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"In summary, 'despite the disingenuous approach taken by Australia towards East Timor over the period of the Indonesian occupation, it remained a thorn in the side of successive Australian governments'.

It was a thorn well deserved."

Dan Flitton


Note The text of the report can be found at:
http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/committee/fadt_ctte/index.htm.
The Age

Wednesday 20 December 2000

Comment:

Guilty as charged: the Timor verdict

By DAN FLITTON

Largely unnoticed among the publicity splash produced by the release of the Defence White Paper, another significant parliamentary report recently entered the public domain. The Senate committee inquiry into Australia's East Timor diplomacy presented its final report, a history of a dark episode in our foreign policy.

Commissioned in late 1998, the inquiry was extended after the post-ballot violence that engulfed East Timor in September 1999. Its report records how successive Australian governments appeased Indonesia at the expense of East Timor's peace and independence.

Among its most interesting findings, the committee reports:
 

In summary, "despite the disingenuous approach taken by Australia towards East Timor over the period of the Indonesian occupation, it remained a thorn in the side of successive Australian governments".

It was a thorn well deserved.

Dan Flitton is an associate lecturer in international relations at Deakin University.

E-mail: flitton@deakin.edu.au


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