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Wednesday  27 May  -  11:46 pm  NZT

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Referendum possible on CEDAW in Tonga

The prime minister of Tonga says there could be an historic referendum on the ratification of a controversial women's rights convention.

Disgruntled MPs lead Norfolk opposition - Hardgrave

Australia's administrator on Norfolk Island says the opposition to reforms initiated by Canberra is being led by a few politicians who will lose their jobs.

SPC calling for urgent action on chikungunya

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community says the chikungunya virus has now spread through half of the Pacific and is likely to reach non-affected countries in the region over the next five years.

Options raised for Fiji's Sodelpa over MP suspension

A scholar of parliamentary process and law in the region Richard Herr says the opposition in Fiji has a few options open to it to deal with the suspension of one of its MPs. (AUDIO)

Solomons eyes new electoral system

The Solomon Islands government says it will scrap the country's first past the post electoral system in favour of a more representative system.

NGOs condemn Nauru's censorship

A group of NGOs has written a letter to the Nauru government calling on it to restore full access to internet services and repeal a new law which restricts freedom of expression.

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Dateline Pacific evening edition for 27 May 2015

Options raised for Fiji's Sodelpa over MP suspension; There's threat of an oil spill in American Samoa; Physicians demand changes to Australia's asylum policies; And PNG is unable to address its doctor shortages.

Options raised for Fiji's Sodelpa over suspension

A scholar of parliamentary process and law in the region Richard Herr says the opposition in Fiji has a few options open to it to deal with the long term suspension of one of its MPSs.

Oil spill concern in American Samoa

There's concern up to 4,000 litres of fuel and 75 tonnes of fish could be spilled into the ocean in American Samoa where a longliner ran aground in bad weather.

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 27 May 2015

Physicians demand changes to Aust asylum policies; PNG unable to address Doctor shortages; Norfolk Island considers how to convince Australia to change its mind about downgrading its autonomy; University looks at indigenous language preservation; School children revive Samoan language.

Physicians demand changes to Aust asylum policies

Physicians say that Australia's mandatory detention of asylum seekers is inhumane and must end.

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