Fijian leader urges Oz to do more on climate change

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – Fiji’s prime minister has used a state visit to urge Australia to take more ambitious actions to slash greenhouse gas emissions.

Voreqe Bainimarama said in a speech at the Australian Defence College yesterday that he hopes Fiji and Australia can “find more common ground” on climate change. Fiji and other Pacific island nations are particularly vulnerable to climate change.

Bainimarama’s visit comes as Australia’s centre-left opposition mulls abandoning its policy of reducing Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions by 45 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s conservative coalition won a surprise third term in May elections with a commitment to reduce emissions by 26 per cent to 28 per cent in the same time frame.

Bainimarama met Morrison at Parliament House yesterday.