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Witness K is in the dock but institutions vital to Australia’s democracy are on trial

Some people seem to be above the law

Those people do not include the whistleblower and his lawyer, Bernard Collaery

  • Ian Cunliffe
  • The Guardian

Timor-Leste only achieved independence in 2002. It was Asia’s poorest country and desperately needed revenue. Revenue from massive gas resources in the Timor Sea was its big hope.

But it needed to negotiate a treaty with Australia on their carve-up.

Australia ruthlessly exploited that fact: delays from the Australian side in negotiating a treaty for the…

In November 2002 the former Australian foreign minister Alexander Downer told Timor-Leste’s prime minister, Mari Alkatiri: “We don’t have to exploit the…

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