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Why the Pacific matters

3 October 2011

Richard Marles, Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs outlines the importance of Australian engagement with the Pacific.

The future of the Pacific matters deeply to Australia – it is our neighbourhood and our roots run deep. Australia is working with the region to help confront significant challenges, most importantly in security, economic development and climate change. The Australian government is making sure that we are equipped to deliver on these priorities in the Pacific through increased aid and political engagement.