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New Caledonia again votes ‘no’ – tension in the air

  • October 5th, 2020
  • Posted by EU Australia

Two expectations marked the lead-up to the independence referendum in New Caledonia on Sunday (4.10.20): that it was likely to be another ‘no’, and bad feeling was set to follow.

In the event the ‘no’ vote against independence won with 53.26%, down on the result in 2018, when it was 56.7%. … Read More »

New Caledonia voting again – tension in the air

  • October 2nd, 2020
  • Posted by EU Australia

Two expectations have marked the lead-up to the independence referendum in New Caledonia on Sunday (4.10.20): that it is likely to be another no, and that bad feeling is set to follow.

The two sides have dramatised their differences, political and cultural, in the kinds of events they have put on in the last week to finalise their referendum campaigns. … Read More »

Christchurch attack: shaky minds, guns and the internet

  • March 19th, 2019
  • Posted by EU Australia

The shooting outrage in New Zealand on Friday put a focus on anti-immigration, anti-Moslem ethno-nationalist movements in many Western countries – but it’s a question whether it will break their support.

Lee Duffield joins in the drive to find explanations for a surge of barbarism this century reaching even into the peaceful streets of Christchurch. … Read More »

Wild World

  • February 12th, 2019
  • Posted by EU Australia

Lee Duffield looks at floods, fires and blizzards this week, in a time of climate change …

 The Northern Australian city of Townsville with some 20% of its suburban zones under water until the weekend might now be a model for the world, for possible climate change impacts and handling them. … Read More »

Christmas again

  • December 24th, 2018
  • Posted by EU Australia

Winding down at year’s end is bringing the traditional mix of devotional observances, silly season and anxiety about what’s likely to come next.

Lee Duffield writes. … Read More »

APEC Wars: No communique of idiocy

  • November 26th, 2018
  • Posted by EU Australia

People of the Pacific states got money out of this month’s summit of the APEC organisation – Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation – but might have felt walked-over in the scrum for power.

Lee Duffield reports the Pacific is a new discovery of the 21-member inter-governmental free trade forum, set up on the initiative of Australia’s Hawke – Keating government in 1989. … Read More »

New Caledonia: Referendum signals start of a new campaign

  • November 5th, 2018
  • Posted by EU Australia

The no vote on Sunday’s independence referendum in New Caledonia came close enough for Kanak independence leaders to say they can fight again.

Lee Duffield says that result might also be sweet enough both to damp down anger in the Kanak community, and cut down bravado and cockiness on the other side. … Read More »

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