Asia-Pacific

Australia making the Pacific cool

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has visited an Australian-funded air conditioning training college in Fiji.

Australia has been making the Pacific cool for 13 years.

In 2006 Australia funded a training school in Fiji, creating a pipeline of air conditioning installers who have spread across the Pacific islands.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited the Australia Pacific Training Coalition campus in Suva on Friday, where he learned how to install an air con unit.

"I might get my ticket," he joked to the students.

More than 12,000 trainees have gone through the college since 2006, including 3500 Fijians, across a wide range of vocational training courses.

The cool air in the campus provided a welcome relief for Mr Morrison and his diplomats, who had earlier sweated their way through a rugby league announcement in the stifling heat and humidity.

Mr Morrison also announced an $84 million, six-year funding package to help the University of South Pacific train teachers across the 12 nations involved in the institution.

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