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Cyclone Pam costs Vanuatu workforce millions of vatu in lost wages

Updated 6 May 2015, 11:10 AEST

Only now is the true picture of the economic cost of Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu becoming clear, with the Labor Commission estimating that more than a quarter of a million working days have been lost.

Unions call for halt to increase in Australian seasonal work

Updated 6 May 2015, 11:27 AEST

The Australian Pacific Seasonal Work Program may become embroiled in a growing controversy around the exploitation of backpackers and other short-term foreign workers in Australia's horticulture industy.

Court challenge to Solomon Islands tax-free MP salaries plan

Updated 5 May 2015, 12:07 AEST

A citizens' group in Solomon Islands has launched a constitutional challenge to the plan to offer tax-free salaries to MPs.

Malaitan premier says tax-free salary decision brings national MPs integrity into question

Updated 4 May 2015, 9:10 AEST

There's been a growing backlash to moves in the Solomon Islands to offer tax-free salaries to MPs.

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