Melissa Clarke,

Melissa Clarke

Canberra, ACT, Australia

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Past articles by Melissa:

China's Pacific push reverberates as Kiribati's pro-Beijing president wins re-election

President Taneti Maamau, the man responsible for switching Kiribati's allegiance from Taiwan to China, is re-elected after an election campaign with extravagant promises on the basis of Chinese funds. → Read More

Trust in China has plummeted in recent years, poll of Australians says

Australians' attitudes towards China are hardening, according to a wide-ranging poll that points to plummeting trust in China and its President Xi Jinping. → Read More

Pacific leaders fear climate change campaign will 'lose momentum' amid COVID-19 pandemic

Pacific leaders have said action on climate change "cannot and should not" take a back seat during the COVID-19 pandemic and have appealed for Australia to help rally global support for more emissions cuts. → Read More

NZ travel bubble being delayed by Australian states' coronavirus border closures, Winston Peters says

State border restrictions are holding up the resumption of travel between Australia and New Zealand, with leaders across the Tasman Sea becoming frustrated at the delays. → Read More

Foreign Investment Review Board to be given greater approval powers amid increasing national security risk

Foreigner investors will face new restrictions if they want a stake in sensitive industries, under sweeping changes aimed at protecting Australia's national security. → Read More

Scott Morrison's chance to turn his love of samosas into a diplomatic opportunity with Narendra Modi

While a planned three-day visit to India is off the cards, Scott Morrison will have a diplomatic opportunity when he virtually meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. → Read More

Coronavirus to 'dwarf' Australia's aid resources, forcing redirect of funding to health security, stability and economic recovery

The spread of COVID-19 will "dwarf" Australia's aid resources and force a rethink of how to help and maintain a strategic presence in the region, according to a new government strategy. → Read More

EU wants coronavirus vaccine patents to be made widely available in pooling arrangement

At a critical virtual meeting next week the licensing of coronavirus vaccines is up for discussion, and prominent international leaders want a framework to ensure countries can make any drugs to fight COVID-19 cheaply. → Read More

New Zealand's strict coronavirus restrictions to ease this week

Restaurants, shops, gyms and playgrounds will re-open in New Zealand from Thursday, as coronavirus restrictions ease across the country. → Read More

Coronavirus could see Papua New Guinea, Indonesia become failed states

As COVID-19 races around the world, infecting millions, it finds the vulnerable — and that includes whole nations too, writes Melissa Clarke. → Read More

Healthcare workers fighting coronavirus to receive millions of new face masks after Australia's stocks are boosted

A bigger stockpile of personal protective equipment could help Australia resume elective surgery sooner — which will be a major topic at the next National Cabinet meeting. → Read More

Australians advised not to wear face masks amid coronavirus pandemic

Millions of Americans are being told to consider wearing masks when they go out in public, but Australia's Deputy Chief Medical Officer says right now they are not recommended for the Australian public. → Read More

'Missing in action': Australia accused of ignoring Pacific neighbours in face of COVID-19 outbreak

As Pacific countries prepare to face the arrival of coronavirus on their shores, support from Australia is missing in action, according to the federal Opposition. → Read More

Jacinda Ardern 'fiercely disagrees' with Australia's deportation of New Zealanders, but the policy is here to stay

Australia's policy of deporting foreign nationals with a criminal past is having a social impact on its closest ally, and now New Zealand's Prime Minister is asking Scott Morrison to end the practice. → Read More

Jacinda Ardern's leadership under question in New Zealand despite being lauded abroad

Around the world, Jacinda Ardern has been lauded for steering her nation compassionately through terrorism attacks and natural disasters, but at home her leadership and judgement are under question, writes Melissa Clarke. → Read More

Australia: Pacific labours 'success story'

The Australian government has flagged an expansion of its work schemes for Pacific Islanders, highlighting their success in bringing income directly to families — but expanding the programs could come at the expense of aid funding. → Read More

PNG: Australia to help get power to people

The ABC can reveal that Papua New Guinea's ambitious plan to bring electricity to millions of people is set to be the first project supported by Australia's new infrastructure aid bank. → Read More

Australia to offer Pacific funds to PNG for ambitious plan to get power to the people

The first project supported by Australia's $2 billion Pacific infrastructure aid bank could be an electrification program in PNG, where only 13 per cent of citizens currently have an electricity connection. → Read More

Coronavirus travel ban sees Chinese students miss start of university, Australian tertiary education sector scrambling

The Federal Government travel ban means Chinese students will miss the start of university. But will it harm the Australian tertiary sector and its reputation? → Read More

India, interrupted: Why was Scott Morrison going to New Delhi and will his absence matter?

If this summer hadn't presented a bushfire crisis of unprecedented scale, Prime Minister Scott Morrison would have spent this week in India — but it's a voyage he will need to make sooner rather than later. → Read More