New Caledonia: the fight for Kanak self-determination
New Caledonia is less than 1500 kilometres from Brisbane but it's essentially a French colony. France is pushing ahead with a referendum on independence despite a COVID surge, hoping to kill off the drive for Kanak liberation. Nic Maclellan is a journalist who specialises in Pacific affairs. He explains the background to the vote, its links to French domestic politics and France's imperialist interests in the Pacific.