Morrison under fire over climate pact

Original article by Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 7 : 16-Aug-19

Australia is continuing with its efforts to make changes to the Pacific Island Forum’s final communique. It is seeking to have the phrase ‘climate change crisis’ replaced with ‘climate change reality’, while it does not want the statement to call for a moratorium on new coal mines and to endorse the phasing out of coal-fired power, something that Pacific Island nations were seeking. The Forum has seen a degree of tension between Australia and New Zealand, with NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern joining with Pacific Island nations in calling on Australia to do more to tackle climate change. However, NZ Foreign Minister Winston Peters has queried why Pacific Island nations were not pressuring China on the issue, given its contribution to climate change is far greater.


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