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 The smorgasbord menu at Tuvalu—meat pie or Peking Duck

13.08.19.  Santa Claus Morrison arrived in Tuvalu, 11,000 population, 1,500 employed, GDP $39million. You know the place that’s sinking, or is it sea levels rising, with his toy sack bulging with a $500million donation mostly taken from Australian pensioners living below the poverty line.
Sporting his sanctimonious santa hat names will be called out and like fat slobs they will waddle up to santa for their gift. On the smorgasbord for lunch, however, there is an old kerosene tin full of cold Sargents meat pies and a bottle of tomato sauce already ‘sucked’ by Kevin Rudd and at the other end of the table is a giant salver of Peaking Ducks doing aerial acrobatic tricks—no fortune cookies though. And nothing for our suffering farmers.
Scott Morrison will announce $500 million in climate change ­funding when he meets regional leaders in Tuvalu this week, in a bid to rescue his Pacific “step-up” from mounting anger over Australia’s domestic emissions policies. 

Source: Ben Packham, News Corp

Morrison to give $500m in climate change funds to Pacific

The funding will be used to protect communities and infrastructure from rising seas and wor­sening storms, help nations ­recover after natural disasters and ensure local health services are better equipped to respond to changing needs.
The package will provide $500m in funds over five years from next year and is aimed at ­encouraging Pacific nations to ­invest in renewable energy as well as ­climate and disaster resilience.
The Prime Minister, who ­arrives in Tuvalu tomorrow for the Pacific Islands Forum, is facing a growing backlash from Pacific ­nations over emissions, with Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama yesterday branding climate change an “existential threat” to island nations and urging a rapid end to Australia’s reliance on coal.
His comments followed those of Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga on Sunday, who warned Mr Morrison’s standing among Pacific leaders was on the line over the climate change issue. But Mr Morrison said Australia was working to address its own emissions and would work with Pacific nations to help them cope with the impacts of global warming.
“The Pacific is our home, which we share as a family of nations. We’re here to work with our Pacific partners to confront the potential challenges they face in the years ahead,” Mr Morrison said yesterday.
“Australia is doing our part to cut global emissions and our Climate Solutions Package sets out to the last tonne how we will meet our 2030 target that will see us halve emissions per person and reduce the emissions intensity of our economy by two-thirds.
“The fact Australia leads the world in per capita investment in clean energy, we have the world’s most successful green bank in the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and that we’re on track to have around a quarter of our electricity needs met by renewables by 2020, all underscores the work underway to reduce our global emissions.”
The $500m in funding, which will be delivered as grants rather than loans, will be drawn from elsewhere in the aid program and adds to $300m earlier committed by Malcolm Turnbull to address Pacific climate change resilience.
Mr Morrison said his commitments to support the Pacific highlighted the “meaningful action” the government had taken to live up to its role as a signatory of the Boe Declaration last year that outlined the threat climate change posed to the Pacific.
The Pacific “step-up” is one of the Prime Minister’s key priorities amid rising Chinese influence in the region and calls from the US for Australia to play a “great power leadership role” in its strategic backyard. Foreign Minister Marise Payne said the new package would ­ensure children were safer in their schools and that farmers and business people could have more ­assured access to markets, while households would have cheaper and more reliable renewable ­energy.

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  • Pensioner Pete 13/08/2019, 6:18 am

    Perhaps our pollies could save quite a few quid by reading some scientific information about the climate and sea levels provided here: https://ytemagazine.com/w-d-gann-inigo-jones-sunspot-cycles-david-burton/

    I am waiting for the ocean to rise 186 metres so I may have the seaside home I have always thought about just before the lotto draw, after reading the scientific explanation in the above link, I am afraid my dream of living by the sea without moving camp, has been destroyed, forever.

    A worry is the forecast of another two years of drought, not happy Jan!

    • Botswana O'Hooligan 13/08/2019, 7:57 am

      When at the old selection that was 65 feet above the Brisbane River level, and is still there as of yesterday and still 65 feet above river level, I emailed the local member who was on about sea level rise and enquired if a grant was available for me to construct a small jetty and mooring facilities in the front yard so that once the river rose local mooring and wharfage would be available as a public service. He never did reply.

      • Ex ADF 13/08/2019, 7:11 pm

        Great comment!

  • TL46 13/08/2019, 8:14 am

    Hay, Mr Prime Minister, how about slinging 50K towards our Rural Fire Brigade, we need a Fire Shed. If this climate change stuff is for real, our rural communities will need extra protection from bush fires and wild weather.

    • TommyGun 13/08/2019, 4:48 pm

      Morrison doing what he does best: BROWN-NOSING!

  • Lorraine 13/08/2019, 9:06 am

    another $500 million wasted

    • C. Paul Barreira 13/08/2019, 10:25 am

      Quite so. Curious, is it not, that this sort of blackmail is so easy. But then The PM is using not one cent of his own money but that of others who have no choice in the matter. Handy, too, that the coalition could go to the recent federal election with no policies, revealing them later as circumstances permit.

  • Aktosplatz 13/08/2019, 9:50 am

    There is no evidence that the seas are rising,so you’re lying, Morrison

  • Cliff 13/08/2019, 9:58 am

    I think the attitude of the leadership the ‘sinking’ pacific islanders towards Australia couple be epitomised by the phrase: “Never give a sucker an even break.” Or “There’s a sucker born every minute – and they’re all called Bruce.”

    ‘Bruce’ aka Scott Morrison.

    The Pacific Islanders are playing us for suckers using the Chinese dragon as the boogey man. And it’s working. A half billion dollars a time.

  • JK. 13/08/2019, 10:01 am

    Oh dear and we voted for this turkey,

  • Albert 13/08/2019, 10:19 am

    That most of the worlds governments, academics and bureaucrats, including those of the pacific islands, have been so easily led to mass lunacy is astounding. However, Malcolm Morrison (Turnbull Mk II ) is a sly bugger and there is more to his double-dealing shenanigans than meets the eye.

    • Elizabeth 13/08/2019, 1:54 pm

      I agree 100%. No politician will stand up for hard working Australians, that have worked hard for 60 odd years and receive a poultry pension.

      • TommyGun 13/08/2019, 4:49 pm

        Is that “poultry pension” 1 chicken every week?

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