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Monday, 6 December 1999
Page: 12787

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in Parliament:

This petition of certain citizens of Australia draws to the attention of the House that the people of East Timor have overwhelmingly voted to become an independent and sovereign nation and the Indonesian Government has failed to fulfil its responsibility to maintain security in East Timor during the period of transmission to independence.

We therefore petition the House to require the Government and all responsible Ministers to:

(a) Withdraw Australia's de jure recognition of Indonesia's annexation of East Timor;

(b) Sever Australia's remaining military ties with Indonesia;

(c) Support calls for international institutions including the IMF and the World Bank to suspend all assistance to Indonesia;

(d) Call upon Australia's regional neighbours to bring all possible pressure to bear on Indonesian at a bilateral and regional level including through the APEC forum; and

(e) To act urgently to establish a peacekeeping force to end the military created anarchy that exists in East Timor and to protect the security of all citizens of East Timor.

by Mr Albanese(from 28 citizens)
by Mr Allan Morris(from 15 citizens)