Cecily McNeill | 10 October 2018
Australia’s drought situation has become extreme and life-threatening in the 230 years since European settlement destroyed Aboriginal pasture lands. Summers on the continent have grown increasingly hot and dry with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology report for the year so far saying the weather has been “exceptionally dry over the mainland southeast, with significant rainfall deficiencies continuing to affect large areas of eastern Australia
Cecily McNeill | 19 September 2018
Perhaps the timing of the Pacific Islands Forum was difficult for Australia’s new leadership and prime minister Scott Morrison sent new foreign minister Marise Payne to represent him. But this robbed the Pacific leaders of an opportunity to call out Morrison on what they see as the Australian government’s lack of commitment to emissions reductions as their nations start to disappear under rising oceans.
Pacific Island leaders want justice from Australia (and New Zealand) in a concrete commitment to cut carbon emissions.