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"It would be a worthy tribute to the Australian military personnel who risked their lives in East Timor if John Howard returned all the Fretilin money plus interest and handed over all the revenues under the Timor Gap oil and gas treaties. This would do more for world peace and the Timorese nation than handing out tarnished awards to irresponsible politicians." Shirley Shackleton

Feb 8 HS: Matters that cause Australians shame and loathing  Letter added Feb 8

Letter by Shirley Shackleton.

Letters to the Editor,

Herald Sun, Melbourne

Funny Old World

On the day same day that Australia awarded the Order of Australia to a Mr. Gareth Evans, the Financial Times published a seminal article by Tom McCawley entitled 'East Timor demands oil money.' The text acknowledged that the United Nations regards The Timor Gap Treaty as 'illegal and invalid'.

This has been a matter for great shame amongst enlightened Australians and it should be noted that it was devised and signed in a blaze of triumphant publicity by the self same Gareth Evans who has been honoured with the Order of Australia. He was Minister for Foreign Affairs under the government headed by Paul Keating at the time the illegal and invalid treaty was signed. The other signatory to the now infamous  Timor Gap Treaty, Mr Ali Alitas was also awarded the Order of Australia (Honorary) . This has cheapened The Order of Australia.

I take this opportunity to point out another matter that causes we Australians shame and loathing. In 1975 the Fretilin Political Party transferred all of its funds to Australia for safe keeping in the event of an Indonesian invasion. The signatories were all murdered in the wake of the brutal invasion that took place in December 1975 and the money was placed into Australian Internal Revenue where it has remained for a quarter of a century earning healthy interest rates while the East Timorese suffered and starved.

It is time both these matters were resolved in favour of the new nation. It would be a worthy tribute to the Australian military personnel who risked their lives in East Timor if John Howard returned all the Fretilin money plus interest and handed over all the revenues under the Timor Gap oil and gas treaties. This would do more for world peace and the Timorese nation than handing out tarnished awards to irresponsible politicians.

Shirley Shackleton


See also:

BD TIMOR OIL: A collection of recent Reports, Position statements, Petitions, Articles and News


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