PHIL FITZPATRICK – MELANESIA is an ill-defined concept. The word comes from the Greek and means ‘black islands’. The term generally refers to a broad swathe of territory extending from West Papua south east to Fiji. The area encompasses the…

Pacific Beat, ABC, By Pacific affairs reporter Liam Fox and staff Updated 27 Jun 2015, 4:11pm A coalition of West Papuan organisations has been accepted into a regional grouping of Melanesian countries but denied full membership. The United Liberation Movement for…