Commentary on France in the South Pacific by Denise Fisher

Commentary on France in the South Pacific by Denise Fisher
A ballot box in Noumea, New Caledonia, during voting in the 2017 French legislative elections (Photo: Fred Payet via Getty) at
Sunday 27 January 2019

ANU Centre for European Studies Visiting Fellow Denise Fisher regularly contributes to commentary on France in the South Pacific. Denise was an Australian diplomat for thirty years, serving in Australian diplomatic missions as a political and economic policy analyst in Rangoon, Nairobi, New Delhi, Kuala Lumpur and Washington DC before being appointed Australian High Commissioner in Harare (1998-2001), accredited to Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Angola and Malawi; then Australian Consul-General in Noumea, New Caledonia (2001-2004). She is the author of France in the South Pacific: Power and Politics (2013).

Commentary by Denise Fisher:

Should Australia focus on the Indo Pacific? Interview on ABC Radio National's The Roundtable, 27 January 2019

New Caledonia's independence referendum: a reminder of realities in the Lowy Institute's The Interpreter, published 8 November 2018

New Caledonia votes to stay with France at this time, but independence supporters take heart on The Conversation, published 5 November 2018

Interview on ABC News 'The World', 3 November 2018

Explainer: New Caledonia's independence referendum, and how it could impact the region on The Conversation, published 2 November 2018. See also the French version of this article

Interview on ABC News, 2 November 2018

Interview on The Wire, 2 Novemer 2018

Quoted on ABC News in this report by Stephen Dziedzic, 1 November 2018

Interview on SBS News in this report by Stefan Armbruster, October 2018

New Caledonia: the independence vote looms in the Lowy Institute's The Interpreter, published 9 October 2018

New Caledonia's independence referendum: what does it mean? Presentation at the Australia Pacific Islands Business Council's 14th Australia-New Caledonia Business Forum on 14 September 2018. Download the PDF below to read Denise's presentation.

New Caledonia: boycotts and blockade in the Lowy Institute's The Interpreter, published 30 August 2018

Australia needs Indo-Pacific clarity in the Asia & the Pacific Policy Society's Policy Forum, published 3 July 2018

ABC Radio National Pacific Beat interview, 11 June 2018


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