[TimorLesteStudies] Timor Sea book launch - Melbourne

Australia-East Timor Association aetamel at aetamel.org
Fri Jun 22 12:08:50 EST 2007

Book launch for SHAKEDOWN: Australia¹s Grab for Timor Oil by Paul Cleary

Sponsored by the Australia-East Timor Association and Timor Sea Justice

Shakedown will be launched by Ian Melrose (Timor Sea TV and radio
campaigner) and Kevin Bailey (Honorary Consul for Timor-Leste).

WHEN: Thursday, June 28, 5.30 for 6pm

WHERE: Melbourne Trades Hall, Corner Victoria and Lygon Sts
Meeting Room 1, Ground floor. Enter from Victoria St.

    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.

For further information Tel.: 9416 2960 or Email: aetamel at aetamel.org
Australia-East Timor Association (AETA)
PO Box 93
Tel.: 61 3 9416 2960
E-mail: aetamel at aetamel.org

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