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Good on you Scott Morrison - PM leads the way on coal at Pacific Islands Forum

Go you good thing Scott Morrison!

It's been a long time since we've had a positive, tangible sign that someone in our government gets it.

Now to exit Paris!

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Scott Morrison stared down Jacinda Ardern and 16 other leaders at the Pacific Island Forum last night, refusing to back a statement that would obligate Australia to end coalmining and go carbon-neutral by 2050.

The Prime Minister was left ­isolated, forcing a “qualification” to the final forum declaration that would otherwise have unanimously agreed to demands by small island nations for “an immediate global ban” on new coalmines and coal-fired power plants.

The forum host, Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga, identified Australia as the outlier, saying he was disappointed with the final communique.

“I think we can say we should have done more work for our ­people,” Mr Sopoaga said.

But Mr Morrison declared: “I’m accountable to the Australian ­people, that’s who I’m accountable for.”


A couple of postcards from The Forum.

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PS - No Pacific Island gathering can be considered complete without the traditional dance of the Bill Shorten.