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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.


July 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.


29 Jul 2010: east-timor: Timor-Leste News July 29, 2010
Govt ready to talk with Australia on asylum seekers processing center

Suara Timor Loro Sa'e, language source: Tetun
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00265.html

28 Jul 2010: east-timor: Timor-Leste News July 28, 2010
Horta hopes Gusmao to open door for Australia

Diario Nacional, July 28, 2010 language source: Tetun
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00247.html

28 Jul 2010: Yahoo!: E.Timor President: no refugee centre plans
Yahoo!: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/afp/20100728/tap-timor-australia-politics-diplomacy-i-aeccaac.html
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00243.html
"East Timorese President Jose Ramos-Horta said Wednesday his country had "no plans" to build a detention centre for asylum seekers as proposed by Australia, but remained open to discuss the idea. "The government of Timor-Leste has no plans to build or authorise a processing centre to be opened in Timor-Leste," he told AFP, using his tiny country's formal name."

July 2010: Solidarity: ‘Stop the boats!’—Labor singing Abbott’s song
Solidarity: http://www.solidarity.net.au/26/%E2%80%98stop-the-boats%E2%80%94labor-singing-abbott%E2%80%99s-song/
"Although Gillard arrogantly dismissed the vote, a majority of East Timor’s parliament has rejected the East Timor solution. Despite President Ramos Horta saying East Timor would consider Gillard’s proposal, the leader of Xanana Gusmao’s party opposed it." Ian Rintoul

28 Jul 2010: Jakarta Post: Marty in Dili for border deal, possible refugee dialogue
JP: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2010/07/28/marty-dili-border-deal-possible-refugee-dialogue.html
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00242.html
"Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa arrived in Dili on Tuesday on a two-day visit to meet with his Timor Leste counterpart as both countries work to iron out issues dealing with border arrangements and bilateral prosperity. Both countries are also expected to raise the issue of Australia's initiative to use Timor Leste as a regional processing center for refugees in the first joint ministerial meeting since 2005." Lilian Budianto

27 Jul 2010: Yahoo!: E.Timor awaits details on Australian asylum plan: minister
Yahoo!: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100727/wl_asia_afp/timoraustraliapoliticsdiplomacyimmigrationindonesia
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00241.html
"East Timor said Tuesday it is still waiting for details from Australia about a proposal to build a regional detention centre in the tiny country to host Australia-bound asylum seekers. Foreign Minister Zacarias Albano da Costa said Canberra had yet to clarify its position three weeks after Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard revealed surprise plans to ship asylum-seekers to impoverished East Timor."

27 Jul 2010: Taiwan News: Aussie opposition pushes for Nauru refugee center
Taiwan: http://www.etaiwannews.com/etn/news_content.php?id=1330398&lang=eng_news&cate_img=logo_world&cate_rss=WORLD_eng
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00241.html
"Australian opposition leaders discussed reopening a refugee processing center in Nauru with the South Pacific island nation's foreign minister on Tuesday, despite allegations of human rights abuses at the facility before it closed." Tanalee Smith

27 Jul 2010: east-timor: Timor-Leste News July 27, 2010
Negotiation for refugee processing center can be made: Parliament

Diario Nacional, July 27, 2010 language source: Tetun
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00235.html

26 Jul 2010: ABC: Radio Australia: Connect Asia: Australia ignoring East Timor detention 'no' vote
RA: http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/connectasia/stories/201007/s2964200.htm
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00224.html
"The Australian Government's proposal to develop a regional processing centre for asylum seekers East Timor looks more shaky by the day. The Government says an Australian delegation visited East Timor last week for discussions and had productive talks. But East Timor's Deputy Prime Minister says the Australians arrived when many Timorese politicians were visiting China.
Presenter: Sara Everingham
Speaker: Mario Carrascalao, East Timor's Deputy Prime Minister"
[includes audio interview and transcript]

26 Jul 2010: east-timor: Timor-Leste News July 26, 2010
Horta to talk with Gusmao on asylum seekers processing center

Diario Nacional, July 26, 2010 language source: Tetun
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00220.html

26 Jul 2010: east-timor: Timor-Leste News July 26, 2010
Negotiation for refugee process center going on: Horta

Timor Post, July 26, 2010 language source: Tetun
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00220.html

25 Jul 2010: Age: Gillard’s Timor talks? Dili’s still waiting
Age: http://www.theage.com.au/federal-election/gillards-timor-talks-dilis-still-waiting-20100724-10pvx.html
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00218.html
"EAST Timor’s Foreign Minister has rejected Julia Gillard’s claims that Australia is in ‘‘active dialogue’’ with his country over her  pre-election plan to use  East Timor  as a processing centre for asylum seekers. Despite the Prime Minister’s repeated assertions of dialogue on the plan, Foreign Minister Zacarias da Costa said discussions had yet to take place." Tom Hyland

24 Jul 2010: Age: Asylum seekers back on election agenda
Age: http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-national/asylum-seekers-back-on-election-agenda-20100724-10peg.html
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00214.html
"Tony Abbott and Julia Gillard have again vowed to stop the boats, following reports up to 800 asylum seekers are currently headed to Australia. ... Ms Gillard said she was determined to "deliver" a regional processing centre, preferably in East Timor where discussions were continuing." Susanna Dunkerley

24 Jul 2010: Australian: Jakarta in detention talks with Canberra over asylum-seekers
Aus: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/jakarta-in-detention-talks-with-canberra-over-asylum-seekers/story-fn59niix-1225896294336
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00210.html
"DISCUSSIONS are under way between Canberra and Jakarta on a plan for Australia to pay for new detention centres in Indonesia. Australian officials have confirmed the plan discussions, intended to help deter asylum-seekers." Mark Dodd, Peter Alford

23 Jul 2010: IRIN Asia: TIMOR-LESTE: Activists say no to proposed new refugee centre
IRIN: http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=89937
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00206.html
"Timor-Leste activists have rejected a controversial Australian plan to set up a refugee processing centre in Timor-Leste. The plan was also voted down by the Timorese parliament on 12 July. “The proposal is yet one more example of how [current and previous] Australian governments continue to abuse the people of Timor-Leste,” Dinorah Granadeiro, executive director of the Timor-Leste NGO Forum, said in a statement by seven Timorese NGOs and civil society groups. “We must be strong and resist such a patronizing suggestion.”"

