Nic Maclellan works as a journalist and researcher in the Pacific islands. He is a correspondent for Islands Business magazine (Fiji) and was awarded the Walkley Foundation Sean Dorney Grant for Pacific Journalism in 2020.
As Canberra and Paris repair ties, presenting France as a “Pacific country” would undermine regional independence.
Local leaders – loyalists and independence advocates alike – believe the subs cancelation has coloured the French view.
If the Morrison government is on board with reducing emissions, as it seems to claim, it needs to step up its policies.