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Re-vamping the Pacific: will Australia ‘step up’ or ‘step out’?

29 April 2022

9:00 AM

29 April 2022

9:00 AM

In 2014, I wrote a short piece on the Pacific Islands that found its way, surprisingly, across the globe and into the Bangladeshi Independent newspaper.

It was provocatively titled, Should sinking islands in the South Pacific worry us?

My argument wasn’t that sinking islands shouldn’t worry us – but rather, that they should. My thesis at the time posited that Climate Change – specifically the search for a grand international emissions agreement – was becoming a mechanism to eclipse or ‘cover over’ the multitude of domestic sustainability issues at the feet of Pacific Island leaders.

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