Australia’s Dilemma: A Pacific policy requires a climate policy

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Australia’s Dilemma: A Pacific policy requires a climate policy

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At a time of rising economic and political power by China and other Asian nations, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has stated that Australia should be the “partner of choice” for neighbouring Pacific island nations. Australia has launched a Pacific “step up”, seeking to maintain a policy of strategic denial in the islands. However, the August 2019 Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu revealed the paradox facing the Morrison government: Australia will only be the “partner of choice” if it can improve policies on climate mitigation and adaptation, yet is unable to do so because of the carbon capture of key domestic policy institutions.

Journalist Nic Maclellan reported from the 2019 Forum leaders meeting in Funafuti, interviewing key participants in the summit. In this seminar, he will discuss fault lines on climate policy between Australia and Forum island countries, as Pacific leaders attend the September 2019 UN Climate Action Summit. How can Australia address Pacific demands on climate finance and the Green Climate Fund; loss and damage; and emissions reductions’ targets?


  • Mr Nic Maclellan
    Mr Nic Maclellan, Correspondent for Islands Business Magazine (Fiji)