Tension around China's spread in the Pacific was clear at this year's forum, but not even that could distract from Australia's climate change and refugee controversies.
Good morning, early birds. Reports of repeated attacks on Brisbane mosques. Plus, a new security agreement for the Pacific region has all eyes on China. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.