Slaughter in the village: A closer look at recent killings in Hela, PNG
Human Rights / Mining / Papua New Guinea / Women & Girls

Slaughter in the village: A closer look at recent killings in Hela, PNG

Revisiting Tari, albeit long distance, for The Guardian. Recent killings of women and children in a village outside Tari deserve to be seen in the context of the spiralling social emergency playing out there. This plugs into the same issues wrote about in my long feature on PNG’s Resource Curse for The Monthly last year. … Continue reading

Dry At The Mouth: Witnessing the ecological collapse of The Coorong
Agriculture / Climate change / Science / Water

Dry At The Mouth: Witnessing the ecological collapse of The Coorong

I’ve hooked up with Dr David Paton’s annual summer surveys of the sublime Coorong area of South Australia several times over the years, most memorably taking my kids along as volunteers when they were small. They plucked tiny birds out of mist nets and weighed them, sifted the water for tiny larvae, released pygmy possums … Continue reading

The Butterfly Effect: Reportage from PNG for Griffith Review ‘Writing The Country’
Agriculture / Climate change / Forests / Health / Human Rights / Papua New Guinea

The Butterfly Effect: Reportage from PNG for Griffith Review ‘Writing The Country’

This latest edition of Griffith Review is dedicated to nature writing, exploring a range of environments, investigating “how these places are changing and what they might become; what is flourishing and what is at risk”. It was a chance for me to reflect on the critical but complex business of conservation in PNG, visiting landscape, … Continue reading

Chasing butterflies, and what you find along the way:  ABC RN’s Science Friction
Agriculture / Climate change / Forests / Human Rights / Papua New Guinea

Chasing butterflies, and what you find along the way: ABC RN’s Science Friction

My trip to PNG’s Managalas Plateau conservation area also yielded this radio documentary, produced in┬ácollaboration with ABC RN broadcaster extraordinaire Natasha Mitchell. While chasing the elusive and endangered Queen Alexandra Birdwing Butterfly, we explore the hardships facing so many forest-dwelling communities in PNG. Link here. (Image: (COPYRIGHT MUSEUMS VICTORIA; PHOTOGRAPHER BEN HEALLEY) Continue reading

Epidemic of corruption causing health emergency across PNG: New York Times
Health / Human Rights / Papua New Guinea / Polio

Epidemic of corruption causing health emergency across PNG: New York Times

As a serial visitor and close observer of PNG, I’ve been tuned in to the growing distress and anger of health workers at the collapse of supply lines of basic medicines and equipment to hospitals and clinics right across the country. Social media has been churning with reports of desperate and often grieving families. All … Continue reading