Expect to hear more noise from the crossbench when Parliament resumes, as pressure ramps up on the Federal Government to resettle refugees currently on Manus Island and Nauru.
The Prime Minister is pressing ahead with the Government's ambitious Pacific step up, reshaping Australia's aid program in Solomon Islands by pledging $250 million during a short visit to Honiara.
On Sunday Scott Morrison will become the first Australian Prime Minister to visit Honiara in more than a decade. And though the visit is being framed in the Pacific tug-of-war with China, it goes deeper than that, writes Nick Sas.
A top US State Department official visiting Australia accuses China of destabilising the Pacific by trying to pick off Taiwan's allies in the region.
There are opportunities for Australia with the re-election of Joko Widodo, particularly in regards to trade, infrastructure and climate change.
Aid groups praise Labor's promise to ramp up foreign aid by $1.6 billion over four years, but say the pledge falls well short of the ALP's own policy platform.
The owner of the site of Bali's Sari Club — one of two nightclubs bombed in 2002 — has defended his right to build a new multi-storey development there, despite verbal promises for a peace park.
Jose Ramos-Horta, one of the founding fathers of Timor-Leste, is confident that Australia will return millions of dollars generated from oil fields that belong to the developing South-East Asian country under a yet-to-be-ratified international agreement signed a year ago.
The Coalition usually wins at least three senate spots in Queensland, meaning Mr Rennick has a good chance of entering Parliament from July.
PNG politicians are shrugging off concerns about Beijing's rising influence in the Pacific, as Chinese investors plan to spend $400m on a brand new Chinatown development for Port Moresby.