In 1997, John Howard chose expansion of Australian fossil fuels over Pacific concerns about climate change. Will Albanese finally mend the rift?
While the US is still primarily focused on countering Chinese influence in the region, Australia is making a real impact with its Pacific Engagement Visa.
In a crowded region, it’s hard to know who is doing what, and where. Effective statecraft, though, is not always measured by quantity over quality.
When Pacific Forum economic ministers meet today in Vanuatu, the region’s troubled airline sector should be high on their agenda.
Both Anthony Albanese and Jacinda Ardern had successful meetings at the Pacific Islands Forum – but there is much more work to be done in the region.
For Pacific Islands, climate change trumps all other threats to their security. While they welcome Australia’s new emission targets, this is an issue of survival that demands greater ambition.
University of Canberra Professorial Fellow Michelle Grattan and Assistant Professor Caroline Fisher discuss the week in politics
Word from The Hill: ‘Pandemic fatigue’ takes its toll of mandates and even the expert health advice.
Michelle Grattan discusses politics with politics + society editor, Amanda Dunn
While Australia worries about Chinese influence, Pacific nations are more worried about climate change. By boosting climate ambition, Australia could be the region’s security partner of choice.
Pacific island nations are working to secure their people and infrastructure from cyber attacks.
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.