ABC "Ideas summit suggests Australia/Pacific confederation"

“Australia’s weekend ideas summit has called for a new partnership with the South Pacific, building towards a confederation or free association between Australia and the Pacific. The recommendation from the summit of 1,000 people was that Australia should start building the confederation with the Pacific micro states. The summit convened by the Australian Government also called for Pacific Islanders to be able to work in Australia, but with the full labour rights and entitlements.”

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