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An impossible choice: what does the world owe the Pacific?
In the final episode of our three-part series, we speak to Pacific politicians fighting it out with much larger, wealthier and more heavily polluting countries on the world stage; Pacific leaders facing the gargantuan task of attempting to relocate entire villages, infrastructure and even burial grounds as communities are threatened; and legal experts about what options Pacific countries have for compensation, to find out what the future is for the Pacific in the face of the climate crisis
An impossible choice: leave your island or fight to stay?
In the second part of our special podcast series, we travel across the Pacific to islands in Papua New Guinea where people are being forced to leave due to rising sea levels, and to the tiny nation of Tuvalu where people are fighting to remain. We speak to islanders who have been forced to make devastating decisions due to a climate crisis not of their making ‘My father will go down like the captain of the Titanic’: life on the Pacific’s disappearing islands An impossible choice: when climate change arrives at your door – podcast In Samoa we are born into land, climate change threatens to take it away from us
An impossible choice: when climate change arrives at your door
In the first episode of this three-part series, we look at how families, communities and Pacific leaders are facing huge decisions about the future of their islands and trying to figure out if they can stay on their land – land that defines their identity, on which their ancestors are buried – or whether they’ll be forced to leave In Samoa we are born into land – climate change threatens to take it away from us An impossible choice: leave your island or fight to stay? – podcast ‘My father will go down like the captain of the Titanic’: life on the Pacific’s disappearing islands
Why was Tony Abbott in Taiwan?
In the first week of October, China flew warplanes into Taiwan’s air defence zone more than 100 times, leading Taiwanese officials to say tensions were at their worst in 40 years. Subsequently, Australia’s former prime minister Tony Abbott arrived in Taipei and delivered a controversial speech which China’s embassy in Canberra labelled a ‘despicable and insane performance’. Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to foreign affairs and defence correspondent Daniel Hurst about why Abbott went to Taiwan, and what this moment means for Australia’s approach to conflict in the Indo-Pacific
Australia’s continued love affair with coal
As the world begins to move away from coal, with more countries vowing to be coal-free by 2030, Australia stands in stark contrast. The federal environment minister Sussan Ley recently approved four new coal projects in one month. This is despite a recent federal court ruling that the minister has a duty to protect children from the climate crisis. Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to barrister Chris McGrath and environment reporter Lisa Cox about how and why these coal projects were approved – and the future of Australia’s relationship with coal
How Australia’s vaccine rollout overlooked people with disabilities
A draft report from the disability royal commission found the federal health department’s approach to the vaccination rollout has been ‘seriously deficient’, having overlooked people with disabilities in favour of aged care residents. Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to David Belcher, a disability advocate and city council member in Lake Macquarie, about the difficulty he faced in accessing a Covid-19 vaccination. And inequality editor Luke Henriques-Gomes talks about the failures of the Australian government in protecting some of its most vulnerable populations