A Zoom meeting, a leadership vote and five offended Micronesian states. The Pacific’s key international body is down, but not yet out.
Michelle Grattan reviews another busy week in federal politics, and take a look at the prime minister’s major speech on Monday on the public service.
It’s becoming increasingly obvious that Australia’s inability – or refusal – to take firmer action on climate change is undermining its entire ‘Pacific step-up’.
Climate policy is clearly a threat to the job security of Australian prime ministers, but it could upend our international diplomacy as well, with a string of key summits looming in coming months.
A key question heading into the Pacific Islands Forum is whether Australia can negotiate a new regional security agreement that heeds Pacific leaders’ concerns.
Morrison has his work cut out for him restoring Australia’s reputation for good governance overseas and repairing relations with China.
Bishop could presumably expect to receive some attractive job offers in the next few months, and if the right one came along, domestic or international, she would be taking it.
This week’s Pacific Islands Forum is the region’s premier multilateral summit. But members have begun turning elsewhere out of frustration with Australia’s climate negotiation tactics.