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Australian PM proposes an asylum-seeker processing centre in Timor-Leste

Primeira Ministra Australia anunsiu ona ninia intensaun atu harii sentru iha Timor-Leste ba ema ne’ebe buka aziliu iha Australia

Um centro de processamento de refugiados em Timor-Leste?

A collection of articles about Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's proposal to establish a processing centre in East Timor for people seeking asylum in Australia.


August 2010


Link to main Asylum-Seeker Processing Contents page

Wherever possible, we have included links to postings on the east-timor news list: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor. These postings are usually plain text only and are particularly suitable for readers using computers that require small downloads.

Articles are in reverse chronological order. The newest articles appear first.


Tetun:
24 Agostu 2010: Forum Haksesuk:
Harii Sentru Prosesamentu Refujiados: Rai Timor La'os Ilha Eskluziva Entre Nasaun Timor-Leste ho Nasaun Australia

FH: http://forum-haksesuk.blogspot.com/2010/08/harii-sentru-prosesamentu-refujiadus.html
"Proposta hosi Senhora Primeira-Ministra Austrália nian hodi eskolha Timor-Leste sai Sentru Prosesamentu ba Nasaun Austrália nian refujiadus sira, sai hanesan fali Nasaun Timor-Leste ne’e “ilha ekskluziva” entre rai rua Timor-Leste ho Austrália. ... Lae ba Sentru Prosesamentu Refujiadus Austrália nian iha Timor-Leste!" Victor Tavares, Editor Fórum-Haksesuk

24 Aug 2010: news.com.au: Independent MP Rob Oakeshott offers softer refugee stance
news.com.au: http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/independent-mp-rob-oakeshott-offers-softer-refugee-stance/story-e6frfku0-1225909552728
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-08/msg00254.html
"REFUGEE advocates hope independent MP Rob Oakeshott's softer approach to asylum seekers will be a step forward in the way they are treated. Mr Oakeshott, whose support will likely be needed by the major parties to form government, says Australia should avoid exporting its asylum seeker problem to Nauru or East Timor."

22 Aug 2010: Catholic Weekly: Refugees as election issue an ‘abuse of human rights’
CW: http://www.catholicweekly.com.au/article.php?classID=1&subclassID=2&articleID=7287&class=Latest%20News&subclass=CW%20National
"The Mary MacKillop East Timor Mission has deplored the attempt to make asylum seekers an election issue and looks on it as an “abuse of human rights”. “The effort to shelve the problem on to Timorese soil highlights the neglect by successive Australian Governments to educate our population in the obligations we have as signatories to the Convention on Refugees,” said Sr Susan Connelly rsj, assistant director of the mission." Damir Govorcin

22 Aug 2010: Return to Rai Ketak: Prison island and boat people
RRK: http://raiketak.wordpress.com/2010/08/22/prison-island-and-boat-people/
"On the issue of a detention center in East Timor for those seeking asylum in Australia: continued insensitivity by both sides, especially in what relates to the eventual location. One Timorese minister has suggested what he deems to be a “win-win” idea to resolve the impasse – put them on the Island of the Island. ... And so to put it simply: does an independent East Timor want to re-veil Ataúro Island in another “slow fog of agony”?"

20 Aug 2010: ABC Radio Australia: East Timor disappointed over Australian PM's gas field comments
RA: http://www.radioaustralianews.net.au/stories/201008/2989229.htm
"East Timor has expressed deep disappointment in comments from Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, regarding the development of a gas field in the Timor Sea. ... The Timorese Government says the remarks don't lift its confidence in renewed cooperation on Greater Sunrise. Australia's PM Julia Gillard wants to establish a refugee processing centre in East Timor, the Timorese Government says the two issues are separate." Sara Everingham

20 Aug 2010: ABC: Gillard's gas field remarks anger East Timor
ABC: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/08/20/2989265.htm
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-08/msg00197.html
"East Timor has taken exception to comments by Prime Minister Julia Gillard on the development of a gas field in the Timor Sea. ... The East Timorese government says Australia is a close friend but the comments do not lift its confidence in the negotiations. It says Labor's plan for a refugee processing centre in East Timor is an unrelated matter."

Portuguese:
20 de Agosto de 2010: AFP: Debate sobre transformação do país em república divide eleitores na Austrália

Google: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jDMsH_q9YCe_enB8iskBIpNnSxuA
"Em relação à imigração, reviveu o polêmico projeto de criar um centro de detenção de imigrantes no Timor Leste e anunciou o restabelecimento de estudos de demandas de asilo por parte de refugiados de Sri Lanka, que haviam sido suspensos pelo antecessor."

