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Australia burying ‘head in the sand’ on security risks of climate change, former defence official says

Warning comes as Climate Council report finds Australia will not have ‘lasting ’ without addressing

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Australia has its “head in the sand” regarding the national security implications of and should follow the US in spelling out the risks, a former senior Australian defence official says.

Australia’s “strategic weakness” on is also making it harder for the country to be seen as a preferred partner with Pacific Island countries, according to Cheryl Durrant, the defence department’s former head of preparedness.

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