23 Jul 2010: Australian: Jakarta may lock up boatpeople
Aus: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/jakarta-may-lock-up-boatpeople/story-fn59niix-1225895838376
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00203.html
"AUSTRALIA might be asked to fund detention centres in Indonesia to help Jakarta deter asylum-seekers from using the nation as a staging point. Jakarta's plan, which would lock up all asylum-seekers currently free in the community, comes amid pressure from Julia Gillard for a regional solution to the politically explosive problem." Stephen Fitzpatrick, Jakarta correspondent

21 Jul 2010: Eureka Street: Moving forward from East Timor Solution
ES: http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=22442
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00188.html
"A regional processing centre may be a good idea. Its location in East Timor would be unprincipled and unworkable. Gillard's pre-emptive announcement will ensure that it will be anywhere but East Timor. ... Whoever is elected, and wherever such a centre is located, it will not be East Timor." Fr Frank Brennan SJ

21 Jul 2010: Australia Network News: Australian asylum plans under fire from Indonesian official
ANN: http://australianetworknews.com/stories/201007/2960128.htm?desktop
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00186.html
"The head of Indonesia's people smuggling taskforce has criticised Australia's deferred plan to establish a regional asylum seeker processing centre in East Timor. The Australian government has put the plan on hold at least until after the country's election next month." Kerri Ritchie, Indonesia correspondent

21 Jul 2010: Yahoo!: E.Timor seeks solution on asylum seekers: Minister
Yahoo!: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100721/wl_asia_afp/aseanarftimordiplomacyenergyaustralia
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00186.html
"East Timor has not ruled out involvement in a centre for processing asylum seekers but the idea, mooted by Australia, must be dealt with regionally, its foreign minister told AFP in an interview."

21 Jul 2010: east-timor: awful statements by Australian politicians
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00184.html
[includes links to several replies]
See also: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-08/msg00023.html

21 Jul 2010: SMH: Timor talks continue despite election
SMH: http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/timor-talks-continue-despite-election-20100721-10kw2.html
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00186.html
"Discussions with East Timor about setting up a refugee processing centre have not stopped due to the election, says Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith."

20 Jul 2010: Age: Timor solution put on hold for election
Age: http://www.theage.com.au/federal-election/timor-solution-put-on-hold-for-election-20100719-10hum.html
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00163.html
"LABOR'S plan to convince East Timor to host regional asylum seekers has been put on hold during the election campaign as Australia's diplomats seek to dodge any political flak. ... Public service rules instruct Australian officials to avoid international talks during the caretaker period and adopt an observer role." Daniel Flitton

19 Jul 2010: The Punch: Readers overboard with PM’s Timor plan
Punch: http://www.thepunch.com.au/articles/reader-enthusiasm-overboard-over-pms-timor-plan/
"BORDER protection policy has been an albatross around the neck of successive federal governments. ... Gillard’s mention of talks to establish an offshore refugee processing centre - possibly or possibly not - in East Timor led to an overwhelming backlash from all sides, accusing her of bungling and then backflipping." Marcus Kuczynski

18 Jul 2010: Green Left: Gillard bullies East Timor, but refugees should be welcomed
GLW: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/44812
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00188.html
"Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s high-handed attempts to impose a “regional asylum seeker processing centre” on East Timor have angered Timorese politicians and activists. Despite Gillard’s talk about finding a regional solution to a regional problem, the “problem” of “unauthorised boat arrivals” in Australia is one of perception. " Peter Robson

18 Jul 2010: Radio New Zealand: Pacific regional processing centre could be discussed at ASEAN
RNZ: http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=54758
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00156.html
"Australia is still hoping to convince East Timor to house asylum seekers at a Pacific regional processing centre during an ASEAN summit this week."

16 Jul 2010: Australian: Refugee debate takes us back to Howard era
Aus: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/refugee-debate-takes-us-back-to-howard-era/story-e6frg6zo-1225892707657
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00149.html
"Julia Gillard could show leadership by exploding asylum-seeker myths and misconceptions" Mike Steketee

16 Jul 2010: east-timor: Timor-Leste News July 16, 2010
CPD-RDTL rejects Australia's proposal of setting up refugee processing center

Radio & Televizaun Timor-Leste, July 15, 2010 language source: Tetun
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00137.html

16 Jul 2010: SMH: No Backing Yet but Indonesia Prepared to Talk on East Timor
SMH: http://www.smh.com.au/national/no-backing-yet-but-indonesia-prepared-to-talk-on-east-timor-20100715-10crl.html
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00138.html
"INDONESIA would not endorse the Gillard government's East Timor asylum seeker solution yesterday, despite a personal briefing from the Foreign Affairs Minister, Stephen Smith, in Jakarta. Indonesia's Foreign Minister, Marty Natalegawa, said more discussion would be needed before his country could support the idea." Tom Allard, Jakarta

16 Jul 2010: Australia Network News: Indonesia 'unconvinced' by Australian asylum plan
ANN: http://australianetworknews.com/stories/201007/2954904.htm?desktop
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00138.html
"Indonesia remains unconvinced about an Australian government proposal to build a refugee processing centre in East Timor. Indonesia's foreign minister Marty Natalegawa says he understands the rationale behind the idea but it needs to look closer at the details." Kerri Ritchie, Jakarta

16 Jul 2010: Jakarta Post: Solution more than just shelter location, RI tells Australia
JP: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2010/07/16/solution-more-just-shelter-location-ri-tells-australia.html
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00138.html
"Indonesia and Australia agreed Thursday that Australia’s plan to set up a refugee processing center in Timor Leste should involve countries in the region, after indications that Canberra left Jakarta out of the plan." Lilian Budianto

16 Jul 2010: National Times: Refugees' rights left stranded in sea of fear
NT: http://www.nationaltimes.com.au/opinion/politics/refugees-rights-left-stranded-in-sea-of-fear-20100715-10cky.html
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00139.html
"In clumsy attempts to pander to reservoirs of resentment and fear, the two main parties have made a stupendous hash of their refugee policies. ... Julia Gillard's East Timor policy is the unsightly mess that comes with crashing headlong into a hurdle rather than elegantly leaping it."

15 Jul 2010: east-timor: Timor-Leste News July 15, 2010
Timor-Leste is not Australia's doll: Carrascalao

Diario Nacional, July 15, 2010 language source: Tetun
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00126.html

15 Jul 2010: east-timor: Timor-Leste News July 15, 2010
Stop pipelines building with refugee processing center: MP

Diario Nacional, July 15, 2010 language source: Tetun
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00126.html

15 Jul 2010: Tempo Semanal: East Timor has other priorities to deal with
TS: http://temposemanaltimor.blogspot.com/2010/07/east-timor-has-other-priorities-to-deal.html
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00139.html
"The plan to detain asylum seekers on East Timor is unacceptable to its people on procedural and practical grounds. The procedural flaw was evident from the day Australia's Prime Minister announced it without consulting East Timor's government. Clearly, the Australian government does not want to admit it made a mistake, particularly so close to an election. But rational people in both countries can see a mistake was made." Jose Belo, editor-in-chief, Dili newspaper Tempo Semanal

15 Jul 2010: Australian: East Timor needs to sort itself out first
Aus: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/politics/east-timor-needs-to-sort-itself-out-first/story-e6frgczf-1225891815834
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00122.html
"EAST Timorese Deputy Prime Minister Mario Viegas Carrascalao yesterday rejected an Australian proposal to process asylum-seekers. Mr Carrascalao said East Timor had too many problems of its own to deal with Australia's as well. "Timor Leste is not a colony of another country. We have sovereignty and our people have rights to decide for themselves what they want," he said."

