The securitization of public health emergencies
A new bill passed in the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Parliament has increased the state’s security powers to deal with public health emergencies. Henry Ivarature takes a look at whether there is a better way to achieve health emergency goals.
COVID-19 | The Pacific response: 10 June
The Northern Mariana Islands and Indonesia have been the centres of COVID-19 growth in the region, whilst Papua New Guinea has voted to extend lockdown measures despite domestic pressure. Meanwhile, New Zealand has faced calls to open up to Pacific tourism, Hugh McClure writes
COVID-19 | The Pacific response: 3 June
New Caledonia has recorded its first new cases in two months amid rising tensions with France, whilst Papua New Guinea has faced internal pressure to ease COVID-19 restrictions even as cases in neighbouring Indonesia continue to rise, Hugh McClure writes.