[TimorLesteStudies] ANU Seminar: Paul Cleary: Rights,
Poverty and Timor Sea Oil
Bu.Wilson at anu.edu.au
Wed Feb 27 14:35:03 EST 2008
RIGHTS, POVERTY AND TIMOR SEA OIL
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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