20 Aug 2010: Timor News Line: Atauro Island residents reject Australia’s proposal
Radio Televisaun Timor Leste
TNL: http://www.timornewsline.com/
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-08/msg00226.html

20 Aug 2010: The Diplomat: Downer: Nauru or Never for Refugees
TD: http://the-diplomat.com/australian-election-2010/diplomat-dispatches/downer-nauru-or-never-for-refugees.html
"Labor faces an embarrassing backdown on its proposed Timor-Leste refugee processing centre, with the party likely to reinstate the so-called ‘Pacific Solution’ of its predecessor Howard government, according to Alexander Downer." Anthony Fensom

19 Aug 2010: east-timor: Timor-Leste News August 19, 2010
Minister Gonsalves convince Australian people
Timor Post, August 19, 2010 language source: Tetun
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-08/msg00180.html

19 Aug 2010: ABC AM: Timor leaves door open for refugee centre
ABC: http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2010/s2987086.htm
"Sara Everingham: East Timor's prime minister Xanana Gusmao is well aware of Australia's election. And on Labor's asylum seeker proposal he's remaining diplomatic.
Xanana Gusmao: I would welcome any detailed plan about the issue. So far we don't have. I understand that it is difficult for the prime ministers or even other people to present right now. They are busy for the elections."
[includes audio interview and transcript]

19 Aug 2010: news.com.au: Gas plant won't be Timor bargaining chip
news.com.au: http://www.news.com.au/world/gas-plant-wont-be-timor-bargaining-chip/story-e6frfkyi-1225907405995
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-08/msg00188.html
"PRIME Minister Julia Gillard says she won't promise Australian backing for a lucrative gas plant to sway East Timor into agreeing to host a regional centre to process asylum seekers. ... The Government of East Timor is keen to have a processing plant located on its territory onshore."

19 Aug 2010: 9 News: Gillard 'in talks' on Timor solution
9: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/election2010/7947725/gillard-wont-bargain-over-gas-plant
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-08/msg00185.html
"Prime Minister Julia Gillard has been in touch with East Timorese authorities on Thursday in her bid to establish a regional refugee processing centre in the island enclave. ... Earlier, Ms Gillard said she would not promise Australian backing for a lucrative gas plant to sway East Timor into agreeing to host the centre. The government of East Timor is keen to have a processing plant located on its territory onshore."


19 Aug 2010: Daily Telegraph: Timorese reject asylum bid by Gillard
DT: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/election/timorese-reject-asylum-bid-by-gillard/story-fn5zm695-1225907044746
"The East Timorese church has called on its Government to respect the wishes of Parliament which in June passed a resolution condemning the plan - and cease negotiations with Australia. "If the Parliament has rejected this proposal, and they are representatives of the people, we should respect this," Father Martinho Gusmao said yesterday." Paul Toohey


19 Aug 2010: Australian: Timor says we're no 'rubbish dump'
Aus: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/timor-says-were-no-rubbish-dump/story-fn59niix-1225907022882
"THE Gillard government's plan for a regional refugee processing centre in East Timor received another major blow yesterday. The plan was condemned by the country's powerful Catholic Church and its armed forces. In separate statements, both organisations expressed strong opposition to Canberra's request." Mark Dodd

19 Aug 2010: Herald Sun: Father Frank Brennan condemns Julia Gillard's East Timor proposal
HS: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/special-reports/father-frank-brennan-condemns-julia-gillards-east-timor-proposal/story-fn5ko0pw-1225907039943
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-08/msg00177.html
"HUMAN rights leader Father Frank Brennan has condemned Julia Gillard's proposal to locate an offshore processing centre in East Timor as "unprincipled and unworkable". ... Father Brennan, director of the Public Policy Institute at the Australian Catholic University, said asylum seekers would make a dangerous rush by sea towards any such facility." Paul Toohey

19 Aug 2010: Australian: Appeals foil boat crackdown

Aus: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/appeals-foil-boat-crackdown/story-fn59niix-1225907051485
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-08/msg00177.html
"JULIA Gillard's hopes of stopping the people-smuggling trade by sending unsuccessful asylum-seekers home are in disarray because of court appeals. About 90 per cent of failed refugees have had their decisions overturned on appeal. ... Opposition to Ms Gillard's proposal for an East Timor regional processing centre also deepened, with East Timor's defence chief, Brigadier General Lere Anan Timor, and one of Dili's most senior Catholic clerics, condemning the proposal." Paul Maley, Paige Taylor

19 Aug 2010: CathNews Asia: East Timor church slams Aus refugee center plan
CNA: http://www.cathnewsasia.com/2010/08/19/east-timor-church-slams-aus-refugee-center-plan/
"East Timor’s Church and military have slammed an Australian government plan for a regional refugee processing centre in the country. In separate statements, both organisations expressed strong opposition to Canberra’s request, reports The Australian. The warnings from the church and the army followed a unanimous resolution against the plan by Timor’s parliament."

