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Kiribati President says Australia can't back away from leadership on climate change

Kiribati President says Australia can't back away from leadership on climate change

Updated 4 October 2013, 9:34 AEST

The President of Kiribati Anote Tong has raised concerns about how the new Australian government is dealing with climate change.

Since being sworn into office, the conservative coalition in Australia, has wrapped up groups like the Climate Commission, begun work repealing the carbon tax, and has given indications it's prepared to listen to those who question the science that has long forecast rising sea levels and warming temperatures. The Australian Government has also announced a major cut in its foreign aid spending.

Last week at the United Nations' General Assembly in New York, President Tong was one of a number of Pacific and other small island state leaders who called on the developed world to take climate change seriously and, once again, give the issue the prominence they feel it deserves.

But President Tong says it's worrying when countries like Australia, appear to be backing away from the issue.

Presenter: Campbell Cooney

Speaker: Anote Tong, President of Kiribati

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