Australian High Commissioner

Australian High Commissioner accused of 'meddling' in Tongan affairs

No-one has been executed in the Kingdom since 1982, and a de facto moratorium has been maintained since then.

But it still remains an option for convictions of murder and treason.

Last month, Adrian Morrison, co-hosted an event to commemorate World Day Against the Death Penalty.

He identified the death penalty as "one of the few points of genuine difference between Australia and Tonga."

Mr Morrison said Australia was not only against the death penalty, but was actively working to convince others, including Tonga, to abolish it.

Tongan alphabet flashcards assist early literacy skills

The Australian High Commissioner to Tonga, HE Mr Adrian Morrison handed over the cards to the Ministry of Education and Training Acting CEO, Manu 'Akau'ola at Ngele'ia Government Primary School yesterday, 16 May.

Funded by by Australia's Direct Aid Program, 400 packs of flashcards were printed for distribution to selected schools and families in the Ministry of Education's Inclusive Education programmes.

The flashcards project was developed by the Inclusive Education programme in collaboration with the University of the South Pacific's Institute of Education.