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Australia’s unemployment rate plunges to 3.5 per cent; Labor leader wants COVID-19 pandemic leave payments brought back; NSW, Victoria record highest COVID-19 death tally in months; State of emergency declared in Sri Lanka; Coles hikes prices of own-brand milk by up to 60 cents

Anthony Albanese has said the Pacific Islands Forum was a “very successful meeting”.

Speaking from Fiji, Albanese said Australia’s new stance on climate change was “particularly well received”, and that all nations backed Australia’s bid to host the UN Climate Change Conference in 2024.

He said the door is open for Kiribati, which left the forum on the eve of this week’s meeting, to rejoin.

Albanese also spoke about Australia’s relationship with the Solomon Islands after the island nation signed a security deal with China earlier this year.

“I had a good one-on-one meeting with Prime Minister Sogovare yesterday afternoon.

And then I sat next to him at dinner and we talked again today,” he said.

“What we need to do is make sure that regional security issues are looked after by our regional security partners.”


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