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US shutdown has repercussions for its Pacific territories

US shutdown has repercussions for its Pacific territories

Updated 2 October 2013, 9:17 AEST

The US government has been shut down after a stand-off between Republicans and Democrats over president Barack Obama's signature healthcare reform.

The shutdown came after the Republican-controlled House of Representatives would not pass spending measures for government operations unless Mr Obama watered down his healthcare reforms.

The shutdown means US government departments will close, forcing as many as 800,000 government employees to take unpaid leave and one million to work without pay.

To take a look at what it means for Pacific territories, Campbell Cooney spoke to political scientist, Professor Colin Moore from the University of Hawaii.

Presenter: Campbell Cooney

Speaker: Professor Colin Moore, political scientist from the University of Hawaii

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Campbell Cooney

Campbell Cooney

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Campbell joined the ABC in 1997 and has been reporting as Radio Australia’s Pacific Correspondent since 2006.

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