15 Jul 2010: SMH: Indonesia fails to support Gillard plan
SMH: http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-world/indonesia-fails-to-support-gillard-plan-20100715-10ccc.html
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00129.html
"Prime Minister Julia Gillard's plan for a regional refugee processing hub in East Timor has received another setback, with Indonesia failing to show support for the proposal. As Ms Gillard again rejected Nauru as an option for the processing centre, citing political instability in the tiny Pacific nation, Indonesian officials appeared to be only lukewarm on the proposal to locate a processing centre in East Timor."

15 Jul 2010: Yahoo!: Indonesia lukewarm on Australia asylum centre plan
Yahoo!: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100715/wl_asia_afp/timoraustraliapoliticsdiplomacyimmigrationindonesia
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00138.html
"Indonesia gave a lukewarm response Thursday to Australia's plans for a processing centre for asylum-seekers in East Timor, saying it was only a part of a regional solution to people-smuggling. The comments by Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa came after he agreed to meet his Australian counterpart Stephen Smith, who was trying to garner regional support for the controversial centre." Alvin Darlanika Soedarjo

15 Jul 2010: Jakarta Globe: Australia in Talks with Indonesia on Asylum Center
JG: http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/australia-in-talks-with-indonesia-on-asylum-center/385966
"Australia held talks with Indonesia on Thursday on plans for a regional asylum-seeker centre in East Timor, as the immigration minister admitted anger over the issue was “killing” the government. Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith met his counterpart Marty Natalegawa in Jakarta to discuss plans by new Prime Minister Julia Gillard for a boatpeople processing centre to be built in East Timor."

15 Jul 2010: news.com.au: NZ backs Julia Gillard's East Timor solution to asylum seekers
news.com.au: http://www.news.com.au/features/federal-election/nz-backs-julia-gillards-east-timor-solution-to-asylum-seekers/story-fn5a6dkp-1225892270515
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00136.html
"ASYLUM seekers are a growing concern for New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, prompting him to back Julia Gillard's vision for a refugee processing hub in East Timor. "Those who don't believe a ship can one day come here are deluding themselves," Mr Key said on Thursday."

14 Jul 2010: east-timor: Timor-Leste July 14, 2010
Civil society rejects refugee processing center

Suara Timor Loro Sa'e, July 14, 2010 language source: Tetun
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00118.html

14 Jul 2010: east-timor: Timor-Leste July 14, 2010
Parliament not against Govt idea

Timor Post, July 14, 2010 language source: Tetun
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00118.html

14 Jul 2010: SMH: Indonesia fears influx from Timor solution
SMH: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/indonesia-fears-influx-from-timor-solution-20100714-10ahb.html
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00123.html
"Australia's failure to consult Indonesia about an asylum processing centre in East Timor is likely to exacerbate tensions between our two northern neighbours. Foreign Minister Stephen Smith arrived in Indonesia yesterday, with talks on the issue anticipated. Officials here won't say it, but it was wrong of Australia not to consult Indonesia on its policy." Andrea Booth

14 Jul 2010: east-timor: FM Smith Heads to Indonesia for Asylum Talks
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00120.html
"Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith is travelling to Indonesia today to discuss the Federal Government's proposal to establish a refugee processing centre in East Timor. Indonesian officials have expressed concern that the proposed processing centre could encourage more illegal arrivals to enter Indonesia."

14 Jul 2010: Uniting Church in Australia: Protestant Church in Timor-Leste Concerned Over Proposed Asylum Plan
UCA: http://www.wa.uca.org.au/blog/protestant-church-in-timor-leste-concerned-over-proposed-asylum-plan/
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00131.html
"The Moderator of the Protestant Church in Timor-Leste (IPTL), Rev. Moises A. da Silva, has expressed concern over the proposal by Prime Minister Gillard to establish a regional processing centre for refugees in the country, saying that he cannot understand why refugees attempting to reach Australia must be sent to a country that is already so poor."

13 Jul 2010: east-timor: Timor-Leste News July 13, 2010
Timor-Leste will not accept proposal of processing center refugee

Diario Nacional, July 13, 2010 language source: Tetun
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00099.html

13 Jul 2010: east-timor: Timor-Leste News July 13, 2010
Parliament rejects Australia's proposal of setting up processing center for refugee

Suara Timor Loro Sa'e, July 13, 2010 language source: Tetun
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00099.html

13 Jul 2010: east-timor: Timor-Leste News July 13, 2010
Timor-Leste and Australia start discussing detention center for refugee

Radio Timor-Leste, July 12, 2010 language source: Tetun
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00099.html

Tetun:
13 Jullu 2010: Tempo Semanal: Inimigu Tradisional Fretilin ho CNRT Lian Ida Kontra PM Australia

TS: [scroll down page] http://tempo-semanal-jornal-arkivo.googlegroups.com/web/Edisaun_196.pdf?gda=T2dYa0IAAACZVgaIfrU58HyWnHf-ikjxSbNgllkw5YX_IfSUgtzlajKOtu9v_eMeBC_bme0kt0RV4u3aa4iAIyYQIqbG9naPgh6o8ccLBvP6Chud5KMzIQ
"Dili-Mosu rezistencia maka’as kontra proposta Governu Australia ninian ba harii centru Prosesamentu ba refujiadus sira. Desde nasaun ne’e ukun rasik aan iha 2002 mosu roh lubun ruma nakonu ho ema ne’ebe hakarak hean sira nia vero ba Australia. Iha nasaun
Kangaro ne’eba mosu problema politika boot ho trafiku ema ho roh ne’e (Re. Manusia Perahu).l Nune’e duni Primeira Ministra Australia Anunsia ona ninia intensaun atu harii centru ida iha Timor Leste."

