Australia accused of putting coal before Pacific ‘family’ as region calls for climate change action

ABC | Aug 16, 2019 at 5:29 AM
  • Pacific leaders have slammed Australia for putting politics ahead of their island neighbours after they undermined a consensus on a climate change communique.
  • After marathon talks at the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) in Tuvalu, Australia could not reach an agreement on the Tuvalu Declaration made by smaller Pacific countries, one that called for a rapid phase-out of coal.
  • In Tuvalu Mr Morrison reiterated the impact of climate change on Pacific islanders was “real and happening to them right now”.