
amounts of bilateral aid, Australia has been sensitive to charges
of neo-colonialism and interference with national sovereignty.
All this has changed, however, with the Australian...[Show more]
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