19 Aug 2010: 7 News Queensland: Timor ready to discuss asylum centre
7: http://au.news.yahoo.com/queensland/a/-/latest/7787501/timor-ready-to-discuss-asylum-centre/
"East Timor has not shut the door on Labor's plan to establish a regional processing centre for asylum seekers there, with Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao saying he is still prepared to discuss the idea. "What we say is that if there are ideas ... come with these ideas and we can discuss," he told ABC Radio on Thursday."

Tetun:
18 Agostu 2010: CJITL - Centru Jornalista Investigativu Timor Leste: Proposta Refujiado Husi Australia, TL Hein Governu Foun

CJITL: http://cjitl.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1643&Itemid=3
"CJITL flash, Xefi estadu Timor Leste deklara governu Aliansa Maioria Parlamentar (AMP) dadaun ne’e sei hein hela governu foun Australia nian hodi koalia konaba fatin prosesamentu refujiadus Internasional iha rai ida ne’e. Dialogu konaba prosesamentu fatin refujiadu entre governu Australia ho Timor Leste dadaun ne’e paradu tanba governu Australia sei konsentra ba prosesu eleisaun iha nasaun ne’ebe refere."

Tetun:
18 Agostu 2010: Timor Hau Nian Doben: “Sentru Prosesamentu Refujiadus”“Igreja Husu Governu Respeita Desizaun PN”

THND: http://timorhauniandoben.blogspot.com/2010/08/sentru-prosesamentu-refujiadusigreja.html
"Timor Post ... Dili-Parte Igreja husu governu, liliu ministru sira neebe mak iha governu nia laran atu respeita desizaun Parlamentu Nasional (PN) nianneebe, kontra proposta governu Australia nian ba sentru prosesamentu refujiadus iha Timor Leste. Padre Martinho Gusmão hatete too oras nee parte igreja lakoalia konaba asuntu nee tanba reprezetante povu iha Parlamentu kontra tiha ona planu nee." Manuel da Silva/Tomé Amado

Tetun:
18 Agostu 2010: Timor Hau Nian Doben: Ministro Goncalves Labele Reprejenta Nia An

THND: http://timorhauniandoben.blogspot.com/2010/08/ministro-goncalves-labele-reprejenta.html
"Timor Post Editorial ... Dili - Bainhira halo Vizita ofisial ba Australia iha semana kotuk, Ministru Ekonomi no Dezenvolvimentu Joao Goncalves fo komentariu kontroversi ida ba publiku Australia kona-ba sujestaun Primeiru Ministru Australia Gulia Gillard nian hodi harii sentru refujiadu internasional iha Timor Leste."

18 Aug 2010: Timor Hau Nian Doben: “Refugee Porcessing Centre”; “Church asks Government to Respect Decision of the National Parliament”
THND: http://timorhauniandoben.blogspot.com/2010/08/refugee-porcessing-centre-church-asks.html
"Timor Post ... Dili – The Church has asked the government, especially the ministers in the government to respect the decision of the National Parliament (PN) which is against the proposal by the Australian government to establish a refugee processing centre in Timor-Leste. Father Martinho Gusmao said that the church has not made any public statements up to now because it was already being covered by the opposition to the plan by peoples’ representatives in the Parliament." Manuel da Silva/Tome Amado

Tetun:
17 Agostu 2010: Timor Hau Nian Doben: “PSD La Apoiu Atauro Sai Fatin Refujiadu” João Gonçalves, “Hau Koalia Off The Record”

THND: http://timorhauniandoben.blogspot.com/2010/08/psd-la-apoiu-atauro-sai-fatin-refujiadu.html
"Timor Post ... Dili-Partido Sosial Demokrata (PSD) iha Parlamentu la apoiu deklarasaun Ministru Ekonomi i Dezenvolvimentu João Gonçalves atu Atauro sai Fatin refujiadu maibe Joao Gonçalves rasik hatete ninia deklarasaun ba Radio Australia nee ninia pontu de vista no off the record."

