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Timor Sea Justice Campaign ­ eNewsletter, 14th April 2005.



The next round of maritime boundary negotiations between the Australian and East Timorese Governments, have been scheduled to take place in Dili on the 26th, 27th and 28th of April.

The talks are expected to focus on details of the proposed ‘creative solution’ in which the Australian Government has reportedly offered $3-4 billion in return for East Timor postponing its claims of sovereignty for up to 100 years.

A protest will be held by the Timor Sea Justice Campaign outside of Melbourne’s DFAT offices at 2 Lonsdale St on Tuesday the 26th of April at 12 noon. (More info to come.)

Actions are also being planned in the other capital cities.


The next round of Ian Melrose’s ads will be launched next Monday the 18th of April. The ads feature World War 2 veterans who fought in East Timor and are angry about the Australian Government’s stance on the Timor Sea dispute saying it’s a betrayal of the ANZAC spirit. The series of ads will be posted online next week at:

Full page print ads also appeared this week in the Sydney Morning Herald and the Sydney Daily Telegraph. The ads can be viewed online at: and


The Justice and International Mission Unit Synod of Victoria and Tasmania Uniting Church in Australia’s ‘Timor Sea Project Officer’ position has been filled by Annie Feith, Tamas Wells and Kym Holthouse. The new team will be focusing on raising awareness of the issue at a local electoral level through both the church and wider community. The initial focus will be on the electorates listed below, so please let them know if you live in any of these areas and want to be involved.

Their contact details are:
(Menzies, Deakin, Casey, Aston, Mallee, Indi and McMillan.)
(McEwen, Higgins, Kooyong, Wannon, Corangamite, Goldstein, and La Trobe.)
(Dunkley, Flinders, Gippsland, Murray.)


There has been a lot of discussions recently about the true value of the largest field in dispute, Greater Sunrise. In a report published on the Back Door newsletter on East Timor, Geoff McKee shows that, because crude oil prices have climbed dramatically since 2002, the potential government revenue arising from a Sunrise gas project is about four times higher than the figures currently used by the oil companies and others. Visit the link below for more information:


The Timor Sea Justice Campaign, Melbourne meets every two weeks in the Evatt Room of Trades Hall, cnr Lygon and Victoria St, Carlton. The next meeting will be held 6:30 on Wednesday the 27th of April. (A special meeting to organise the April 26th Rally, will be held in the Trades Hall bar next Wednesday the 20th at 6:30pm.)

Australia-East Timor Association (NSW) Monthly Meetings are the fourth Wednesday of each month in Room 318, Level 3, Tower Building, Uni of Technology , Broadway between 6.30pm and 9pm. Contact: Stephen Langford (02) 9331-5986


Our colour brochures are still available to order. Please email if you need copies. A screen formatted version can be found online at:


Channel 7’s sunrise program is currently running a series of segments about East Timor and the gas and oil dispute.

The Dili All Stars are playing at the Bondi Hotel, Sydney, Sat evening 23 April.

Monday 25th April, Anzac Day special, Channel 9 TV Special on WW2 diggers from East Timor and their role in re-construction, A doco from Luke Gosling.

Valhalla Cinema, Glebe Point Road, Glebe, Thursday May 12th from 6-7.30pm. Elaine Briere’s Docos/book launch. (Documentary about East Timor.)

Timor Sea Justice Campaign - Australia


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