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RAROTONGA, Cook Islands (September 18, 1997 - PACNEWS)---Pacific island nations have been told to strongly reject Australia's chief climate change advisor Dr. Brian Fisher's comment that it may be more efficient to evacuate sinking islands than to require industrial countries like Australia to reduce their "greenhouse gas" emissions.

The recommendation was made by Dr. Clive Hamilton, who is the Executive Director of the Australian Institute "think tank" in Canberra, and a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University.

Hamilton is at the South Pacific Forum meeting in Rarotonga at the invitation of the Cook Islands non-government organization "Taporopura Ikutea Society."

He told journalists in the Cook Islands capital that arguments claiming Australia would be especially hit hard by mandatory emissions reduction targets have no basis in economic facts.

Hamilton says economic modeling by the US government shows Australia would be less affected than Europe and Japan, by proposed worldwide emission control targets.

The matter will be given full consideration at December's international climate summit meeting in Kyoto, Japan.

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