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Timor Leste's Petroleum fund


16Mb. 96kbps mono 21:42 mins.

Jennifer Drysdale at the Centre for Environmental Studies at the Australian National University spent 2 years in Timor Leste researching the governance of East Timor's hard won petroleum resources. Now, with the new Timorese Parliament taking control of the Petroleum Fund she talks with Nimbin Community Radio 2NimFm about the past and future prospects for East Timor's budding economy. The lineup of political parties that kept Fretilin out of government campaigned strongly on accusations that Fretilin was 'holding out' on the petroleum fund. Yet, the new parliament shows no signs of changing the Fretilin policy. Jennifer's PhD. research turns Australian media preconceptions on its head, indicating that the Fretilin policy was, in fact, what the people really wanted, and that Fretilin was actually responding to the popular will.



2 Com:

Dierk | October 01, 2007

Thank you Jenny, for a very interesting insight that no amount of listening to the popular media in Australia has given us.

It has struck me for some time that a cooperation of neo-liberal Australian political forces and significant church-based opposition in Timor-Leste (particularly to their secular education policies), almost in concert with views emanating from Indonesia, have painted Alkatiri and Fretelin in a very negative light, one that is not justified by their intentions, their policies or their actions.

Jen Drysdale | October 01, 2007

Apologies, I wish to clarify a misunderstanding - I thought the transitional budget of $108 million was to the end of this financial year, however it is only until the end of December 2007. This means that I can not comment on the new Government's expenditure being below a sustainable amount as I would need to know the full budget year's total.

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