Australia-Tuvalu falepili union 'shameful' - former Tuvalu PM
Former PM of Tuvalu, Enele Sopoaga, has written that the people of Tuvalu were never consulted about the Australia-Tuvalu falepili initiative nor was it ever raised in Parliament. It is not a climate change response. It is ceding Tuvalu sovereignty to Australia. It reverses Tuvalu political status to that of 45 years ago. Read more from RNZ International Pacific News.
In another story, Enele Sopoaga vows to says he will scrap the Australia-Tuvalu Falepili Union treaty if elected to lead government in the upcoming election. Read more from RNZ International Pacific News.
Australia has responded to criticism of the agreement by saying it allows both parties to achieve 'shared interests'. Read more from RNZ International Pacific News.