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Another French Polynesian Assembly Member To Quit The Once Dominant Anti-Independence Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party

 

Another French Polynesian assembly member has decided to quit the once dominant anti-independence Tahoeraa Huiraatira party of Gaston Flosse.

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Third Fiji Sedition Mistrial Application Dismissed

 

For the third time, a mistrial application in Fiji, filed by the defence for the fifteen Ra people charged with sedition, has been dismissed by the Lautoka High Court.

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PNG National Court Orders Permanent Sealing Of Disputed Election Ballots

 

A National Court judge has ordered the Electoral Commission to permanently seal a container holding ballot boxes from Kagua-Erave electorate in Southern Highlands to prevent any tampering.

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American Samoa House Hearing Focuses On Collection Of 2% Wage Tax

 

In the past, lawmakers have made claims that the government, through the Treasury Department, hasn't been consistent in collecting the 2% wage tax, which is paid by all wage earners. The money is earmarked, under local law, for LBJ Medical Center’s operation and the off-island referral program.

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At Least 5,000 New Voters Register For Tongan Election

 

With just two-months to go before Tongans head to the polls on 16 November, there are now around 57,000 plus voters who have registered, according to a provisional electoral roll published last week.

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Police To Prosecute Parents Of Girl At Center Of First Solomons Human Trafficking Case

 

Police will arrest and charge parents of a girl who allegedly forced their under-aged daughter to live with a Malaysian logger. Public prosecutor Andrew Kelesi revealed this in court yesterday when opposing a bail application submitted by Malaysian national Wong Thien Sin.

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Fiji Reviews Legislation In Hope Of Strengthening Law Enforcement

 

Fiji 's Defence Minister says his ministry has begun a review of legislation in the hope of strengthening law enforcement.

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Tonga Timber Deal With American Samoa Formalized

 

A deal worth US$205,000 for Tongan Caribbean Pine power poles was signed last week in Apia, between American Samoa and Aotearoa-Tonga Forest Products Ltd, a former Tonga Government public enterprise. The deal is a two-year supply agreement for 500 30-foot Class 4 and 100 40-foot Class 1 Caribbean Pine power poles between the two countries.

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Solomons CSOs Petitioning PM Regarding Withdrawal Of Anti-Corruption Bill

 

The country’s Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have combined forces in seeking signatures of Solomon Islanders nationwide and abroad for their three-point petition on the withdrawn Anti-Corruption Bill. The petition demands that Prime Manasseh Sogavare re-tables the Bill when Parliament resumes next month as he had declared, that all 50 Members of Parliament unanimously vote in support of the Bill and that the Prime Minister accepts representatives of the CSOs to be part of a group to monitor the progress of work on the Bill in preparation for its re-tabling in Parliament.

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NGO Blasts Lenient Punishment For Police Who Killed Papuan

 

Human Rights Watch in Indonesia has expressed disappointment at a lenient punishment for four police officers involved in the killing of a West Papuan last month.

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