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LATINRADICAL- Paul Cleary on East Timor. Economic crippling and the Australian Oil Grab

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Paul Cleary, author of a book about the Timor Gap treaty between the government of Australia and that of East Timor. Following; a review of the book from Eureka Street:

"On the Timor Sea, Alkatiri was a dogged and formidable foe for the Australians and for his trouble, he earned some extraordinarily hostile treatment. Cleary says the Australian government so disliked him that when the treaty was finally ready in 2006, Australia suggested that the foreign ministers of each country sign the deal, in the presence of their prime ministers, in order to avoid having Alkatiri sign it with Howard

This final agreement — the Treaty on Certain Maritime Arrangements in the Timor Sea — was a success for Timor, in that it was able to claw back a better share of resources. Timor’s resource share rose from 22 per cent to 60 per cent and revenue increased from 8.4 billion dollars to 24 billion dollars over the lifetime of the resources.

But from the disputed BCL fields, Timor gained nothing. These are the same fields from which Australia, since 1999, had been reaping $1 million per day."

Paul Cleary speaks with 2NimFM about the economic policies of the competing parties in the current Timor - Leste ( Timor of the East ) elections, coming up this 30 of June.

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