Tetun:
17 Agostu 2010: Timor Hau Nian Doben: “Refujiadus Australia” Carrascalão “Kontra MED Gonsalves”

THND: http://timorhauniandoben.blogspot.com/2010/08/refujiadus-australia-carrascalao-kontra.html
"Timor Post ... Dili-Vice Primeiru Ministru (PM) Mario Viegas Carrascalão hasai deklarasaun kontra Ministru Ekonomia i Dezenvolvimentu (PED) João Gonsalves ne’ebé hateten Atauro bele sai fatin refujiadus, tamba tuir Carrascalão nia la konkorda. “Hau la konkorda ho ida ne’e i hotu-hotu bele konkorda, maibe hau sei nafatin la konkorda, Atauro sai ona dal rua fatin dadur ema Timor oan iha ne’eba, ne’ebé hau lakoi tan sai dadur fatin, ne’e hau nia pozisaun," hateten Vice PM Carrascalão ba Jornalista sira ... "

Portuguese:
17 de Agosto de 2010: Visao.pt: Timor-Leste: Campo de refugiados em Ataúro defendido por ministro "a título pessoal"

Visao.pt: http://aeiou.visao.pt/timor-leste-campo-de-refugiados-em-atauro-defendido-por-ministro-a-titulo-pessoal=f569470
"Díli ... (Lusa) - O ministro da Economia de Timor-Leste, João Gonçalves, disse hoje à agência Lusa que defendeu na Austrália que a ilha de Ataúro podia ser uma opção para um centro de refugiados, mas só se houvesse um consenso nacional."

17 Aug 2010: east-timor: F-FDTL Chief of General staff and Deputy Commander Weighs in on Asylum Seeker debate
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-08/msg00176.html
THND: http://timorhauniandoben.blogspot.com/2010/08/establishing-refugee-centre-brigadier.html
"Timor Post ... "Establishing a Refugee Centre". Brigadier General Lere: "Timor-Leste is Not Ready."
Dili- Brigadier General Lere Anan Timor has affirmed that Timor-Leste does not have the conditions to have an asylum seeker centre operating here and that the government has to measure the consequences of doing so before it makes any decision."

17 Aug 2010: east-timor: Timor-Leste News August 17, 2010
Horta waits for Australia's new Govt

Suara Timor Loro Sa'e, August 17, 2010 language source: Tetun
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-08/msg00154.html

17 Aug 2010: east-timor: Timor-Leste News August 17, 2010
Dual citizenship Gonsalves defends Australia's interest: Fretilin

Timor Post, August 17, 2010 language source: Tetun
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-08/msg00154.html

17 Aug 2010: east-timor: Timor-Leste News August 17, 2010
Timor-Leste has no conditions yet for asylum seekers: Brigadier General Lere

Diario Nacional, August 17, 2010, Language source: Tetun
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-08/msg00154.html

17 Aug 2010: SMH: East Timor warming to asylum centre
SMH: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/east-timor-warming-to-asylum-centre-20100817-12849.html
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-08/msg00172.html
"Although talks about establishing a [asylum seeker processing] facility in East Timor are on hold due to the [Australian] government's caretaker mode, the issue is now being taken very seriously and considerably more favorably within East Timor itself." Damien Kingsbury

Tetun:
16 Agostu 2010: Timor Hau Nian Doben: Joao Gonçalves, MED Koalia Iha Australia: “Atauro Bele Sai Fatin Refujiadu”

THND: http://timorhauniandoben.blogspot.com/2010/08/joao-goncalves-med-koalia-iha-australia.html
"Jornal Nacional Diário ... Dili-Bancada FRETILIN liu husi Deputadu José Teixeira afirma deklarasaun Ministru Ekonomia i Dezenvolvimentu João Gonçalves ne’ebe koalia ba Jornalista sira foin lalais katak, Pulau Atauru bele sai fatin refujiadu. Deputadu José Teixeira kasu lia hirak ne’e ba Jornalista sira, Sabadu (14/8) iha Parlamentu Nasional, hafoin rona no akompanha notisia ne’ebé sai iha Radio Australia no mos BBC."

Portuguese:
16 de Agosto de 2010: Timor Hau Nian Doben: Howard: O Partido Trabalhista "Não Tem Nenhuma Esperança" com Timor Leste

THND: http://timorhauniandoben.blogspot.com/2010/08/howard-o-partido-trabalhista-nao-tem.html
"A política interna em Timor Leste irá garantir que país nunca irá acolher um centro regional de triagem de refugiados regional proposto pelos Trabalhistas, disse o ex-primeiro-ministro John Howard. No Governo de Howard, a Austrália criou um centro de processamento em terra para os requerentes de asilo em Nauru, mas o acordo foi desfeito pelo governo Trabalhista, liderado por Kevin Rudd."

