World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Evacuation of Australians from Solomon Islands

The embarkation of Australians and other foreign nationals wishing to evacuate Honiara resumed this morning at approximately 8:00 o'clock. Approximately 300 people have boarded HMAS Tobruk which has spent the night anchored in Honiara harbour.

The situation in the vicinity of the ship remains calm. A decision on a destination port will be made once it is clear how many people have taken advantage of the offer to board Tobruk.

The Minister for Defence, John Moore, this morning clarified the situation regarding the cost of the operation.

"I can confirm that the Australian Government will not be charging civilians for the evacuation. To this end, I have ensured that Defence assets will be employed throughout the operation. If an airbridge is required to supplement the evacuation by HMAS Tobruk, RAAF aircraft will be deployed.

"All civilians onboard HMAS Tobruk will be brought to safety in Australia. Non-Australian citizens will then be at liberty to continue their journey home.

"Yesterday afternoon, prior to the commencement of the evacuation, I instructed Defence that the operation was to be on an entirely zero-cost-recovery basis. Defence has, at no time, sought any financial contribution from those seeking our help."

Further information is available through Defence Public Affairs on 02 62652929.

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Preliminary Results: MH17 Investigation Report

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is convinced of having obtained irrefutable evidence to establish that on 17 July 2014, flight MH-17 was shot down by a BUK missile from the 9M38-series. According to the JIT there is also evidence identifying the launch location that involves an agricultural field near Pervomaiskyi which, at the time, was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. More>>


At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>


Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news