Daniel Goa, Front de Libération Nationale Kanak et Socialiste (FLNKS), New Caledonia
Wednesday 11 July 2018, 4.30-6.30
Location Linkway (Level Four Bridge John Medley Building) University of Melbourne
Since its founding in 1984, the Front de Libération Nationale Kanak et Socialiste (FLNKS) in New Caledonia has been campaigning for independence from France. Under the 20-year transition established by the 1998 Noumea Accord, the French Pacific dependency is moving towards a referendum on self-determination, to be held on 4 November 2018.
What are the implications of this referendum for the indigenous Kanak people of New Caledonia? Join us to hear Daniel Goa, president of Union Calédonienne (UC), the largest member of the FLNKS independence coalition.
Mr. Goa will discuss the FLNKS campaign for the referendum, and how the vote will affect New Caledonia’s relations with Australia and other members of the Pacific Islands Forum. He will also outline the FLNKS proposal for a new republic of Kanaky-New Caledonia and economic options for an independent and sovereign state.