Australia must be mindful during Bougainville referendum and beyond

ANALYSIS from the Lowy Institute has urged Australia to step up its engagement in Bougainville in the lead up and eventual outcome to next month’s referendum, particularly if the people vote for independence and are unable to reach an agreement with the government of Papua New Guinea.

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Lowy Institute cautiously optimistic but notes regional tensions. Photo credit: Lowy Institute

The research notes Bougainville is largely referendum ready, where the region's 300,000 people will be given a choice between independence or greater autonomy when they head to the polls on November