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Upcoming Melbourne Events:

updated: 13 July 2006

East Timor events in Melbourne:

July 13 2006 Forum on East Timor: What went wrong? (GLW)
July 19 2006 Eyewitness: Crisis in T-L (AETA)
July 20 2006 A night at the movies (FoBaucau)
July 27 2006 West Papua Winter Warm-up Concert (FWPC)
Friends of Same events
Other Timor Events in Melbourne

Green Left Weekly Forum on East Timor with Vannessa Hearman 

Source: Vannessa Hearman

This event last updated: 9 July 2006:
Fretilin representative to speak at this forum

Dear friends, 

Green Left Weekly is hosting a forum on East Timor on Thursday 13 July at 6.30pm at the Resistance Centre, 5th floor, Druids House, 407 Swanston St Melbourne. Please find details below.

Please come along and invite others who may be interested. Hopefully we can have a fruitful discussion about the events in East Timor and how we can support this nation in the future.

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Green Left Weekly Forum
East Timor: What went wrong? What prospects for the future?
In 1999, East Timor chalked up a major victory by overthrowing the Indonesian occupation. This was also a blow for the occupation's major backers: Australia, the US, Great Britain. While hundreds of millions of dollars have supposedly gone into reconstruction, why is this country one of the poorest in Asia?
Where are the dreams of the first nation of the 21st century today? Who is to blame?
what will be the effect of the resignation of Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri?
Speakers : Vannessa Hearman & Alex Tilman
Vannessa Hearman lived and worked in East Timor during the United Nations transition rule and experienced firsthand the reconstruction and political process during that period. She was a campaigner and a spokesperson for the Timor Sea Justice Campaign in Melbourne. She writes for Green Left Weekly and is involved in Action in Solidarity with Asia and the Pacific (ASAP) and the Asia Pacific Justice Forum (APJF).

Alex Tilman is a Melbourne-based Timorese activist and is a representative of Fretilin here in Australia

Thursday 13 July, 6.30pm
Resistance Centre
Level 5, 407 Swanston St
Tel 9639 8622 or 0407 023672 for inquiries

Source: Australia-East Timor Association <>

The Australia-East Timor Association presents

Carmela Baranowska - Documentary Filmmaker & Journalist


(Port) Testamunha ocular: a crise em Timor-Leste
(Tetum) Testemuña: krise iha Timor-Leste

Event summary:
A preview of documentary film excerpts with commentary & discussion

Date: Wednesday 19th July
Time: 6.30 pm

Kaleide Theatre, RMIT Union
Ground floor, Building 8,
RMIT University City Campus
360 Swanston St, Melbourne
Victoria, Australia

**All Welcome**
A gold coin donation at entry would be appreciated

About Carmela Baranowska:
She is a Walkley award winning journalist and filmmaker who was the only Australian journalist continuously residing in Dili from the end of May until early July 2006. She is currently in post-production on "Welcome to independence", a feature length documentary which covers the years 2001-2006 in East Timor. "Scenes from an occupation" (2000) covered the last six months of Indonesia's occupation of East Timor. During the recent crisis she reported for SBS News, ABC Radio and Radio Netherlands.

Other activities:
* AETA Bookstall
* East Timor Women Australia (ETWA) craft stall

This event is an Australia-East Timor Association initiative.
For further information please contact AETA via our contact details below:

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Australia-East Timor Association (AETA)
PO Box 93
Tel.: 61 3 9416 2960

A Night at the Movies

Support Timor Leste in its time of greatest need!

The recent crisis in Timor Leste emphasises the need for long term development and stability. Help us help the people of Baucau, Timor Leste to build a secure and prosperous future.

Join us at Nova Cinemas to see ‘Ten Canoes’ on Thursday 20th July and help create a secure and peaceful future in Timor Leste.

Tickets: $16/$18 conc/full.

Buy or pre-book your tickets:
@ Friends of Baucau, Darebin City Councils, Preston from Josie. (ph) 8470 8657
or email:
@ Café Doppio, Shop 532, level 5, Australia on Collins, Collins St. Between Swanston and Elizabeth St. before 12 noon.
Or pick them up on the night.

Starting time: 6.30pm for coffee, cake and champagne before the movie.

Where: Nova Cinemas, 380 Lygon St., Carlton. (ph) 9347 5331.


The much anticipated new Australian film by Rolf de Heer.
Set centuries ago and in mythical times, Dayindi (played by Jamie Gulpilil, son of the great David Gulpilil) covets one of the wives of his older brother. To teach him the proper way, he is told a story from the mythical past, a story of wrong love, kidnapping, sorcery, bungling mayhem and revenge gone wrong.

In English storytelling form (by David Gulpilil) and subtitled Ganalbingu language, this surreal tragic-comedy is a film unlike any you have ever seen. This will be the first major Australian feature film completely filmed in an indigenous Aboriginal language.

Money raised will go to support Friends of Baucau, Timor Leste Programs.
Through the Baucau Buka Hatene, Friendship and Learning Centre, Friends of Baucau focus on supporting capacity-building programs to assist the people of Baucau create a better future. To find out more contact us at

Source: Natalie Moxham

West Papua Winter Warm-up Concert



27 July 2006, 7.30pm

Barbukka Bar
279 Smith St, Fitzroy

Contact: Jimmy

Friends of Same events link:

The Friends of Same web-site includes East Timor events of:
* the Friends of Same,
* the Friends of Aileu,
* the Australia East Timor Association (AETA),
* the Melbourne East Timorese Activity Centre (METAC),
* Timor Sea Justice Campaign,

and includes a range of other Timor events including:
* Conferences,
* Festivals,
* Information evenings,
* and various fundraisers.

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