MARCH ON MAY DAY (Adelaide) to Support West Papuan Freedom and Celebrate Timor Leste’s Victory in the Maritime Boundary Dispute

Watch out for the AETFA SA and Australia West Papua Assoc. SA banners and combined stall!
SA MAY DAY MARCH & RALLY 2018

SATURDAY 5 MAY 2018

MARCH:  ASSEMBLY TIME: 10 AM  VENUE: Victoria Square Adelaide

MARCH STARTING TIME: 10.30 PM (Depart for rally at Light Square)

RALLY:  TIME: 11 AM (approximately)  VENUE: Light Square

Speeches, music, kids’activities etc

SUPPORT THE ACTU CHANGE THE RULES CAMPAIGN & INTERNATIONAL STRUGGLES FOR PEACE, SOCIAL JUSTICE & HUMAN RIGHTS

CELEBRATE TIMOR-LESTE’S MORAL VICTORY OVER THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT IN THE INTERNATIONAL PERMAMENT COURT & DEMAND THAT AUSTRALIA PAYS BACK THE MONEY FOR TIMOR-LESTE’S RESOURCES TAKEN FROM ITS 1/2 OF THE TIMOR SEA (at least $5 billion!)

PROTEST AGAINST:                                                                                                                          * THE CONTINUED INDONESIAN MILITARY GENOCIDE IN WEST PAPUA

CALL FOR:                                                                                                                                         * A UN INTERNATIONAL PEACE KEEPING FORCE TO ENTER WEST PAPUA & ALLOW A UN SUPERVISED INDEPENDENCE REFERENDUM THERE SO THAT WEST PAPUANS CAN DETERMINE THEIR OWN POLITICAL FUTURE

* DEMAND THAT THE AUSTRALIA GOVERNMENT PAY THE TIMOR-LESTE GOVERNMENT FOR THE OIL & GAS RESOURCES IT HAS TAKEN FROM THE POOREST NATION IN SE ASIA

* DEMAND THAT THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT TAKE STEPS TO MAKE AUSTRALIA AN INDEPENDENT, NON-ALIGNED, FREE AND PEACEFUL NATION THAT WORKS FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE, SOCIAL JUSTICE AND EFFECTIVE CARE OF THE ENVIRONMENT – INSTEAD OF SUPPORTING US IMPERIAL WARS

Other May Day Events:

PORT ADELAIDE WORKERS’ MEMORIAL SERVICE                                                        SUNDAY 6 MAY 2018    10 AM                                                                                                      VENUE:    Workers Memorial / Port Adelaide Information Centre                                                             – NW corner of St Vincent St & Commercial Rd intersection, Port Adelaide

 followed by morning tea in the nearby town council centre provided by the  Port  Adelaide – Enfield Council

 NOTE: 2018 is the centennial of the erection of the Workers’ Memorial

SEMAPHORE WORKERS’ CLUB MAY DAY BBQ                                                                  SUNDAY 6 MAY 2018     12 NOON                                                                                             VENUE:        SEMAPHORE WORKERS’ CLUB    93 Esplanade, Semaphore

ASIS ATTEMPTS TO COVER UP

AETFA SA MEDIA STATEMENT 27 APRIL 2018:

ASIS ATTEMPTS TO COVER UP DETAILS RE THE MURDER OF THE BALIBO 5 IN 1975

The Australia East Timor Friendship Association of SA today released the following statement after the announcement by Paul Symon, the Director-General of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) that he intended to appear in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal to put forward his organisation’s case to stop the release of documents related to the 16 October 1975 murder by personnel of the Indonesian military (TNI) of 5 Australian based journalists in Balibo, East Timor: These men are now known as the Balibo 5.

“The statement by Paul Symon, the ASIS Director-General on 27 April 2018 that he would appear in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal to prevent the release of the agency’s documents related to the murder of the Balibo 5, is an indication that he will go to any lengths to attempt to cover up what ASIS knew about the murders of these men and the subsequent liquidation of about a third of the East Timor population by the Indonesian military (TNI) during its 24 year illegal and brutal occupation of that country.

Australians who believe in justice and human rights welcome the tenacity of Professor Clinton Fernandes of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Canberra Campus of the University of NSW who has been calling for the release of these documents for many years.