16 Aug 2010: Age: Labor E Timor plan has 'no hope': Howard

Age: http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-national/labor-e-timor-plan-has-no-hope-howard-20100816-12642.html
"Domestic politics in East Timor will ensure that country never hosts a regional refugee processing centre proposed by Labor, former prime minister John Howard says."

15 Aug 2010: SBS Dateline: Pacific Solutions

SBS: http://www.sbs.com.au/dateline/story/transcript/id/600682/n/Pacific-Solutions
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-08/msg00130.html
"Even though Julia Gillard's original approach to East Timor went down like a lead balloon, Timorese Foreign Minister Zacarias da Costa says discussions with Canberra are ongoing.
Zacarias Da Costa, East Timor Foreign Minister: We are looking at ways to progress, but it depends very much on who will be in the government after the elections in Australia.
Reporter:  But didn't the entire parliament vote against this idea?
Zacarias Da Costa: Yes. As you know, the parliament voted unanimously against this idea."
[includes video]

15 Aug 2010: Daily Telegraph: Julia Gillard: Labor is hurting us
DT: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/election/julia-gillard-labor-is-hurting-us/story-fn5zm695-1225905438860
"She also insisted her East Timor solution involving asylum seekers was still a priority while she might consider accepting Naru as a possible future location for asylum seekers if the nation signs the United Nations Convention on Refugees. "We are in dialogue with East Timor. If I am elected next Saturday I will make pursuing that dialogue a priority.''"

15 Aug 2010: Age: PM says East Timor remains priority
Age: http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-national/pm-says-east-timor-remains-priority-20100815-124um.html
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-08/msg00136.html
"Prime Minister Julia Gillard won't rule out Nauru hosting an offshore regional processing centre for asylum seekers. But a re-elected Labor government would continue to pursue its preferred East Timor option and discussions with its government were a high priority."

Portuguese:

13 de Agosto de 2010: Timor Lorosae Nação - diário: Timor-Leste assinala condições para centro de refugiados
TLN: http://timorlorosaenacaodiario.blogspot.com/2010/08/timor-leste-assinala-condicoes-para.html
THND: http://timorhauniandoben.blogspot.com/2010/08/timor-leste-assinala-condicoes-para.html
"A minha sugestão, como eu disse, isso não é a visão do governo, essa é minha opinião pessoal, temos a ilha de Ataúro que precisa de ser desenvolvida, por isso, podemos dizer que, se o centro de processamento vai para lá, vamos desenvolver a ilha, colocar as estradas e água para o povo local, infraestruturas básicas, um porto, aeroporto, são coisas que podem estar associadas a quaisquer condições, se vamos aceitar qualquer coisa assim. E a outra condição que você deve colocar é clara, que o gasoduto deverá ir para Timor-Leste, com certeza! Eu posso dizer isso. Mas certamente estamos abertos para negociações e vamos ver o que acontece depois disso." João Mendes Gonçalves, ministro do Desenvolvimento Económico de Timor Leste

13 Aug 2010: ABC: E Timor seeks Woodside condition to asylum centre talks
ABC: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/08/13/2982243.htm
"East Timor's minister for economic development has warned there could be conditions attached if a refugee processing centre goes ahead in his country. Jao Mendez Goncalves says the Australian Government should support East Timor in its dispute with Woodside Petroleum over building a gas processing plant on the island."

August 2010: Mary MacKillop East Timor Mission: Asylum Seekers to East Timor?
MMETM: http://www.mmiets.org.au/documents/Asylum_Seekers_East-Timor.pdf
"There are serious deficiencies in the announcement by Prime Minister Gillard of a plan to use East Timor as a processing centre for asylum seekers heading to Australia by boat. Initially, no approach was made to the Prime Minister nor the Government of East Timor. The President of East Timor is not part of the Government and cannot speak on its behalf. ... "
"Australia & UN Refugee Convention: We are signatories and have obligations which are our responsibility." Susan Connelly & Josephine Mitchell


13 Aug 2010: east-timor: Timor-Leste News August 13, 2010
Horta should not be subject to Australia: MP Fereira

Diario Nacional, August 13, 2010 language source: Tetun
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-08/msg00123.html

13 Aug 2010: ABC: Coalition jumps on UN East Timor report
ABC: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/08/13/2981643.htm?section=justin
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-08/msg00115.html
"The Federal Coalition has used a leaked United Nations report on East Timor to attack the Government's policy on asylum seekers. The confidential report, obtained by The Australian newspaper, says East Timor remains in a fragile state, with weak institutions and a judicial and security system vulnerable to political interference."

