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28 Mar 2015 description

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere


As of March 24, there were 41 cases of dengue reported in China for 2015 (19 cases in January and 22 cases in February). Compared with the same period of the previous three years (2012 to 2014), the number of dengue cases reported in China for the months of January and February 2015 has increased (Figure 1).


26 Mar 2015 description

The Senate has voted to establish a select committee to review allegations of abuse and mistreatment at the Australian-run detention centre on Nauru.

Last Friday, the Australian Government released the long-awaited findings of the Moss review, which highlighted allegations of sexual and physical assault on asylum seekers, including children, at the Nauru centre.

26 Mar 2015 description

Sydney, Australia | | Thursday 3/26/2015 - 02:16 GMT

Australia and Cambodia on Thursday sealed a second deal on immigration cooperation, vowing to tackle the "growing security threat" of asylum-seeker smuggling just months after agreeing to transfer refugees to the Southeast Asian nation.

The new memorandum of understanding will see the two nations exchange information on people-smuggling activities, building on September's deal to transfer refugees held by Australia on the remote Pacific island of Nauru to Cambodia.

24 Mar 2015 description

Joint media release

Minister for Justice The Hon Michael Keenan MP

Premier of Western Australia The Hon. Colin Barnett MLA

Commonwealth Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett today announced more than $3 million of projects to assist communities across Western Australia build resilience to natural disasters.

Mr Keenan said the funding partnership between the Commonwealth and Western Australian governments would strengthen disaster resilience across WA through state-wide and community level projects.

24 Mar 2015 description

A water supply project was inaugurated today by H.E. Nasir Ahmad Durrani, the Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development and Minister of Immigration and Repatriation in Alsagan City, Barik Ab, Qarabagh district of Kabul province.

24 Mar 2015 description

Minister for Foreign Affairs
The Hon Julie Bishop MP

Media release

Today I launch innovationXchange – an Australian Government initiative to revolutionise the delivery and effectiveness of Australia’s aid program.

The $140 million project, the next phase of the Australian Government’s new aid paradigm, will mainstream innovation throughout the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

23 Mar 2015 description

On the eve of World TB Day, I am pleased to announce further support toward the eradication of tuberculosis and malaria in the Indo-Pacific region.

Drug resistant TB and malaria pose a threat to health security in our region and carry a high burden for our Asia-Pacific neighbours. More than half of the global TB cases (56%) occur in our region.

Australia’s new $30 million investment over three years will help bring new diagnostic tests and drugs to market to tackle this threat.

22 Mar 2015 description

Today I will travel to Vanuatu to see first hand the devastating impact Tropical Cyclone Pam has had on the people and economy of Vanuatu.

I will meet with Prime Minister Joe Natuman and Foreign Minister Sato Kilman, and reassure them of Australia’s support for Vanuatu at this challenging time. I will update the Government of Vanuatu on the Australian Defence Force’s increased response to the Australian aid mission to Vanuatu.

20 Mar 2015 description

An inquiry into reports of sexual abuse at Australia's asylum camp in Nauru found "credible" claims of assault and harassment.

The inquiry, conducted by former integrity commissioner Philip Moss, found two allegations of rape and others of "indecent assault, sexual harassment and physical assault".

It found no evidence charity workers lied about abuse claims at the centre.

The probe made 19 recommendations, which the government said it accepted.

20 Mar 2015 description

By Michael Edwards

Tensions between refugees and locals on the pacific island of Nauru have been heightened after a series of violent attacks that have left multiple refugees injured or arrested.

More than 400 former asylum seekers have received refugee status and now live on the island, but local resentment towards them is high.

Late last year they were threatened with violence if they did not stop taking jobs away from Nauruans and fraternising with local women.

19 Mar 2015 description

Today I announce that Australia will provide urgent humanitarian support to Tuvalu in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Pam.

The cyclone caused severe damage to houses, health centres and other critical infrastructure, and communities are experiencing electricity and water shortages.

Australia has already released pre-positioned water and medical supplies, and Australian humanitarian experts are on the ground supporting logistics and water and sanitation needs.

17 Mar 2015 description

Key points - Vanuatu’s government declared a nationwide state emergency in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam, which hit the pacific island and neighbouring islands on 13 March 2015. The UN has confirmed that 24 people have died and 3,300 displaced and the death toll is expected to rise sharply as rescuers reach outlying islands.

17 Mar 2015 description

Today we announce Australia will provide additional medical assistance and urban search and rescue capability in response to the devastation resulting from tropical Cyclone Pam.

“Today’s announcement follows substantial work Australian teams have been doing in Port Vila over the last 36 hours and assessments from the aerial reconnaissance flights carried out in Vanuatu yesterday,” Minister Bishop said.

17 Mar 2015 description

16 March 2015

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) continues to support disaster response efforts to help the people of Vanuatu following Cyclone Pam.

Two Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-17A Globemaster III aircraft have transported an ADF Reconnaissance Team to Port Villa along with personnel from the Department of Foreign Affairs and non-government organisations under Operation PACIFIC ASSIST 2015.