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Join Janelle Saffin for this evening presentation to discuss the need for finding an acceptable solution on the issue of a maritime boundary between Australia and Timor-Leste.
The Friends of Baucau and Alola Australia join with the Centre for Global Research (RMIT) to discuss the need for finding an acceptable solution on the issue of a maritime boundary between Australia and Timor-Leste.
Recent allegations over spying and calls for a re-negotiation of the Timor Sea Treaty are only the latest controversies in a long-running series of tensions between Timor-Leste and Australia. Janelle Saffin––former Federal Parliamentarian and now adviser to the East Timorese Government––will present her views of how, over the past 15 years, Australia has succeeded in shortchanging the East Timorese of billions of dollars worth of oil and gas royalties. Moreover, she will argue that Australia’s insistence on a negotiated compromise to the sea border with Timor-Leste has failed to acknowledge the UN maritime boundary jurisdiction set by the UN Convention on the Laws of the Sea. Such an approach has brought forward many points of view, including a concern that aid to Timor-Leste is given by Australia without recognition of what is rightfully due to that country should the maritime boundary be based on international law.
This is a public event and we welcome people to come and listen, engage and learn about this important issue.
About Janelle Saffin
Janelle Saffin is a lawyer, politician and educator. She has previously lectured and published on constitutional law and is now the special adviser to the East Timorese Government on the Timor Sea Maritime Boundary. In September 2015 Janelle was included in a list of Australia's most influential women published by Fairfax Media and Westpac.
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