13 Jul 2010: Tempo Semanal: Australia: No to a Pipeline to Timor for Gas, but Yes to a Pipeline to Timor for Refugees
TS: [scroll down page] http://tempo-semanal-jornal-arkivo.googlegroups.com/web/Edisaun_196.pdf?gda=T2dYa0IAAACZVgaIfrU58HyWnHf-ikjxSbNgllkw5YX_IfSUgtzlajKOtu9v_eMeBC_bme0kt0RV4u3aa4iAIyYQIqbG9naPgh6o8ccLBvP6Chud5KMzIQ
"On 6 July 2010 Julia Gillard, newly appointed Prime Minister of Australia after deposing former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in a Cabinet meeting room, has demonstrated that she knows less about Timor-Leste than her predecessor; and shows as little inclination to deal with a neighbor as a friend on equal terms. It would seem that she prefers to use Timor-Leste for domestic political purposes." Jose Belo, Editor, Tempo Semanal

13 Jul 2010: ABC: Radio Australia: Connect Asia: Australia says East Timor proposal still on track but at what cost?
RA: http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/connectasia/stories/201007/s2952135.htm
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00105.html
"East Timor's parliament may have rejected it, but the Australian Government insists its proposal to set up a refugee processing centre in East Timor is on track. Foreign Minister Stephen Smith says the East Timorese government is still open to the idea because the East Timorese parliament's draft resolution was not unanimous. So what now for the proposal to use East Timor as a processing centre for asylum-seekers?
Presenter: Sen Lam
Speakers: James Dunn, former advisor to the U-N mission in East Timor"
[includes audio interview and transcript]

13 Jul 2010: Yahoo!7: Australia shrugs off Timor refugee snub
Yahoo!7: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100713/wl_afp/australiatimorpoliticsdiplomacyimmigration
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00105.html
"Australia said Tuesday it remained in talks with East Timor over a regional asylum-seeker centre, despite a rejection by the country's parliament which dealt the pre-election policy a severe blow. Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Timor's government was still discussing processing Australia's poor Asian migrants -- a major plank of her election strategy which has become mired in difficulty." Talek Harris

13 Jul 2010: Sydney Anglicans: Is East Timor the solution?
SydAng: http://www.sydneyanglicans.net/news/politics/is_east_timor_the_solution/
"With the advent of a new Prime Minister, we have moved from the Pacific Solution to the East Timor Solution on refugees. ... Perhaps the Timorese would be more willing to assist if they had received a better deal out of the Australian Government on the royalty split from the gas reserves in the Timor Sea." Karin Sowada


12 Jul 2010: Crikey: Julia might be ‘going forward’, but East Timor is standing firm
Crikey: http://www.crikey.com.au/2010/07/13/julia-might-be-going-forward-but-east-timor-is-standing-firm/
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00103.html
"The vote by East Timor’s parliament yesterday to oppose the establishment of an Australian off-shore asylum seeker processing centre should not have come as a surprise. Parliamentarians from the government and opposition have been saying they were against the idea since it was announced last week.The Australian government has certainly acted unperturbed by the vote, ... " Damien Kingsbury

14 Jul 2010: east-timor: Re: Julia might be 'going forward', but East Timor is standing firm
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00119.html
"Another good response. We must keep our pressures up on this issue, not least because it exposes a worrying weakness in the Australian approach - an overrating of the significance to the Timorese of the Interfet intervention in 1999. It was of course important but the Timorese leadership have not forgotten Australia appalling role in the previous 25 years, ... " James Dunn

12 Jul 2010: east-timor: [TEMPO SEMANAL] TL Parliament Dumping Into the Sea Miss Gillard Proposal
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00096.html
"Breaking News 12/07/2010. At 12:43 Dili time Fernando de Araujo alias Lasama said, "members of parliament lets us vote on a resolution from the Australian Prime Minister to use East Timor as the refugees processing Centre. Those who are for, abstain or against please vote as you wish." 34 parliamentarian from 65 present vote unanimously to dump the Australian Prime Minister's proposal in the sea between Dili and Canberra."

12 Jul 2010: east-timor: Timor-Leste July 12, 2010
Processing center for refugee should not be a bilateral issue: Alkatiri

Diario Nacional, July 12, 2010 language source: Tetun
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00093.html

12 Jul 2010: east-timor: Timor-Leste July 12, 2010
Govt to hold discussion with all sides

Televizaun Timor Leste, July 10, 2010 language source: Tetun
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00093.html

12 Jul 2010: east-timor: AusGov: Stephen Smith - Press Conference, 12 July 2010
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00107.html
The Hon Stephen Smith MP: http://www.foreignminister.gov.au/transcripts/2010/100712_press_conference.html
"Secondly, can I just comment upon the motion passed in the East Timorese Parliament this afternoon with respect to a regional processing centre in East Timor. Like Australia, East Timor has a vibrant, diverse and robust Parliament. I'm advised that somewhere around half of the Members of the East Timorese Parliament, which has 65 Members, resolved to call upon the East Timorese Government to not support a regional processing centre in East Timor. ... "

12 Jul 2010: Yahoo!7: East Timor rejects PM's refugee plan
Yahoo!7: http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/latest/7567759/east-timor-rejects-pms-refugee-plan/
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00094.html
"A rejection by East Timor's parliament of Australia's proposal to establish an offshore processing centre for asylum seekers is not necessarily a reflection of its government's view, Foreign Minister Stephen Smith says. East Timor's parliament passed a resolution on Monday to reject the Australian government's proposal to locate a regional processing centre there."

12 Jul 2010: SMH: Smith explaining asylum hub to Indonesia
SMH: http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/smith-explaining-asylum-hub-to-indonesia-20100712-107oh.html
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00094.html
"Foreign Minister Stephen Smith has defended his decision to visit Indonesia ahead of East Timor as he explains the government's plans for a regional approach to asylum seekers. Mr Smith will meet with Indonesian officials in Jakarta this week to discuss Labor's plans for a regional processing facility if it wins the coming federal election."

11 Jul 2010: ABC: Correspondents Report: Timor's Dilemma
ABC: http://www.abc.net.au/correspondents/content/2010/s2950058.htm
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00094.html
"On the streets of Dili this week there was little support for the plan. [to send asylum seekers to a processing centre in East Timor] (Man speaks) "How can we accept more people?" this man asks. "We don't even have jobs." "Australia is a big country, it's a rich country", another man says, "They can provide better conditions for asylum seekers than us"." Sara Everingham

11 Jul 2010: Age: Gillard to pursue East Timor
Age: http://www.theage.com.au/national/gillard-to-pursue-east-timor-20100710-1050w.html
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00084.html
"JULIA Gillard has promised to ''pursue with determination'' talks to convince East Timor to accept a regional refugee processing centre. Despite plans by East Timor's parliament to send a strongly worded statement voicing its disapproval about the plan, Ms Gillard yesterday said she remained determined to continue holding talks with Dili." Josh Gordon

11 Jul 2010: SMH: Govt lacks asylum seeker timeline
SMH: http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/govt-lacks-asylum-seeker-timeline-20100711-1058x.html
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00084.html
"Home Affairs Minister Brendan O'Connor can't say when a regional asylum seeker processing centre might be built, if Labor win the coming election. The federal government wants boat people arriving in Australian waters to be processed in East Timor, but Mr O'Connor said there was no timeframe for actually establishing the infrastructure."

