Labor senator Penny Wong has criticised the Government's performance at the Pacific Islands Forum, saying it showed “no credibility” on climate.

Regional leaders, including Australia and New Zealand, last week held lengthy talks in the tiny Pacific nation of Tuvalu for this year's Pacific Islands Forum, eventually reaching an agreement on a statement on climate change and a communique early this morning.

They could not reach agreement on the Tuvalu Declaration made by smaller Pacific countries, instead drafting a separate Kainaki II Declaration, with different terms on coal use and emissions reduction.

The finished communique comes with a qualification that means the leaders do not support all of the declaration from the smaller nations.

Speaking on Insiders, Ms Wong said the Prime Minister's behaviour at the summit also hurt Australia's relationship with pacific nations, especially in light of disparaging comments made by Michael McCormack.

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