[TimorLesteStudies] ANU Seminar: Paul Cleary: Rights, Poverty and Timor Sea Oil

Bu Wilson Bu.Wilson at anu.edu.au
Wed Feb 27 14:35:03 EST 2008


Mr Paul Cleary (Author, Journalist & Consultant; Author of Shakedown - 
Australia's Grab for Timor Oil)

Tuesday 4 March 2008, 12.30-1.30pm
Seminar Room B (Arndt Room) Coombs Building, ANU

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.

Paul Cleary speaks on his recent book "Shakedown: Australia's Grab for 
Timor Oil", which presents the inside story of Australia's attempts to 
bully East Timor out of a promising future in the Timor Sea oil dispute. 
A former East Timor government adviser, Cleary has a unique insight to 
the six years of bruising negotiations between Australia and East Timor 
that followed the independence ballot. His compelling book 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 Australia's 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.

Resource Management in Asia-Pacific Program
Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies
The Australian National University

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