10 Jul 2010: Age: Not on our soil: East Timor leaders
Age: http://www.theage.com.au/national/not-on-our-soil-east-timor-leaders-20100709-1046a.html
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00080.html
"EAST Timor's parliament is planning to make its disapproval of a refugee processing centre on its soil known by sending a strongly-worded condemnation of the proposal to Prime Minister Julia Gillard. The moves comes as Ms Gillard yet again adjusted her position on the location of the centre, conceding yesterday that she had said East Timor was ''a possibility'' for the site. " Tom Allard Dili and Michelle Grattan

10 Jul 2010: Green Left: Timorese activists: ‘We reject Australia’s racist policy’
GL: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/44727
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00087.html
"Luta Hamutuk, a Dili-based non government organisation, released the following statement on July 7. It was translated from Tetum by Tomas Freitas. ... The Luta Hamutuk Institute disagrees with and rejects this Australian foreign policy, which wants to use Timor-Leste as a place for detention of refugees looking for political asylum in Australia. The truth is if the Australian government properly understood the international convention, it would take responsibility for these refugees, not throw the problem to another country. ... "

Portuguese:
10 de Julho de 2010: SBS: Clinton Fernandes sobre plano para Timor-Leste: "um verdadeiro desastre para o governo australiano"

SBS: http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/portuguese/highlight/page/id/96472/t/Clinton-Fernandes-on-Timor-Leste:-this-is-a-real-disaster-for-the-government-of-Australia/
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00076.html
"O acadêmico e analista político Clinton Fernandes, em entrevista a Beatriz Wagner, da Rádio SBS, desde Díli, afirma que a Austrália terá que pagar um preço muito alto, "muito dinheiro, para manter a autoridade e a credibilidade da primeira-ministra Julia Gillard, que foram profundamente comprometidas" pelos seus planos de abrir um centro de processamento de refugiados em Timor-Leste. "O governo aqui ficou muito surpreso ao ficar ciente do plano pela imprensa, sem alertas anteriores", diz ele."

10 Jul 2010: SBS: Clinton Fernandes on Timor-Leste: "this is a real disaster for the government of Australia"
SBS: http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/portuguese/highlight/page/id/96472/t/Clinton-Fernandes-on-Timor-Leste-this-is-a-real-disaster-for-the-government-of-Australia/in/english
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00076.html
"Academic and political analyst Clinton Fernandes, talking to SBS Radio's Beatriz Wagner from Dili, says the price Australian government will have to pay is going to be very high, "a lot of money, to uphold prime minister Julia Gillard's authority... and credibility, which have been severely compromised", by her plans to open a refugee processing center in Timor-Leste. "Government here was very surprised, they learnt of the plan through the media, had no warning", says him."

10 Jul 2010: SMH: Give the money to East Timorese, says war veteran
SMH: http://www.smh.com.au/world/give-the-money-to-east-timorese-says-war-veteran-20100709-10426.html
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00080.html
"While humanitarianism is enshrined in East Timor's constitution, and its people have an affinity with those fleeing persecution after their suffering because of the Indonesian occupation, the country has far bigger problems to manage. These include widespread poverty and joblessness and a shortage of basic services. And the refugee centre plan would probably cause widespread resentment among its less fortunate citizens." Tom Allard, Dili

10 Jul 2010: Age: Policy must not lose sight of refugee realities
Age: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/editorial/policy-must-not-lose-sight-of-refugee-realities-20100709-103zj.html
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00080.html
"Whatever system is in place, Australia is legally bound to assess each asylum claim on its merits. ... However, Ms Gillard broke another rule that ought to be familiar to the lawyer in her: she raised a question in the court of public opinion without being sure of the answer. She floated the possibility of East Timor hosting a centre before its leaders had in any way agreed to such a request." Editorial

10 Jul 2010: SMH: Foundering PM refloats Timor solution
SMH: http://www.smh.com.au/national/foundering-pm-refloats-timor-solution-20100709-10413.html?skin=text-only
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00080.html
"THE Gillard government's on-again, off-again East Timor solution for asylum seekers is on again after the Prime Minister claimed she never said it was off in the first place. In Perth to placate small miners still unhappy at the proposed resources tax, Ms Gillard found herself having to repair the damage caused by her denial on Thursday that she had specified East Timor as the preferred location for a regional processing centre for refugees." Phillip Coorey and Tom Allard in Dili

10 Jul 2010: Reuters: Australia to hold boatpeople talks with East Timor
Reut: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE66A03120100711
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00083.html
"Australia will send officials to Dili this week for talks on creating a processing center for boatpeople in East Timor, Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said on Sunday. The officials would "start a detailed discussion" with East Timor's government about the proposal, floated last week by new Prime Minister Julia Gillard, said Smith in a TV interview."

Portuguese:
9 de Julho de 2010: SBS: Filomeno de Andrade: "Não é justo a Austrália 'passar a bola' do problema a Timor-Leste"

SBS: http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/portuguese/highlight/page/id/96452/t/Filomeno-de-Andrade-it-is-not-fair-for-Australia-to-transfer-its-problem-to-Timor-Leste
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00076.html
"Membro da direção do TAC/Conselho Timorense Australiano, Filomeno de Andrade, diz que a comunidade recebeu com bastante surpresa "a notícia até hoje impensável" de abrir um centro de processamente de refugiados em Timor-Leste. Em entrevista a Beatriz Wagner da Rádio SBS, e referindo-se ao anúncio da primeira-ministra australiana Julia Gillard, de que estava em conversações com o presidente timorense José Ramos-Horta, Filomeno de Andrade listou várias razões pelos quais a comunidade em geral é contra a idéia."

9 Jul 2010: SBS: Filomeno de Andrade: "it is not fair for Australia to transfer its problem to Timor-Leste"
SBS: http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/portuguese/highlight/page/id/96452/t/Filomeno-de-Andrade-it-is-not-fair-for-Australia-to-transfer-its-problem-to-Timor-Leste/in/english
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00076.html
"Timorese Australian Council committee member, Filomeno de Andrade, says that the Timorese community was very surprised with the "until today unthinkable news" of a refugee processing center in Timor-Leste. Talking to SBS Radio's Beatriz Wagner, Mr de Andrade listed the many reasons why this had a very negative response by the community."

