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Bougainville heads to the polls for historic independence vote

Voting has begun in Bougainville on whether the cluster of islands wants to gain independence from Papua New Guinea.
SBS - Published

Australian love story at the heart of Bougainville's push for independence

Marilyn met her husband Moses in 1967. From that moment her fate was fixed to Bougainville's fight for freedom.
Brisbane Times - Published Also reported by •Sydney Morning HeraldThe Age

Bougainville's gold mine sparked a war that killed 20,000 - now it could be reopened

The people of Bougainville will vote in a referendum this weekend that will decide on its independence from Papua New Guinea. Here, SBS News visits the mine that ignited its decade-long civil war.
SBS - Published

'Where is Australia?' China makes a bold play for the south Pacific's 'Treasure Islands'

China is on the front foot across the south Pacific, as allegations of bribery emerge in the Solomon Islands and a leader on Bougainville reveals a Chinese “masterplan”.
Brisbane Times - Published Also reported by •Sydney Morning HeraldThe Age

Can Bougainville rebuild on the broken corporate dreams of the colonial age?

An Anglo-Australian copper and gold mine helped trigger a deadly civil war 30 years ago. Now Bougainville is poised to vote for independence.
Brisbane Times - Published Also reported by •Sydney Morning HeraldThe Age

This derelict mine caused a bloody war. Now Aussie companies are fighting over it again

The people of Bougainville are poised to vote for independence and already Australians, including Andrew "Twiggy" Forrest, are hoping to exploit their resources.
Brisbane Times - Published Also reported by •Sydney Morning HeraldThe Age

Why the upcoming Bougainville independence vote could trigger a 'regional crisis'

Australia may soon have a new country next door, but research says the process will likely be fraught.
SBS - Published

In the Herald: August 9, 1969

Invalid warrants, warnings to disruptive university students and locals attempts to block Bougainville mining
Sydney Morning Herald - Published

Bougainville agrees with PNG to delay independence vote

The vote was agreed after a nine-year civil war with the PNG mainland ended in 1998.
Sydney Morning Herald - Published Also reported by •The AgeBrisbane Times

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