Alarm sounded on Australia's falling south Pacific influence

Harley Dennett
By Harley Dennett
Updated June 29 2021 - 11:43pm, first published April 27 2021 - 2:01pm
Cold war attitudes and empty climate promises from Australia have pushed south Pacific leaders towards China. Picture: Shutterstock

Australia now has the lowest levels of influence and authority in the south Pacific since the mid-1980s, despite out-investing China in the region at a rate of more than four to one, a top international relations expert says.

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Harley Dennett

Harley Dennett

Senior Political Reporter

I'm the federal politics bureau chief for the Canberra Times, via a career that's taken me from rural Victoria to Washington DC. Telling the stories of my local LGBTI community brought me to journalism, where I've covered seven federal budgets, four national elections, Defence, public service and international governance.

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