12 Aug 2010: ABC: Radio Australia: East Timor flags conditions for refugee centre
RA: http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/asiapac/stories/201008/s2981501.htm
"My suggestion - as I said, this is not the government view, this is my personal view - we've got the island of Atauro that needs to be developed, so we can say, if the processing centre goes there, let's develop the island, put roads and water for the local people, basic infrastructure, a port, airfield, they are things that can be attached to any conditions if we are going to accept anything like that. And the other condition that you should put of course is that the pipeline should go to Timor-Leste, for sure! I can say that. But certainly we are open for negotiations and let's see what happens after that." Jao Mendez Goncalves, East Timorese minister for economic development

12 Aug 2010: east-timor: Timor-Leste News August 12, 2010
HRW against Australian Govt's proposal of setting up asylum seekers processing
Timor Post, August 12, 2010 language source: Tetun
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-08/msg00106.html

11 Aug 2010: east-timor: Timor-Leste News August 11, 2010
Asylum seekers processing center does not benefit Timorese people: Horta

Diario Nacional, August 11, 2010 language source: Tetun
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-08/msg00088.html

11 Aug 2010: Age: Political opponents united in rush for offshore solution
Age: http://www.theage.com.au/federal-election/political-opponents-united-in-rush-for-offshore-solution-20100810-11y8y.html
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-08/msg00084.html
" ... the issue has escalated, Labor has hardened its stance in an attempt to match the Coalition and both sides now promise to detain boat arrivals offshore. Indeed, the difference between the major parties has narrowed to little more than a choice of where they will be processed. The opposition says Nauru; the government says East Timor." Yuko Narushima

Portuguese:
10 de Agosto de 2010: SIC Online: Activistas contra centro de triagem de refugiados em Timor-Leste

SIC: http://sic.sapo.pt/online/noticias/mundo/activistas+dos+direitos+humanos+contra+centro+de+triagem+de+refugiados+timorenses.htm
"A organização não governamental Human Rights Watch divulgou ,hoje, uma carta aberta aos partidos australianos apelando a que se oponham à criação de um centro de triagem de refugiados em Timor-Leste. No documento, que surge numa altura em que o tema tem agitado a campanha eleitoral australiana para as eleições a 21 de agosto, a Human Rights Watch exorta os partidos australianos a que se comprometam com o eleitorado a não levar avante o projeto da atual primeira ministra, Julia Guillard."

Tetun:
9 Agostu 2010: RENETIL: Lae Ba Sentru Prosesamentu Refujiado iha Timor-Leste
RENETIL: http://renetil.blogspot.com/2010/08/lae-ba-sentru-prosesamentu-refujiadu.html
"Semana hirak ikus media nasional sira Timor nian ko’alia barak kona-ba proposta Austrália nian atu harii Sentru Prosesamentu ba Refujiadu sira iha ita nia rain. Mosu ona hanoin pró ho kontra, tantu hosi sidadaun baibain, hosi sosiedade sivil to’o orgaun soberano sira. ... " Kasilo Bere-Meta, Membru RENETIL

Tetun:
9 Agostu 2010: Suara Timor Lorosae: Konaba Ba Sentru Refujiadu,Timor-Leste Seidauk Dialoga ho Australia

STL: http://www.suara-timor-lorosae.com/berita-330-konaba-ba-sentru-refujiadutimorleste-seidauk-dialoga-ho-australia-.html
"DILI-  Timor Leste (TL), atu sai  sentru re fu jiadu, hamosu polemika, entidade balun aseita no barak liu maka laaseita, tamba tuir sira nia hanoin katak TL seidauk tempu atu sai fatin sentru refujiadu ba nasaun seluk."

Tetun:

9 Agostu 2010: Centru Jornalista Investigativu Timor Leste: Ramos Horta Hakarak Simu Refujiadu Husi Australia
CJITL: http://cjitl.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1606&Itemid=1
TLND: http://timorlorosaenacaodiario.blogspot.com/2010/08/ramos-horta-hakarak-simu-refujiadu-husi.html
"CJITL flash, Xefi estadu Jose Ramos Horta hakarak simu opsaun Timor Leste hanesan sentru refuziado husi nasaun vizinu Autralia liu husi politika Primeiru Ministru Australia Julia Gilliard foin lalais ne’e. ... "


8 Aug 2010: Human Rights Watch: Letter to Australian Political Party Leaders Regarding Asylum Seekers and Irregular Migration
HRW: http://www.hrw.org/node/92320
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-08/msg00068.html
"Dear party leaders, We write ahead of the Australian federal election on August 21, 2010, to urge your party to take a position on asylum and irregular migration that complies with Australia's obligations under international human rights and refugee law. ... Recent statements by the leaders of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) and the Coalition (Liberal Party of Australia and the National Party of Australia) reveal an ongoing failure to incorporate human rights into Australia's asylum policy."

