Topic archives: Pacific Islands

There are problems with foreign aid, but Bishop has solved none of them

There are problems with foreign aid, but Bishop has solved none of them

June 25, 2014 2

An "overhaul" of Australia's foreign aid program is largely not new, and fundamentally fails to address the difficult questions on how to make aid more effective. Aid analyst Thulsi Narayanasamy unpacks the policy.

Direct Action in Oz, but no help for Pacific islands struggling with change

Direct Action in Oz, but no help for Pacific islands struggling with change

January 9, 2014 4

The Abbott government has quietly cut funding to Pacific islands struggling with the impact of climate change. Nic Maclellan, a correspondent for Islands Business in Fiji, reports.

‘Now it is too late’: bracing for Pacific climate displacement

‘Now it is too late’: bracing for Pacific climate displacement

January 8, 2014 12

The impact of climate change means it's probably too late to save islands in the Solomons. So where will thousands of villagers go? Catherine Wilson reports on the looming displacement crisis.

Voices from the Pacific in Copenhagen

December 15, 2009

Anna Rose shares the words of 11 young people from the Pacific currently attenting the climate summit in Copenhagen. For them, climate change is already having a real effect on their everyday lives, and the future is looking increasingly bleak.

Never mind the Pacific Islands, who will save our beach houses from global warming?

October 28, 2009

The media swarmed all over a Parliamentary report yesterday about the threat posed by rising sea levels -- to those who live in multi-million-dollar beachfront properties. No word on our island neighbours whose entire countries are beachfront properties, notes Bernard Keane.

What’s happened to all the Pacific seasonal workers?

October 26, 2009 1

If the Rudd government is serious about regional economic integration, it must address the link between labour mobility and development in the islands region, writes Nic Maclellan.

How we discouraged Pacific Islands from tough emissions stance

How we discouraged Pacific Islands from tough emissions stance

September 21, 2009 6

The extent to which the Rudd Government prevented small island states most at risk from climate change from voicing their support for tough carbon reduction targets has been confirmed in a leaked document.

Yes bwana: how Australia called the shots at small islands forum

August 13, 2009 2

Here is the analysis of the PIF from Shirley Atatagi - climate political advisor for Greenpeace in the Pacific.

Australia gets grubby at PIF

Australia gets grubby at PIF

August 11, 2009

Australia and New Zealand's corrupt and underhanded means of getting their way inside the Pacific Islands Forum carries the stench of colonialism, says Greenpeace's Shirley Atatagi.

Damn the Pacific: Australia gags its island neighbours

August 7, 2009 9

Australia used its muscle at the Pacific Islands Forum to ensure the meeting's climate change targets matched Kevin Rudd's.

Rudd’s dilemma at the Pacific Island Forum

August 6, 2009

Pacific leaders are meeting in Cairns today for the Pacific Island Forum, and climate change should be a top priority. But expect some heavy diplomatic manoeuvrings from Kevin Rudd behind the scenes to keep climate off the agenda and real emission cuts off the table.

Special report: In the Pacific, they’re not waving, they’re drowning

August 5, 2009 10

On the eve of this week's Pacific Islands Forum, Oxfam released a report stating that 75 million people in Asia and the Pacific are likely to be displaced by climate change by 2050.

Humans causing the “sixth extinction” of species

Humans causing the “sixth extinction” of species

July 30, 2009

Australia, New Zealand and Pacific islands are likely to become the "extinction hot spots" of the globe, mainly thanks to the human destruction and degradation of ecosystems.

The rising tide

July 30, 2009

King tides and storm surges have always been a fact of life for people living on islands in the Torres Strait, but new areas are being inundated. Andrew Bartlett reports from a meeting on Australia's flooded neighbours.