AFBC NEWS : 29th Nov 2016

AFBC Articles of Interest, November 2016

The following is a selection of articles from various sources relating to Fiji. Opinions and information expressed in these articles are the views of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Business Council or its members.

— By Various

Politics, Organised Crime and Corruption in the Pacific
by Sinclair Dinnen and Grant Walton

The notion of ‘organised crime’ typically conjures up images of criminal gangs. Some mafia and bikie gangs do operate in parts of the Pacific and have featured in local and international media. However, we argue that understanding the threat of organised crime in the Pacific requires moving away from this popular perception. We suggest that the most significant organised crime involves the nexus between political elites and seemingly licit actors. Reframing ‘organised crime’ in this way provides us with a more nuanced understanding of its changing political economy in the region.

by Tristram Sainsbury and Research Associate Hannah Wurf

The G20 is a policy no-brainer for Australia, and we should be actively engaged in the forum. 

The position may surprise those that have bought into the sheer cynicism embodied in Gordon Brown’s recent remarks that the G20 is widely viewed as ineffective. There’s been a noticeable downgrading of Australian government attention on the G20 (particularly in the treasury) since the end of 2014.

Labour Mobility Support Networks — ‘It’s Not Just a Seasonal Thing’
by Rochelle Bailey, Peter Bumseng and Regina Bumseng

This In Brief highlights local ni-Vanuatu support structures initiated through workers’ participation in Australia’s Seasonal Worker Program (SWP) and New Zealand’s Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme (RSE). It draws on recent interviews with workers, families, recruiters, leaders, chiefs and a support group in Vanuatu. In May 2016, more than 600 RSE workers and 64 SWP workers returned to Vanuatu.1 During a field trip in April 2016, just before their return, stakeholders insisted RSE and SWP were detrimentally affecting family structures. The social impacts of seasonal labour mobility schemes are described in various academic works; however, they are yet to be investigated in detail.

ADB@50 What does the future Hold?
To help mark the Asian Development Bank’s half-century, a panel of eminent speakers shared their insights on Asia-Pacific development over the past 50 years and the relevance of the institution in current times.

Speakers: Professor Ron Duncan, ANU; Mr Stephen Groff, Vice President, Asian Development Bank; Professor Hal Hill, ANU; Ms Annmaree O’Keeffe AM, Lowy Institute and Dr Matthew Dornan (chair), Deputy Director, Development Policy Centre, ANU.


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