A row has erupted over the ABC's role in the Pacific after Scott Morrison mocked Labor's plan to use the public broadcaster to help shore up Australia's influence in the region.
Labor has accused Mr Morrison of wanting Chinese state-owned media beamed into households in the Pacific, in the latest round of the foreign policy fight which has consumed the federal election campaign.
The opposition on Tuesday announced a strategy to "restore" Australia's place as the partner of choice for Pacific nations, as it seeks to capitalise on the government's failure to thwart the China-Solomon Islands security pact.
The eight-point plan includes increasing funding to ABC International to expand transmission and help deliver more Australian television, radio and online content to audiences in the Pacific, as well as southeast Asia and South Asia.
An Albanese government would also increase training for Pacific journalists and enhance partnerships with broadcasters in the region.
Mr Morrison was quick to mock the proposal, which he said was the only measure in Labor's plan which the Coalition wasn't already doing.
"They think the way to solve the problem in the Solomon Islands is to send in the ABC," he told Sydney's 2GB on Tuesday morning.
"I mean, it's farcical, with their answer to solving the Solomon Islands problem is to have [debate show] Q&A in Honiara."
Mr Morrison doubled down on his comments at a press conference in Townsville, comparing Labor's proposal to the government sending in federal police officers when riots broke out in the Solomon Islands capital Honiara last year.
"I sent in the AFP, the Labor Party wants to send in the ABC," he told reporters.
"When it comes to their Pacific solution, They have a Q&A solution."
Labor's Pacific spokesman, Pat Conroy, said the investment was designed to fill a void he claimed was being filled by Chinese-state media.
Responding to Mr Morrison's comments, Mr Conroy said: "Unlike Mr Morrison, Labor wants Australian voices in the Pacific not the voices of the Chinese Communist Party".
"Labor wants Australian voices broadcasting the Pacific, not voices of the Chinese Communist Party, which is clearly what Mr Morrison wants."
Dan covers federal politics from Parliament House, with a special focus on climate policy and the NDIS. He has previously reported on ACT politics and urban affairs since joining the Canberra Times in 2018.
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