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A vote to clear the air on independence?

  • July 22nd, 2018
  • Posted by EU Australia

The long-awaited referendum in New Caledonia is approaching quickly.

In the final instalment of a three-part series, Lee Duffield in Noumea assesses some of the options and omens. … Read More »

Who decides in New Caledonia?

  • July 20th, 2018
  • Posted by EU Australia

In this second of three articles from Noumea, Lee Duffield (picture) learns about multi-cultural New Caledonia and the events that led to their referendum on independence now just four months away.

What is the shape of decolonisation in the present time, now long after the rush to independence that went on in countries around the world from 1960 to 1980? … Read More »

Shaping up for New Caledonia’s independence vote

  • July 7th, 2018
  • Posted by EU Australia

Opinion polls are saying electors in the independence referendum set for New Caledonia this year will strongly support staying with France.

Lee Duffield as a correspondent covered the original Paris negotiations on independence 30 years ago.

He says a meticulous deal coordinated by successive French governments has shortened the odds their way, but the sticking point is how the native Kanak people will wear any outcome. … Read More »

Vanuatu : Freedom, Custom and Change …

  • August 17th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

2014 EU PICS SURFHandling the claims of the outside world – matching custom and change – is a way of life for the Ni-Vanuatu, the people of the Pacific Islands republic of Vanuatu. … Read More »

New Caledonia: “Getting ready for independence”

  • July 12th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

rom Lee Duffield –  in the Pacific islands.

Noumea harbourThe mood in New Caledonia, the racially and ethnically divided French territory of the South-west Pacific, is there for the outsider to easily sample.
It has great promise, with a studied accord on getting to some form, or other, of independence; and in other ways it does not feel good. (Picture – Noumea harbour) … Read More »

G20: World economic talks go South

  • February 23rd, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

G20 pic SydneyFinance Ministers of the leading 20 world economies, the G20, ended a meeting in Sydney, 23.2.14, with an agreement adopt a joint target for economic growth over the coming five years. … Read More »

Inequality Off-setting Development Gains- OECD …

  • January 17th, 2013
  • Posted by EUEditor

undp-sellers.jpgGrowing inequality has been registered in all countries in an assessment by the OECD, with the drive for economic development off-set by persistent poverty . … Read More »

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