Portuguese:
7 de Agosto de 2010: SBS: Bob Brown: "multiculturalismo virou uma palavra suja quando John Howard virou primeiro-ministro"

SBS: http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/portuguese/highlight/page/id/102827/t/
"O líder do Partido Verde da Austrália critica ambos o governo trabalhista por propor um centro de processamento de requerentes de asilo em Timor-Leste, como o governo anterior, de John Howard, pela chamada "Solução do Pacífico"."

6 Aug 2010: east-timor: Timor-Leste News August 06, 2010
Timor-Leste better to postpone dialog with Australia: Horta

Radio Timor-Leste, August 5, 2010 language source: Tetun
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-08/msg00054.html

6 Aug 2010: east-timor: Timor-Leste News August 06, 2010
Student movement rejects Australia's proposal

Suara Timor Loro Sa'e, August 6, 2010 language source: Tetun
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-08/msg00054.html

6 Aug 2010: east-timor: Timor-Leste News August 06, 2010
Parliament continues rejecting Australian Govt's proposal

Timor Post, August 6, 2010 language source: Tetun
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-08/msg00054.html

6 Aug 2010: east-timor: Timor-Leste News August 06, 2010
TL ready to discuss about asylum seekers processing center: Horta

Timor Post, August 6, 2010 language source: Tetun
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-08/msg00054.html

Tetun:
5 Agostu 2010: CJITL - Centru Jornalista Investigativu Timor Leste: Fretilin: Proposta PM Australia Laiha Fatin Iha Timor Leste
CJITL: http://cjitl.org/content/view/1596/3/
"CJITL flash, Lideransa Maximu partidu opozisaun Fretilin deklara katak laiha fatin ba politika governu Australia hodi tau nasaun Timor Leste sai nudar sentru prosesamentu refujiadus Internasional. Ho razaun ida ne’e nia husu Primeiru Ministru Australi Julia Gilliard atu labele foti desizaun iha nasaun foun ida ne’e." CJITL Editor

5 Aug 2010: east-timor: Timor-Leste News August 05, 2010
State institutions should make proper decision on asylum seekers processing center: MP Vital dos Santos

Radio Timor-Leste, August 5, 2010 language source: Tetun
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-08/msg00034.html

5 Aug 2010: east-timor: Timor-Leste News August 05, 2010
We should not be soft to Australia: Gusmao

Diario Nacional, August 5, 2010 language source: Tetun
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-08/msg00034.html

5 Aug 2010: east-timor: Timor-Leste News August 05, 2010
Do not close door to dialog: Alkatiri

Diario Nacional, August 5, 2010 language source: Tetun
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-08/msg00034.html

5 Aug 2010: east-timor: Timor-Leste News August 05, 2010
Luta Hamutuk disagrees with asylum seekers processing center in Timor-Leste

Timor Post, August 5, 2010 language source: Tetun
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-08/msg00034.html

5 Aug 2010: Greens MPs: Greens Want Australia To Act As A Good Neighbour In The Pacific Region
Greens: http://greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/greens-want-australia-act-good-neighbour-pacific-region
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-08/msg00040.html
"Australia needs to live up to its responsibilities in the Pacific Region by acting as a good neighbour to other countries according to Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young. ... "If we want to be seen as a leader in the region, then we have a duty to be a good neighbour. That means, for example, not trying to pass off our responsibilities on the poorest countries in the Pacific, through a regional processing centre for asylum-seekers in East Timor or Nauru." [Senator Hanson-Young said]"

4 Aug 2010: east-timor: Timor-Leste News August 04, 2010
There should be criteria for setting up asylum seekers processing center

Timor Post, August 4, 2010 language source: Tetun
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-08/msg00025.html

4 Aug 2010: east-timor: Timor-Leste News August 04, 2010
Australian PM firmly defends establishment of asylum seekers processing center

Timor Post, August 4, 2010 language source: Tetun
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-08/msg00025.html