9 Jul 2010: SMH: Some Ifs, but Timor Could Be a Solution
SMH: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/some-ifs-but-timor-could-be-a-solution-20100708-10276.html
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00077.html
"Beyond the posturing about Julia Gillard's Timor solution is the glimmer of a radical, innovative and potentially useful policy response to some difficult problems on asylum seekers. The core problem for Australia is how to stop people smuggling and save lives at sea while ensuring refugees are not abandoned and public confidence is maintained. Solving it involves a complex and delicate juggling act." Ben Saul

8 Jul 2010: east-timor: Timor-Leste News July 08, 2010
Horta talks with Australian new PM on detention center for refugee

Radio Timor-Leste, July 7, 2010 language source: Tetun
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00056.html

8 Jul 2010: east-timor: Timor-Leste News July 08, 2010
Timor-Leste has no proper conditions to set up detention center for refugee: Guterres

Radio Timor-Leste, July 7, 2010 language source: Tetun
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00056.html

8 Jul 2010: east-timor: Timor-Leste News July 08, 2010
Govt ready yet to receive refugees

Suara Timor Lorosa'e, July 8, 2010 language source: Tetun
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00056.html

8 Jul 2010: Age: Gillard's Dili Solution runs into regional strife
Age: http://www.theage.com.au/national/gillards-dili-solution-runs-into-regional-strife-20100707-100nx.html
ETAN: http://www.etan.org/et2010/07july/17/08gilard.htm
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00054.html
"PRIME Minister Julia Gillard’s proposal to set up a refugee processing centre in East Timor is unlikely to be accepted, one of the island nation’s most senior cabinet members has declared. A day after Ms Gillard’s plan was unveiled, East Timor’s Deputy Prime Minister, Jose Luis Guterres, revealed his nation had initially flatly rejected the idea and was now only considering it because it had been formally asked by Australia to do so." Tom Allard in Dili, Daniel Flitton and Misha Schubert

8 Jul 2010: SMH: Proposed refugee centre 'potentially volatile' for East Timor
SMH: http://www.smh.com.au/national/proposed-refugee-centre-potentially-volatile-for-east-timor-20100707-100qb.html
ETAN: [scroll down page] http://www.etan.org/et2010/07july/17/08gilard.htm
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00054.html
"IT'S not easy being Australia's buffer state. Like most people in her adoptive country, the Australian wife of East Timor's Prime Minister, Jose Xanana Gusmao, was coming to terms yesterday with the latest squeeze - Julia Gillard's proposed regional refugee centre in the tiny new nation. "I must say I was taken aback when I first heard about it," Kirsty Sword Gusmao told the Herald at Sydney University, ... " Hamish McDonald, Asia-Pacific Editor

Tetun:
8 Jullu 2010: Judisial System Monitoring Programme: JSMP Rekomenda ba Primeiru Minístru Australia atu respeita ba Konstituisaun Timor Léste

JSMP: http://www.jsmp.minihub.org/English/webpage/publica/JSMP%20Rekomenda%20ba%20PM%20Australia%20atu%20Respeita%20ba%20Konstituisaun%20TLBBTO.pdf
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00236.html
"JSMP rekomenda ba Primeiru Minístru Australia, Julia Gillard, atu respeita ba Konstituisaun Timor Léste wainhira halo negosiasaun relasionadu ho asuntu refere ba estabelesimentu sentru iha Timor Léste ba ema ne’ebé buka aziliu. JSMP hasai estetmentu ne’e hanesan resposta ida ba anunsiu husi PM Gillard iha Tersa Feira liu bá, depois halo konsultasaun ho Prezidente Jose Manuel Ramos Horta, katak Australia iha planu atu haruka ema ne’ebé buka aziliu iha Australia ba Timor Léste hodi halo prosesa legal ba sira."

8 Jul 2010: Judisial System Monitoring Programme: JSMP urges Australian Prime Minister to Respect Timor Leste’s Constitution
JSMP: http://www.jsmp.minihub.org/English/webpage/publi/PR%20Asylum%20seekers_e_04.pdf
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00236.html
"JSMP urges the Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, to respect the Constitution of Timor Leste in any negotiations relating to the establishment of an asylum seeker processing centre in Timor Leste. JSMP makes this statement in response to Gillard’s announcement on Tuesday, after consultation with President Ramos Horta, that Australia plans to send Australia-bound asylum seekers to Timor Leste for processing."

Portuguese:
8 de Julho de 2010: Forum Haksesuk: Centro Processamento de Refugiados e Asilos em Timor-Leste

FH: http://forum-haksesuk.blogspot.com/2010/07/centro-processamento-de-refugiados-e.html
"Caros Irmãos e Compatriotas timorenses, Surgiu novo assunto importante e urgente para ser o tema da discussão no âmbito de interesse nacional. É que a Primeira-Ministra Julia Gillard da Austrália recentemente abordou ao Presidente da República José Ramos-Horta, a sua intenção de abrir um “centro de processamento” dos refugiados/asilos politicos da Austrália no território de Timor-Leste. ... "

8 Jul 2010: Daily Telegraph: Julia Gillard's gaffe on Dili solution no consultation of Xanana Gusmao
DT: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/julia-gillards-gaffe-on-dili-solution-no-consultation-of-xanana-gusmao/story-e6freuy9-1225889134721
ETAN: [scroll down page] http://www.etan.org/et2010/07july/17/08gilard.htm
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00054.html
"PRIME Minister Julia Gillard's East Timor Solution may have already hit a wall after she failed to consult her East Timorese counterpart Xanana Gusmao. Ms Gillard on Monday night sought the support of East Timor President Jose Ramos Horta to build a facility to house Australia-bound asylum seekers." Paul Toohey

8 Jul 2010: Adelaide Now: Xanana Gusmao tells Julia Gillard to firm up asylum-seeker plan before calling
AN: http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/world/julia-gillards-asylum-seeker-plan-sinking-in-face-of-east-timor-opposition/story-e6freaa3-1225889206622
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00066.html
"EAST Timor's leader advises Julia Gillard not to call him about asylum-seeker plan until idea fully formed. Prime Minister Gusmao said he was currently "very busy" with other government business and that he had asked President Jose Ramos-Horta to continue discussions with Ms Gillard and report back to him when the plan was more mature, The Australian reported."

8 Jul 2010: Jakarta Post: RI, Australia to discuss plan on Timor Leste refugee center
JP: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2010/07/08/ri-australia-discuss-plan-timor-leste-refugee-center.html
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00065.html
"Indonesia would discuss with Australia over the latter’s plan to use Timor Leste as a regional refugee processing center, says Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, who reserved comment whether Jakarta supports or objects to the proposal." Lilian Budianto

8 Jul 2010: SMH: NZ refugee council slams E Timor centre
SMH: http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-world/nz-refugee-council-slams-e-timor-centre-20100708-101p8.html
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00068.html
"New Zealand should steer clear of backing Australia's proposed regional processing centre for asylum seekers, the nation's refugee council says. The New Zealand Refugee Council (NZRC) said Australia had different "asylum issues which are presently bound up in domestic politics related to their own upcoming elections"."