Mr Symon claims that this is a matter of national security. AETFA SA believes that this is totally untrue.

What he and the Acting Attorney General, Greg Hunt, are attempting to do is to prevent Australians from knowing to what lengths ASIS has gone to in the past to support cover-ups of crimes against humanity committed by the TNI in East Timor and West Papua and similar crimes committed by the Chilean military and the CIA in Chile in 1973.

Of course, the claim about dangers to Australian security were made by the former attorney-general, George Brandis, when he authorised the ASIS illegal surveillance of the Timor-Leste negotiating team during the early days of negotiations over the maritime boundary in the Timor Sea. What it was about was Australia trying to get a very unfair commercial advantage over our loyal WW2 ally and the poorest nation in SE Asia and had nothing whatsoever to do with national security.

In addition, the decision by Greg Hunt and Paul Symon means that they are prepared to oppose justice for the Balibo 5 and their families.

We are frequently told by the members of the current government that they believe in the rule of law, democracy and uphold human rights. Massive crimes have been committed by the TNI in Indonesia, East Timor and West Papua. These crimes are viewed by many human rights observers as being as serious as those committed by the Nazis during WW2.

Australians who pride themselves as supporting human rights, democratic rights and freedom want to know why our governments have refused to act against violations of these principles and, indeed, been willing to protect the perpetrators.

Fair minded Australians would support Greig Cunningham, the brother of Gary Cunningham, one of the Balibo 5, when he said that after 43 years the families are entitled to know the truth. The Balibo 5 and their families also deserve justice, as do the East Timorese and the West Papuans, who have suffered genocide at the hands of the TNI. The silence from Australian governments and our security organisations indicate that they have little commitment to the principles of justice, democracy or the rule of law.

When the history of the murder of the Balibo 5 is finally written, Professor Clinton Fernandes, and representatives of the Balibo 5 families, like Shirley Shackleton and Greig Cunningham, will be seen as heroes, and our political leaders and security personnel who aided and abetted the TNI will be seen as being extremely tawdry.

Australians need to ensure that our future political leaders will work for peace, justice and human rights in world affairs and to do this we will need to be an independent, free and non-aligned nation”.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-27/asis-chief-to-front-tribunal-to-keep-east-timor-documents-secret/9700184

 

QUIZ NIGHT FOR TIMOR-LESTE

Quiz Night
Para Hills Modbury Catholic Parish, East Timor committee
Saturday 26th May 2018
7.30 pm start
Holy Trinity Catholic Church Hall, Kesters Road Para Hills
* Admission $10 pp * Table bookings: 8-10 people *

BYO Drinks and Supper
Tea and coffee available – gold coin donation appreciated

* Lots of Prizes   * Auction   * Raffle

Bookings: Place your name on the Booking Sheets at St John XXIII, Holy Trinity or phone the Parish office on 8264 7590

All proceeds to our sister diocese of Maliana, East Timor

for clean water and electricity projects & repairs to computers

 

Community Lottery for AETFA projects now online

Hi. 2018 Community Lottery tickets are now available online. All monies for tickets go to the Australia East Timor Friendship Assoc SA for Timor Leste projects, incl. advocacy and the Working Womens Centre in Dili. Those buying tickets online before the end of April get 2 chances to win a prize.

Thankyou for your continued support and goodluck! Just click on the link below:-

www.peopleschoicecu.com.au/australia-east-timor-friendship-association-of-sa/

Bob Hanney
Secretary

AT LAST SOME JUSTICE FOR TIMOR-LESTE IN THE TIMOR SEA BUT MORE NEEDED

AETFA SA MEDIA STATEMENT 8 MARCH 2018:
The Australia East Timor Friendship Association of SA today released the statement below following the announcement that agreement had been reached between the governments of Australia and Timor-Leste that the maritime boundary between the two nations will be the midline between their coastlines:

“The agreement signed by Agio Pereira for Timor-Leste and Julie Bishop for Australia is a truly historic occasion because, finally, the Australian Government has been forced to accept the principle of international law (the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea or UNCLOS) in relation to the maritime border between the two nations in the Timor Sea.

