Progressives need to build support for the right of the peoples of the Pacific to self-determination, free from interference, including from our own government, argues Sam Wainwright.
Autonomous Bougainville Government
Long-time peace activist Vikki John looks back at the bloody history of mining in Bougainville and the new government's plan to take political control over the nation's destiny.
Bougainville's election has determined who will lead negotiations with the Papua New Guinea government over independence, and the future of the Panguna copper and gold mine, writes Susan Price.
A spokesperson for the Bougainville Hardliners Group has called on the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) to explain why the Australian Federal Police (AFP) were at the controversial Panguna mine site in central Bougainville on June 5.
AFP officers were seen taking GPS readings at the abandoned copper mine site. James Onartoo, a former leader of the Bougainville Revolutionary Army, said the community has a right to know why they were there and what they were doing.