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Wednesday, 17 November 2004
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To the Honourable The President and Members of the Senate assembled in Parliament:

We the undersigned appeal to the Australian Government regarding its conduct of negotiations with the Government of Timor Leste on the maritime boundary between the two countries and sharing of the Timor Sea oil and gas revenue.

We pray the Senate ensures the Australian Government:

negotiates a fair and equitable maritime boundary with Timor Leste according to current international law and the provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS),

responds to Timor Leste's request for more regular meetings to settle the maritime boundary dispute between the two countries within a more reasonable timeframe,

returns Australia to the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice and UNCLOS for the adjudication, of maritime boundary,

commits to hold intrust (escrow) revenues received from the disputed areas immediately outside the Joint Petroleum Development Area (RDA) of the 20 May 2002 Timor Sea Treaty for further apportionment between Australia and Timor Leste after the maritime boundary dispute between the two countries has been settled.

by Senator Nettle (from 1,002 citizens).