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Podcast: A Pacific-specific approach to regionalism

08 February 2019

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Matthew Dornan is a Visiting Fellow at the Development Policy Centre. He conducts research on a broad range of issues related to aid and economic development in Pacific island countries.

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This week on the pod we take a look at regional cooperation amongst the Pacific Islands and the challenges they face in coordinating policy efforts.

How can Pacific island nations work together better to tackle some of the big issues facing the region, and increase their clout on the global stage? On this week’s Policy Forum Podcast, a panel of experts take a look at economic development, globalisation, non-communicable diseases, and climate change in the region, and the importance of concerted and coordinated efforts in tackling them. Listen here:

This episode brings together three experts on the Pacific Islands:

Matthew Dornan is a Research Fellow and the Deputy Director at the Development Policy Centre in Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University (ANU).

Meg Keen is Associate Professor at the Department of Pacific Affairs at ANU. She is also a senior policy fellow in the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia program at the university.

Colin Tukuitonga has served as Director-General at Pacific Community (SPC) since January 2014. He was formerly the Director of its Public Health Division. He is based at the organisation’s headquarters in Noumea, New Caledonia.

Our presenters for this week’s podcast are:

Jill Sheppard is a political scientist at the School of Politics and International Relations at the ANU.

Martyn Pearce is a presenter for Policy Forum Pod and the Editor of Policy Forum.

Show notes | The following were referred to in this episode:

Policy Forum Pod Facebook group

Franking credits and the Labor Party’s suggested tax reform

Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission

Royal Commission into Australia’s banks

Policy Forum Pod: Australia’s environmental performance review

OECD Environmental Performance Review: Australia 2019

ST Lee Lecture with Colin Tukuitonga

The Framework for Pacific Regionalism (2014)

The Pacific Plan for Strengthening Regional Cooperation and Integration (preceding framework)

Blue Economy theme for Pacific Islands

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton’s comment on climate change in the Pacific Islands

Environment Minister Melissa Price’s comment to former Kiribati president Anote Tong

Press release from Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs on providing safe medicines in the Pacific

Information on tuna fisheries on SPC’s website

Crawford School’s Development Policy degrees

Devpolicy Blog

Stripping away more than a citizenship – Kim Rubenstein on Policy Forum

Greta Thunberg’s speech at Davos

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