[TimorLesteStudies] [BD Timor] Australian PM's proposal for Asylum-seeker Processing in Timor-Leste

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Australian PM's proposal for Asylum-seeker Processing in Timor-Leste:

9 September 2010

A collection of articles and news items about Australian
Prime Minister Julia Gillard's proposal to establish a
processing centre in East Timor for people seeking asylum
in Australia.

Please find below the latest ten articles from the website.
To read the full article click on the relevant link.
Articles are in reverse chronological order.
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8 Sep 2010: Age: Greens possible asylum sticking point
" THE Gillard government will have to negotiate with the
Greens to implement its East Timor solution for asylum
seekers. With a fragile hold on power in the lower house,
the government will need the support of each of its 76
backers to set up a refugee processing hub in a third
country, as promised before the election."

7 de Setembro de 2010: Governo de Timor-Leste:
Declaração do Porta-voz do IV Governo Constitucional
Timor-Leste congratula a Primeira-Ministra Julia Gillard
TLGov: http://timor-leste.gov.tl/?p=3806&lang=pt
"Em nome do Governo e do Povo de Timor-Leste, Sua Excelência
o Primeiro-Ministro Xanana Gusmão deseja transmitir as suas
mais sinceras felicitações e os seus melhores cumprimentos
à Honorável Julia Gillard, pela sua eleição como
Primeira-Ministra da Austrália. “O Povo da Austrália e de
Timor-Leste desfrutam de uma forte e sólida amizade que irá
ter continuidade sob a liderança da Primeira-Ministra
Gillard. Os nossos Governos irão discutir assuntos de
relevante importância e de interesse mútuo para ambos os
nossos Povos e estou confiante que iremos trabalhar num
verdadeiro espírito de amizade e solidariedade”. ... "

7 Sep 2010: Government of Timor-Leste:
Statement by the Spokesperson of the IV Constitutional Government
Timor-Leste congratulates Prime Minister Julia Gillard
TLGov: http://timor-leste.gov.tl/?p=3806&lang=en
"The Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, His Excellency Xanana
Gusmão, on behalf of the Government and the people of
Timor-Leste, wishes to extend warmest regards and
congratulations to the Honourable Julia Gillard on her
election as Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia.
“The people of Australia and Timor-Leste enjoy a strong and
mature friendship which will continue under the ongoing
leadership of Prime Minister Gillard. There will be matters
of significance that our Governments will discuss in the
shared interests of our people and I look forward to
working together in a true spirit of friendship and
solidarity.” ... "

1 Sep 2010: The Guardian:
Organisations demand protection for asylum seekers
CPA: http://www.cpa.org.au/guardian/2010/1470/04-organisations-demand.html
"The possible formation of a government that would include
the Greens and independents has led a group of Australian
non-government organisations, including the National Council
of Churches, Amnesty International, the Asylum Seekers
Resource Centre, the Refugee Council of Australia and 17
other organisations, under a Regional Refugee Protection
framework, to issue a joint demand for protection for asylum
seekers from unjust and inhumane government policies. They
have called for a regional refugee protection framework,
based on the following principles: * There must be no
removal of asylum seekers from Australian territory for
processing in a third country."

See: A Regional Refugee Protection Framework
- A joint statement by Australian non-government organisations

24 Agostu 2010: Forum Haksesuk:
Harii Sentru Prosesamentu Refujiados: Rai Timor La'os
Ilha Eskluziva Entre Nasaun Timor-Leste ho Nasaun Australia
"Proposta hosi Senhora Primeira-Ministra Austrália nian
hodi eskolha Timor-Leste sai Sentru Prosesamentu ba Nasaun
Austrália nian refujiadus sira, sai hanesan fali Nasaun
Timor-Leste ne’e “ilha ekskluziva” entre rai rua Timor-Leste
ho Austrália. ... Lae ba Sentru Prosesamentu Refujiadus
Austrália nian iha Timor-Leste!" Victor Tavares, Editor

24 Aug 2010: news.com.au:
Independent MP Rob Oakeshott offers softer refugee stance
"REFUGEE advocates hope independent MP Rob Oakeshott's
softer approach to asylum seekers will be a step forward in
the way they are treated. Mr Oakeshott, whose support will
likely be needed by the major parties to form government,
says Australia should avoid exporting its asylum seeker
problem to Nauru or East Timor."

22 Aug 2010: Catholic Weekly:
Refugees as election issue an ‘abuse of human rights’
"The Mary MacKillop East Timor Mission has deplored the
attempt to make asylum seekers an election issue and looks
on it as an “abuse of human rights”. “The effort to shelve
the problem on to Timorese soil highlights the neglect by
successive Australian Governments to educate our population
in the obligations we have as signatories to the Convention
on Refugees,” said Sr Susan Connelly rsj, assistant
director of the mission." Damir Govorcin

22 Aug 2010: Return to Rai Ketak: Prison island and boat people
RRK: http://raiketak.wordpress.com/2010/08/22/prison-island-and-boat-people/
"On the issue of a detention center in East Timor for those
seeking asylum in Australia: continued insensitivity by
both sides, especially in what relates to the eventual
location. One Timorese minister has suggested what he deems
to be a “win-win” idea to resolve the impasse – put them on
the Island of the Island. ... And so to put it simply: does
an independent East Timor want to re-veil Ataúro Island in
another “slow fog of agony”?"

20 Aug 2010: ABC Radio Australia:
East Timor disappointed over Australian PM's gas field comments
RA: http://www.radioaustralianews.net.au/stories/201008/2989229.htm
"East Timor has expressed deep disappointment in comments
from Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, regarding the
development of a gas field in the Timor Sea. ... The
Timorese Government says the remarks don't lift its
confidence in renewed cooperation on Greater Sunrise.
Australia's PM Julia Gillard wants to establish a refugee
processing centre in East Timor, the Timorese Government
says the two issues are separate." Sara Everingham

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