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Thursday, 9 December 2004
Page: 8

Senator NETTLE (9:57 AM) —I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) that the inaugural Dr Andrew McNaughtan memorial lecture was delivered on 7 December 2004, which also marks the 29th anniversary of the Indonesian invasion of East Timor,

(ii) Dr McNaughtan's major contribution to the struggle of the East Timorese people, including his work to achieve economic justice in relation to the Timorese claim to oil and gas reserves in the Timor Sea,

(iii) the remarks of Timorese Foreign Minister, Mr Jose Ramos Horta, who said last week that Australia's reduced compensation offer to Timor Leste `amounted to an unacceptable blackmail', and

(iv) the patronising and inaccurate comments by the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mr Downer) in response to East Timorese dissatisfaction with the Australian Government's compensation offer when he said `East Timor wouldn't be an independent country if it wasn't for Australia'; and

(b) calls on the Government to:

(i) negotiate a fair and equitable maritime boundary with Timor Leste according to current international law and the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea,

(ii) respond to the request by Timor Leste for more regular meetings to settle the maritime boundary dispute between the two countries within a more reasonable timeframe,

(iii) return Australia to the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea for the adjudication of maritime boundaries, and

(iv) commit to hold in trust revenues from disputed areas immediately outside the Joint Petroleum Development Area 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.