Australia should step up support to small island nations, says development expert
James Batley of the Australia National University (ANU) Development Policy Centre has suggested that development partners may have to step up migration access from small island states. If Australia is to fulfill its claims to regional leadership, he argues, then it has a responsibility to work with the Pacific Island States of Nauru, Tuvalu, and Kiribati to help identify sustainable solutions for the future. All three nations face challenges of being small and far from other countries, which limit opportunities for their economic growth, for private investment, and for generation of government revenue. Insufficient transport and internet connectivity also impede development and growth. On top of this, climate change and overcrowding increasingly threaten the islands.