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New Australian Foreign Minister Promises To Help Build A Stronger Pacific

In her inaugural address to Pacific Island countries, Senator Wong, said she looked forward to visiting the Pacific soon.
25 May 2022 14:12
New Australian Foreign Minister Promises To Help Build A Stronger Pacific
New Australian Foreign Minister Senator Penny Wong.

Security issues, well-being, climate change, COVID-19 recovery and expanding opportunities for Pacific workers in Australia are on the agenda for newly-elected Australian Foreign Minister Senator Penny Wong.

She was sworn in on Monday alongside Prime Minister Anthony Albanese after the Labor Party defeated former PM Scott Morrison’s conservative government on Saturday.

In her inaugural address to Pacific Island countries, Senator Wong, said she looked forward to visiting the Pacific soon.

“I’ve become Foreign Minister at a time when our region faces unprecedented challenges. But we will face these challenges together and we will achieve our shared aspirations together,” Ms Wong said.

“We want to help build a stronger pacific family. That is why we will do more but we will also do it better. We will listen because we care of what the Pacific has to say.”

The Australian Government, she said was aware that nothing was more central to security and well-being in the Pacific than climate change.

“We’ve heard the Pacific, we will act standing shoulder to shoulder with you as we address the climate crisis,” she said.

“We will also boost Australian assistance to support the regions pandemic recovery and deepen our defence and maritime co-operation.

“And we will work with our Pacific family to expand opportunities for Pacific workers in Australia and improve their working conditions.”

Ms Wong stated that there were more than 24,000 Pacific workers in Australia contributing to vital industries there and sending money home to support their families.

“We will also deliver a first nations policy that weaves the voices of practices of Australia’s indigenous people into our diplomacy and strengthens connections between first nation’s peoples and the blue pacific,” she said.

“Our government is committed to being there for our Pacific family in times of need as you have been there for us.”

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