8 Jul 2010: Australian: Refugee proposal sparks NZ debate
Aus: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/politics/refugee-proposal-sparks-nz-debate/story-e6frgczf-1225889149832
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00068.html
"THE "regional solution" to asylum-seekers proposed by Julia Gillard has sparked a political debate in New Zealand. Opposition Leader Phil Goff yesterday questioned the value of establishing a processing centre in East Timor. "Why we should load this problem on to them; I just can't understand," he said. Mr Goff said that East Timor was already dealing with the problem of 100,000 internally displaced people."

8 Jul 2010: Australian: What about us, say asylum hosts
Aus: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/what-about-us-say-asylum-hosts/story-e6frg6nf-1225889175352
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00069.html
"PAULO Freitas spent 16 years in the armed struggle against Indonesia's occupation of East Timor. He lost his parents and a sibling in the war, and these days scrapes by on the poverty line, looking after a small Dili kiosk owned by his brother. But the idea that Julia Gillard would impose a massive new batch of refugees on a country barely able to stand on its own feet makes the 50-year-old wonder why he bothered."

8 Jul 2010: SMH: Afghan refugee embraces Timor solution
SMH: http://www.smh.com.au/national/afghan-refugee-embraces-timor-solution-20100707-100qc.html
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00069.html
"ALI, an ethnic Hazara who fled Afghanistan in fear of his life, has been stuck in Indonesia for more than two years and is desperate to come to Australia or another country where he will be safe. He is also a strong supporter of Julia Gillard's plan to throw up the barricades to boat people and send them packing to East Timor."

Spanish:
7 de Julio de 2010: El Periódico de México: Timor Oriental no quiere ser una "isla-prisión" para Australia

EPdM: http://www.elperiodicodemexico.com/nota.php?id=389806&sec=Internacional-Politica
"Sídney (Australia), (EFE).- El presidente de Timor Oriental, José Ramos Horta, respaldó hoy el plan de Australia de construir en la ex colonia lusa un centro para refugiados, pero afirmó que su país no se convertirá en una "isla-prisión"."

7 Jul 2010: Australian: East Timor asylum plan a legal minefield
Aus: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/east-timor-asylum-plan-a-legal-minefield/story-e6frg6nf-1225888713531
ETAN: [scroll down page] http://www.etan.org/et2010/07july/17/07etnot.htm
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00032.html
"EAST Timor MP Jose Teixeira was thoroughly perplexed yesterday by Julia Gillard's announcement of plans for an asylum-seeker processing centre. "It would be a legal minefield, to say the least, with the amendments that would be required to the Immigration Act to make it happen," said Mr Teixeira, who was resources and energy minister in the former Fretilin government and now sits on the parliamentary foreign affairs committee." Stephen Fitzpatrick, Jakarta correspondent, and Paul Cleary

7 Jul 2010: BigPond News: Ramos Horta - Don't make us an 'island prison'
BigPond: http://bigpondnews.com/articles/Politics/2010/07/07/Dont_make_us_an_island_prison_-_Horta_481690.html
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00033.html
"East Timor's president says he doesn't want his country to become an 'island prison' and any processing centre for asylum seekers would have to be humane. The federal government wants to process asylum seekers in East Timor, but it's not clear if the fledgling nation will agree."

7 Jul 2010: Deakin Speaking: Offshore processing plan: someone forgot to tell East Timor
DS: http://www.deakin.edu.au/deakin-speaking/node/124
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00061.html
"The announcement by the Gillard government that it intends to use East Timor as a processing stop-over for asylum seekers is either a very clever political ploy or a blunder that has the potential to derail her run for a second term for her government. At its heart appears to be a qualified endorsement from a man who has no capacity to offer it – East Timor’s President Jose Ramos-Horta." Damien Kingsbury

7 Jul 2010: SMH: Timor solution blind-side may backfire on Gillard
SMH: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/timor-solution-blindside-may-backfire-on-gillard-20100707-10067.html
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00060.html
"In East Timor, there is a feeling that they have recently been blind-sided twice by Australia. The last was the unilateral announcement by Woodside Petroleum to process liquid natural gas on a floating platform in the Timor Sea. The East Timorese government had expected to be consulted first, and to its own preferred option of on-shore processing. But this failed to happen and they were consequently furious." Damien Kingsbury

7 Jul 2010: Age: Gillard runs risk of destabilising already fragile neighbour
Age: http://www.theage.com.au/national/gillard-runs-risk-of-destabilising-already-fragile-neighbour-20100706-zz1x.html
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00033.html
"JULIA Gillard has taken a big gamble. A regional hub to process asylum claims can work to stop people risking the journey to Australia on the high seas - but by foisting it on East Timor, she may undermine the fragile nation on our doorstop that Australia has worked a decade to create." Daniel Flitton

7 Jul 2010: Jakarta Post: Planned refugee center in Timor Leste a ‘risk for RI’
JP: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2010/07/07/planned-refugee-center-timor-leste-a-%E2%80%98risk-ri%E2%80%99.html
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00051.html
"Australia’s plan to use Timor Leste as a processing center for foreign refugees would risk illegal migrant flows into Indonesia given the lax controls at the Indonesia-Timor Leste border, an expert and a legislator have said." Lilian Budianto

7 Jul 2010: SMH: Dili ready to help but says costs are a worry
SMH: http://www.smh.com.au/world/dili-ready-to-help-but-says-costs-are-a-worry-20100706-zz4v.html
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00033.html
"THE East Timorese President, Jose Ramos-Horta, is ''sympathetic'' to the Australian Prime Minister's request to set up a processing centre for asylum seekers in his country, but has not yet given his agreement. It would have to be part of a regional agreement, involve no cost for his country, and be a ''temporary'' arrangement with time limits on the handling of refugee claims." Hamish McDonald, Asia-Pacific Editor

7 Jul 2010: Australia Network News: East Timor president 'open' to asylum plan
ANN: http://australianetworknews.com/stories/201007/2946557.htm?desktop
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00049.html
"East Timor's President, Jose Ramos Horta says he will welcome refugees if they are sent to his country as part of Australia's new plan for handling asylum seekers. The Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, announced plans on Tuesday to send refugees to a processing centre in East Timor, with the aim of discouraging people smugglers. Dr Ramos-Horta says he is open to the idea, but would want the asylum seekers to be treated humanely."

