ADF on standby to assist Australians stranded in New Caledonia

The Australian Defence Pressure is on standby to assist Australians stranded in New Caledonia, amid rising unrest and riots within the French-ruled territory.

Six individuals have died following the French authorities’s resolution to permit individuals who have lived on the South Pacific island for at the least 10 years to vote in provincial elections.

The indigenous Kanak individuals, and pro-independence teams are protesting the electoral reform, with issues it would dilute their vote.

On Sunday, Overseas Minister Penny Wong stated the federal government was working with French authorities to present help to Australians stranded within the South Pacific islands.

Business flights are at the moment not working from Nouméa’s La Tontouta Worldwide Airport, and a state of emergency has been declared.

A nationwide curfew between 6pm and 6am can also be in place.

“We’re working to assist Australians in New Caledonia,” Ms Wong shared in a put up made on X.

“The Australian Defence Pressure is able to fly, pending business flights resuming.

“French authorities advise the scenario on the bottom is stopping flights. We proceed to pursue approvals.”

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese stated about 300 Australians are at the moment registered with the Division of Overseas Affairs and Commerce (DFAT), and stated the federal government was readily available to ship help.

“The Australian authorities is intently monitoring occasions in New Caledonia, and there are experiences they’re working out of meals and business flights are stopped, business flights stopped a few days in the past,” he advised reporters on Sunday.

“We’re wanting into how we will present help to Australians who’re at the moment in New Caledonia.”

Good Traveller has warned Aussies to rethink journey to New Caledonia over fears protests and political demonstrations “might flip extra violent at brief discover”.

Vacationers have been urged to “train a excessive diploma of warning,” and are urged to keep away from the island’s capital of Nouméa attributable to political unrest, and the chance of journey disruptions and restricted important providers.

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