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-- Summary of Sydney Timor Sea Justice Campaign petition contents

-- Summary of Melbourne NGO group petition contents

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Petitions on Justice in the Timor Sea


You are invited to sign two petitions aimed at securing East Timorese rights to oil and gas.

In September the Melbourne NGO Group petition will be presented to Australian Prime Minister John Howard and the Timor Sea Justice Campaign (Sydney) petition will be tabled in Parliament.


"We realize that it will take a bi-national campaign, in both East Timor and Australia, to change the position of your [Australian] government. We therefore welcome and highly appreciate the endeavors of Australian people joining the Timor Sea Justice Campaign [http://www.TimorSeaJustice.org] to support us in ... our restoration of independence. As in 1999, when thousands of people in Australia and around the world took to the streets to urge the government to dispatch the Australian soldiers to Timor-Leste, we now once again rely to you to change Australia's position and support justice for the people of Timor-Leste."
(East Timorese) Movement Against the Occupation of the Timor Sea

"Australia is one of the richest countries on earth per head in natural resources. The Australian government's budget for this year is about US$ 125 billion, but the natural gas reserves in Timor-Leste's part of the Timor Sea, which are equal to less than one fifth of Australia's natural gas resources, will bring in about US$30 billion in government revenues over the next five decades. The amount is relatively small compared to Australia's budget, and "greed" is the only word to describe this occupation. Timor-Leste's government budget, on the other hand, is less than US$0.1 billion per year, and losing these revenues will have a tremendous impact on our people."
(East Timorese) Movement Against the Occupation of the Timor Sea

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The complete petitions can be viewed at:
http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/Actions.htm

Go there to print them off and distribute them or to sign on-line.

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Summary of Sydney Timor Sea Justice Campaign petition contents:

Title: Timor Sea Boundaries, Oil & Gas Revenues

"We pray the Senate ensures the Australian Government:

1. negotiates a fair and equitable maritime boundary with Timor Leste according to current international law and the provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS);

2. responds to Timor Leste's request for more regular meetings to settle the maritime boundary dispute ... ;

3. returns Australia to the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice (IJC) and UNCLOS for the adjudication of maritime boundary;

4. commits to hold in trust (escrow) revenues received from disputed areas ... "

Timor Sea Justice Campaign - Sydney
includes
- Mary MacKillop Institute for East Timor Studies,
- AETA (Australian East Timor Association),
- APHEDA (Union Aid Abroad),
- AIDWATCH (Monitoring the Development Dollar),
- ASAP (Action in Solidarity with Asia and the Pacific) and others ...

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Summary of Melbourne NGO group petition contents:

Title: Justice in the Timor

"We ask that the Australian Government:

* Accept the sovereignty of East Timor over the oil and gas deposits which are closer to East Timor than Australia.

* Accept the request of the East Timorese Government to meet monthly to negotiate permanent maritime boundaries ...

* Accept the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice on issues of maritime boundaries ...

* Place in trust (escrow) revenues received from disputed areas ... "

Melbourne NGO group
includes
- Oxfam Community Aid Abroad,
- Pax Christi,
- Anglicare,
- Uniting Church Social Justice,
- Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace,
- World Vision,
- AETA (Australian East Timor Association),
- ACTU (Australian Council of Trade Unions) and others ...

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The complete petitions can be viewed at:
http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/Actions.htm

Go there to print them off and distribute them or to sign on-line.

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Other Events in Australia

All events, including details: http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/events.htm

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Melbourne:

East Timor State of the Nation
-Women and Children & Maritime Boundaries
Mrs. Kirsty Sword Gusmao
in conversation with Rev. Tim Costello
Friday 6th August 2004, 11:30 - 12:30pm
Melbourne Town Hall-The Yarra Room
Janelle Saffin, Secretary of Alola 0418 664001
Media Contact Paul Cleary 0431 055 584

Five years after the Independence Ballot
- what does the future hold?

Public forum with Dr Jose Ramos Horta
8.00 pm Friday 13 August
Hawthorn Town Hall
360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn
Details 0439 555 291

An Australia-Timor Association &
Australia-Western Sahara joint seminar:
- Alternative Narratives of War -
'Resources & independence:
parallels between East Timor and Western Sahara'

Thursday 19th August 2004 at 7:30 pm
Institute of Post Colonial Studies
78-80 Curzon Street, North Melbourne
Alex Tilman(FRETILIN), Dr Helen Hill(AETA),
Kamal Fadel(POLISARIO Front), Kwame Mfodwo(Monash)
AETA: Ph 61 3 9416 2960 aetamel@aetamel.org

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Sydney:

Five Years On –
A serious celebration of independent East Timor

Featuring:
* Film and video session,
* Forum: Local Government & Community Initiatives
inside East Timor,
* Teach-in on the Timor Sea Oil and Gas Issue and
* Referendum Day Anniversary Party
Monday 30 August
Films 2pm, Forum 4pm, Teach-in 6pm, Party 8-10pm
Leichhardt Town Hall, 107 Norton St, Leichhardt
Details/offers of support: Jeff Lee (02)9519 4788

Sydney Rally in Hyde Park North
(as part of National Mobilisation)
for Timor Sea Justice Campaign

Sunday September 19th, 1pm
Justice John Dowd is a confirmed speakers
this rally may be put back a fortnight to
Sunday September 5th, 1pm
To Confirm ring Peter Jennings or
Jo Broughton-Dent at APHEDA 02 9264-9343

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Possible National event:
(Timor Sea Justice Campaign)

Monday 20th September
Sydney & Melbourne people may travel to Canberra
for a National picket of the next Round of the
start of Timor Leste-Australia talks over the
Timor Gap Maritime Boundaries.
To Confirm ring Peter Jennings or
Jo Broughton-Dent at APHEDA 02 9264-9343


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