4 Aug 2010: east-timor: Timor-Leste News August 04, 2010
Timor Leste is not Australia's federation: Lu - Olo

Suara Timor Loro sa'e, August 3, 2010. Language source: Tetun
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-08/msg00025.html

4 Aug 2010: Channel NewsAsia: Timor Leste says Australia polls put asylum talks on hold
CNA: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1073354/1/.html
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-08/msg00041.html
"DILI - Timor Leste President Jose Ramos-Horta said Wednesday he was waiting for the new Australian government to be installed before talks about a regional refugee centre could "re-open." With Australia heading to the polls on August 21 and Prime Minister Julia Gillard facing a neck-and-neck race with the opposition, Ramos-Horta indicated that any plan for a regional processing centre in Timor Leste was on hold."

Tetun:
3 Agostu 2010: CJITL - Centru Jornalista Investigativu Timor Leste: Gusmão: Timor Leste Labele Simu Refuziado Australia
CJITL: http://cjitl.org/content/view/1583/3/
"CJITL flash, Celestino Gusmão, estudante siensia poilitiku iha Universidade Nasional Timor Leste (UNTL) husu atensaun ba IV governu konstitusional atu labele simu proposta husi governu Australia hodi tau Timor Leste hanesan sentru prosesamentu refujiadus sira tanba sei fo impaktu negativu ba povu nia moris iha futuru." Jessy Vilanova

3 Aug 2010: SMH: PM defends East Timor plan
SMH: http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/pm-defends-east-timor-plan-20100803-113oi.html
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-08/msg00013.html
"Prime Minister Julia Gillard has defended her regional vision for combating people smuggling amid claims corrupt officials in Indonesia are involved in arranging passage for asylum seekers to Australia. ... Ms Gillard on Tuesday insisted she remained committed to establishing a regional refugee processing hub in East Timor, despite the corruption claims threatening to undermine the plan." Karlis Salna

3 Aug 2010: Bob Brown: Greens back Timor Leste
BB: http://bob-brown.greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/greens-back-timor-leste
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-08/msg00032.html
"Call to have Greater Sunrise plant in Timor Leste ... The Greens oppose Julia Gillard's proposal for asylum seekers to be processed in Timor Leste."

3 Aug 2010: SMH: Brown backs Timor
SMH: http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/brown-backs-timor-20100803-1156j.html
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-08/msg00012.html
"Australian Greens party leader Bob Brown has outlined his policy on the Greater Sunrise gas field in the city that would lose the most if his plan was carried out. ... He reiterated earlier comments that the Greens would reject any proposal to open an asylum seeker processing facility in East Timor." Larine Statham

2 Aug 2010: Timor News Line: Indonesia calls for regional solution to asylum seekers processing center
Timor Post , 2 August 2010- Summary by Alberico Junior
TNL: http://www.timornewsline.com/
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-08/msg00010.html

2 Aug 2010: Timor News Line: Timor-Leste opens to discuss Australia’s proposal: Foreign minister
Radio Televisaun Timor Leste , 2 August 2010- Summary by Alberico Junior
TNL: http://www.timornewsline.com/
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-08/msg00010.html

1 Aug 2010: A Regional Refugee Protection Framework
A joint statement by Australian non-government organisations

RC: http://www.refugeecouncil.org.au/docs/releases/2010/100801_Regional_Protection_Framework.pdf
"Principles for Australia’s overall approach: In considering the options available, Australia must act in accordance with the following minimum standards: * There must be no removal of asylum seekers from Australian territory for processing in a third country. Australia has an obligation to process claims and provide protection to those found to be refugees under the Refugee Convention."

1 Aug 2010: Greens MPs: Greens Want Australia To Live Up To Its Obligations On Asylum-Seekers
Greens: http://greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/greens-want-australia-live-its-obligations-asylum-seekers
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-08/msg00000.html
"The Australian Greens will continue to push for the Federal Government to live up to its international obligations to vulnerable asylum-seekers, according to Senator Sarah Hanson-Young. ... "The Greens know there is a simple way to deal with this issue - scrap the excision policy, close Christmas Island, and reject offshore processing, whether in East Timor, Nauru or elsewhere." [Senator Hanson-Young said.]"

1 Aug 2010: Greens MPs: Greens 'no' to Nauru, Timor Leste options
Greens: http://greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/greens-no-nauru-timor-leste-options
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-08/msg00000.html
"Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown says that it is likely either Labor's Timor Leste option or the Coalition's Nauru, for asylum seekers, will be possible under existing Howard years' legislation. However, if a regulation for either is required, the Greens will not support it."


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