6 Jul 2010: east-timor: JRH statement on East Timor solution
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00039.html
"President José Ramos-Horta, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, spoke yesterday on the phone with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Prime Minister Julia Gillard discussed with President José Ramos-Horta the issue of illegal asylum seekers and people smuggling. ... President José Ramos-Horta told Prime Minister Julia Gillard that he will have to discuss these issues with Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao before Timor-Leste can commit itself."

6 Jul 2010: ABC: East Timor 'not ready' for asylum centre
ABC: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/07/06/2946189.htm
ETAN: http://www.etan.org/et2010/07july/17/07etnot.htm
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00032.html
"East Timor's deputy prime minister [Jose Luis Guterres] says his country does not have the capacity to set up a regional processing centre for asylum seekers. Earlier today Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced the Government was negotiating with East Timor on setting up a centre to handle new boat arrivals before they arrived in Australia. ... "We have so many issues that we have to deal with and bringing another problem, another issue to the country, I don't think it's wise for any politician to do it," he [Jose Luis Guterres] said."

6 Jul 2010: Timor Hau Nian Doben: Some initial thoughts in response to Gillard's "East Timor" "solution"
Timor Hau Nian Doben: http://timorhauniandoben.blogspot.com/2010/07/some-initial-thoughts-in-response-to.html
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00042.html
"Gillard claims to have discussed the idea with HE Dr Ramos Horta, President of East Timor. Dr Horta is not the head of Timor's government. He has no responsibility in the area of foreign affairs. Constitutionally his role is primarily ceremonial. It's a bit like Barack Obama calling Quentin Bryce (Australia's Governor General) to negotiate a free trade agreement... it might sound good to the public but useless in real terms." Dan Nicholson, Timor Sea Justice Campaign

6 Jul 2010: Greens MPs: Gillard and Abbott locked in race to the bottom - Greens
Greens: http://greensmps.org.au/content/media-release/gillard-and-abbott-locked-race-bottom-greens
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00026.html
"The Australian Greens warn both major parties are participating in a race to the bottom on asylum seekers, with the Greens the sole voice of compassion and fairness following announcements from Prime Minister Gillard and Opposition Leader Abbott today. ... "Julia Gillard's continued suspension of processing of Afghan applications is cruel and her East Timor "Pacific Solution" is unfair. It is simply unfair to expect the poorest nation in our region, East Timor, to carry the humanitarian load of a nation as lucky and wealthy as Australia." [said Greens' Immigration Spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young]"

6 Jul 2010: Australian Human Rights Commission: More detail needed on new asylum seeker policy
AHRC: http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/media/media_releases/2010/71_10.html
"The Australian Human Rights Commission has called for further detail from the Government on the asylum seeker policy announced today, especially regarding the proposed regional processing centre in East Timor. Commission President Catherine Branson QC, said the Commission supported a regional approach to asylum seeker issues. “However, we are concerned about people who make claims for asylum in Australia being sent to East Timor for their claims to be processed,” Ms Branson said."

6 Jul 2010: SMH: Timor centre must be humane: Burnside
SMH: http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/timor-centre-must-be-humane-burnside-20100706-zyhs.html
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00033.html
"Prominent human rights lawyer Julian Burnside QC has given conditional approval to the proposed East Timor processing centre, providing treatment of asylum seekers is fair and humane. Mr Burnside said what was proposed was different from the former government's Pacific solution, although it would depend on the detail."

6 Jul 2010: BBC: Australian PM Gillard plans E Timor asylum centre
BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10518188
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00027.html
"Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced plans to create a refugee processing centre in East Timor. ... The BBC's Nick Bryant says that border protection looms large in the Australian psyche, and even though asylum seekers represent a tiny fraction of the country's annual immigration intake - just 1.6% - their unauthorised arrival has been magnified into a big political issue."

6 Jul 2010: Crikey: East Timor fix: costly & cruel
Crikey: http://www.crikey.com.au/2010/07/06/the-growing-cost-of-unedifying-asylum-seeker-policy/
"Unedifying, the Prime Minister called it. “How appalling it is that this is where the long-running debate on asylum seekers has taken us,” Ms Gillard said this morning. Indeed, Prime Minister. ... Taxpayers will be wasting hundreds of millions of dollars on several thousand asylum seekers, to assuage the xenophobic instincts of a few swinging voters in marginal electorates. Unedifying indeed." Bernard Keane

6 Jul 2010: Crikey: Gillard on asylum seekers: time for an East Timor Solution
Crikey: http://www.crikey.com.au/2010/07/06/gillard-on-asylum-seekers-time-for-an-east-timor-solution/
east-timor: https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00027.html
"Australia will establish a revised “Pacific Solution”, with Prime Minister Julia Gillard flagging a “regional processing centre” for asylum seekers to be based in East Timor, to where asylum seekers who arrive by boat would be redirected as part of a “regional protection framework”." Bernard Keane

6 Jul 2010: SMH: Gillard unveils 'East Timor solution'
SMH: http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/gillard-unveils-east-timor-solution-20100706-zy9s.html
"Julia Gillard has flagged offshore refugee processing through East Timor as she seeks to reposition Labor on the asylum seeker issue ahead of the federal election. The prime minister, in her second full week in the job, has torn up elements of Labor's border protection policy under Kevin Rudd and embraced the processing of refugees in third countries." Karlis Salna

6 Jul 2010: Age: Gillard's Timor solution dog whistles with the best
Age: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/gillards-timor-solution-dog-whistles-with-the-best-20100706-zydd.html
east-timor: [scroll down page] https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/east-timor/2010-07/msg00026.html
"It's not the Pacific Solution — it's the Timor Sea Solution. Julia Gillard's decision to ask East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta to allow a regional processing centre on his island sounds familar — as familiar as John Howard setting up just such a camp on Nauru." Tony Wright, Age national editor
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5 Jul 2010: FoxNews.com: Australia proposes East Timor as offshore center for assessing refugee claims
FoxN: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/07/05/australian-opposition-pledges-strict-refugee-policy-wins-elections-year/
"Australia's new leader proposed Tuesday that East Timor become a U.N.-approved processing hub for asylum seekers as a way to stem a recent influx of boat people from Afghanistan and other countries in Asia. Prime Minister Julia Gillard pitched the idea as a regional solution to part of a global problem, but it was squarely aimed at defusing a thorny domestic political issue ahead of elections expected within months."

5 Jul 2010: FOXBusiness.com: Australia Considers New Offshore Solution To Boat People
FoxB: http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2010/07/05/australia-considers-new-offshore-solution-boat-people/
"Australia's new Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Tuesday said she is discussing the possibility of outsourcing asylum claims to the tiny island nation of East Timor, to deter refugees from making the hazardous boat journey to Australia." Rachel Pannett


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