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Fair go for Timor
Timor Sea Justice Campaign - September 3, 2016
The East Timorese people have long held a special place in Australian hearts. Now, they need a hand to secure what is rightfully theirs and to secure their future prosperity.
Great riches – oil, gas and more – are buried in the sea between Timor and Darwin, and the Australian Government is claiming far more than its fair share.
As a result, our Government is robbing fledgling Timor Leste of billions of dollars – future revenue to fund schools, hospitals and essential infrastructure.
This week, Australia and East Timor are sitting down to "conciliate" at the United Nations Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. It didn't start well: Australia's opening remarks rejected the jurisdiction of the international commission!
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is counting on Australians not paying attention. We need to prove her wrong. It's time to set up a clever and sustained campaign to raise awareness and fight for a fair go for Timor.
Please chip in today with a small donation so we can:
For decades, tens of thousands of us campaigned in solidarity with the East Timorese people, raising awareness of their plight under Indonesian occupation. Since independence thousands more have helped to build a safe and prosporous East Timor. It's time for us to step again.
Last time our Government "negotiated" with Timor, it kindly offered to renovate the Parliament Building while ASIS secretly installed listening devices in the Timor Cabinet room. The Australian Government needs to know: this time we're watching them!
Now is the moment. Even though it is non-binding, the UN conciliation is a chance to shine a global spotlight on Australia's unfair behaviour. We need to apply equal pressure here at home.
Let's make the Government finally do the right thing by East Timor and establish permanent maritime boundaries in accordance with international law.
For the Timorese people – who have been rallying outside our Embassy in Dili – negotiating a permanent boundary between our two countries is about much more than money. It's also about fairness, justice and their destiny as a proud independent nation. It should be the same for us.
Here's to a prosperous Timor, and an Australia of which we can be proud.
Chip in now: Support the Timor Sea Justice Campaign
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