[TimorLesteStudies] Timor Sea author at Melbourne Law School

Australia-East Timor Association aetamel at aetamel.org
Thu Aug 23 17:12:39 EST 2007

IILAH (Institute for International Law & the Humanities) in conservation
with Paul Cleary, author of 'Shakedown: Australia's Grab for Timor Oil'

Paul Cleary in conversation with Dr Jenny Beard will be discussing his
latest book "Shakedown: Australia's Grab for Timor Oil". The session will be
chaired by Associate Professor Sundhya Pahuja. Both Jenny and Sundhya are
co-directors of the law and development research program at the Melbourne
Law School.

WHEN: Wednesday, August 29, 6pm

WHERE: Room 920, Level
Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham St, Carlton (Melway Ref. Map 2B D9), Victoria

   In 2000 one of the poorest nations on earth began negotiations with
Australia over rights to the lucrative oil and gas resources of the Timor
Sea. With the revenue from the oil and gas fields, the young democracy of
East Timor would have a chance to secure its economic future. If Australia
would allow it. 
   In an ironic twist of fate, East Timor found that Australia, the country
which had delivered freedom to the Timorese by intervening against
Indonesia's bloody attacks in 1999, was now trying to deny it a fair share
of the profits.
   This is the inside story of Australia's attempts to bully East Timor out
of a promising future in the Timor Sea oil dispute. Paul Cleary, a former
East Timor government adviser, gives a gripping insider's account of the six
years of bruising negotiations between Australia and East Timor that
followed the independence ballot. In this compelling insight into
Australia's international operations, Cleary exposes the heroes and villains
who emerged in a one-hundred-billion-dollar shakedown.

   Paul Cleary began his career as an Australian journalist reporting on
economic and social policy, and on Southeast Asia. After serving a decade in
Australia¹s national press gallery he was awarded a Chevening Fellowship by
the UK Foreign Office, and after completing studies in London was appointed
by the World Bank as an advisor to the Prime Minister of East Timor on the
Timor Sea oil and gas negotiations. He now lives in Sydney.

RSVP to Vesna Stefanovski
Institute for International Law and the Humanities

Tel. (03) 8344 6589
Email: law-iilah at unimelb.ed.au

AETA will be selling "Shakedown' at this event.
Australia-East Timor Association (AETA)
PO Box 93
Tel.: 61 3 9416 2960
E-mail: aetamel at aetamel.org

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