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Senator Larissa Waters comments on reports that Prime Minister Abbott may be asked to leave the Pacific Islands Forum or face a walkout by other leaders:

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Larissa Waters 8 Sep 2015

"Tony Abbott should feel deeply ashamed when he is at the Pacific Islands Forum this week," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said.

"Pacific nations want Australia to be a leader, not a laggard, on climate action.

"Australia is the biggest polluter per capita and Tony Abbott's plan is to keep it that way. Tony Abbott is even letting companies, especially mining companies, increase their pollution without any penalty.

"Far from the moratorium on new coal mines that low-lying Pacific nations are calling for, Tony Abbott is trying to re-write environment law to suit mining companies and is attacking clean energy.

"Our Pacific neighbours must shake their heads in disbelief and despair at the Minerals Council's embarrassing assertion that "coal is amazing" and Tony Abbott's proclamation that "coal is good for humanity".

"It would be completely understandable if members of the Forum asked Tony Abbott to leave or walked out on this climate dinosaur who is threatening their homes," Senator Waters said.

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