We will follow the conversation on climate issues

Australia’s new Foreign Minister, Senator Penny Wong, is willing to work with Fiji on its challenges and opportunities as they arise. Senator Wong said they would emulate climate change chops.


Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General Henry Puna greets Australian Foreign Minister Senator Penny Wong at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat in Suva on May 26, 2022. Photo: Leon Lord

Australia’s new Foreign Minister, Senator Penny Wong, is willing to work with Fiji on its challenges and opportunities as they arise.

Senator Wong said they would emulate climate change chops.

“It’s a different Australian government and a different Australia.”

“We will be by your side.”

“We understand that we need to work together like never before,” Senator Wong said.

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She was delivering her keynote address at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Cocktail and Reception in Suva last night.

“My country is a founding member of the forum and a membership we cherish.”

“I came here and wanted to say in person on behalf of the new Australian government that we cherish our partnership with the Pacific,” Senator Wong said.

“Thank you for your stewardship of our shared blue Pacific with all its diversity and thank you for being stewards of some of the ancient cultures and languages.

“I know the imperative we share to act.”

“I understand that climate change is not an abstract threat, it is the current and significant threat.”

“We affirm that climate change remains the greatest threat to the peoples of the Pacific.”

“Australia has neglected its responsibility by ignoring the pleas of our Pacific families and disrespecting Pacific nations.”

“With the threats of sea level rise, climate change is being felt in every family in the Pacific.”

“So I assure you we heard you.”

“Australia’s new government will get there by cutting emissions by 43% by 2030.”

“We are committed to transitioning to a low-carbon economy by switching to cleaner energy.”

“We must end the war on climate change in our countries.”

Senator Wong has just returned from the Quad Leaders meeting in Tokyo, where the strategic security dialogue between Australia, India, Japan and the United States.

Fiji is his second international commitment after his appointment on Monday.

Today she will meet with Fijian women leaders at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva, hosted by the Australian High Commission.

She will also meet Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

She’s leaving the country tonight.
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Teresa H. Sadler