However, it is not a proud moment for Australia, whose leaders from the beginning of negotiations on 2002, sought to cheat Timor-Leste, the poorest nation in the region that was still recovering from 24 years of brutal occupation by the Indonesian military (TNI) out of its fair share of the oil and gas resources in its half of the Timor Sea.

Later, the Timor-Leste Government took Australia to an International Court over allegations of ASIS (Australian Security Intelligence Service) spying on its negotiating team in 2005 and accused it of bullying tactics during the early stages of its Independence forcing the new East Timorese nation to accept an unfair deal.

Then in 2016, Dili took the maritime border dispute to the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague. The International Court ordered compulsory arbitration between the two parties which has finally led to the current agreement. The response of the then Attorney General, George Brandis was to order an ASIO (Australian Security Intelligenc Organisation) raid on the office of Bernard Collaery, the Australian lawyer who was representing the government of Timor-Leste and to withdraw the passport of Witness K, a former Australian military intelligence officer, who became a whistle blower because of Australia’s unfair treatment of Timor-Leste. Many international legal observers consider that these tactics were intended to pervert the course of justice.

These outrages followed the 24 years of aiding and abetting the TNI during its long and illegal occupation of East Timor. All of this has to be considered as a disgraceful and contemptible way to treat our valiant World War 2 ally whose people suffered greatly at the hands of the Japanese military for supporting Australia.

If Australia is acting in good faith, it should return the royalties for the resources that were removed from Timor-Leste’s half of the Timor Sea to help it provide urgently needed humanitarian, rebuilding and development programs to build a healthy and viable nation in the future. Its people still suffer high levels of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, malnutrition, youth unemployment, illiteracy,and infant mortality.

While AETFA SA is pleased that the East Timorese have gained some justice with the signing of the treaty, it notes that there is still disagreement over how to share revenue from the lucrative Greater Sunrise oil and gas field in the Timor Sea which analysts have valued at between $40 and $50 billion. Timor-Leste wants a 70:30% split in its favour with processing being done in Timor-Leste. Australia wants to share profits with an 80-20 percent split in Timor-Leste’s favour, but with oil and gas processed in Darwin.

AETFA SA would ask why Timor-Leste should only receive 70% or 80% of the revenues given that 100% belongs to them ? It would be much fairer for the Australian Government to offer 90% of the revenues to Timor-Leste and offer a high percentage of staff positions in the refinery industry go to East Timor engineers, geologists, technicians.

Don Rothwell, an expert in international maritime law at the Australian National University has said that the opportunity for a gas processing industry was “worth more to Timor than to Australia”- especially the dire struggle for independence against incredible odds. Surely Australian leaders could show some compassion and fairness to our struggling neighbour that faces so many challenges as it seeks to be an economically viable nation instead of continuing the mean minded treatment of a people who have been out loyal friends”.

Andrew (Andy) Alcock

Information Officer

AETFA SA Inc

Phone: 61 8 83710480

0457 827 014

Email: andyalcock@internode.on.net

AETFA SA – 43 YEARS OF SOLIDARITY WITH TIMOR-LESTE FOR INDEPENDENCE & JUSTICE

( AETFA SA was originally the Campaign for an Independent East Timor SA until Timor-Leste’s independence in 2002)

PUBLIC MEETING ON WEST PAPUA – 2 November 2017

An update on the West Papuan Struggle

The Long Road to Self Determination

West Papua takes its case to the United Nations

6.30 for 7 p.m. start

Thursday 2nd November 2017

St Francis Cathedral Hall, 65 Wakefield Street, City

Speakers

Rex Rumakiek: Executive member of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, ULMWP, who with Benny Wenda, jointly presented a petition signed by 1.8 million West Papuans to the U.N. demanding a new independence referendum.

Peter Arndt: Executive Officer, Catholic Justice & Peace Commission of Brisbane,who recently visited West Papua and has since issued a report documenting recent military and police intimidation, beatings and torture, kidnapping and murder in West Papua. He also personally presented the report at a U.N. meeting on Human rights in Geneva this year.

https://www.ulmwp.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Benny-Wenda-presenting-West-Papuan-Peoples-Petition-to-Jeremy-Corbyn-300x225.jpg                                          Rex Rumakiek                                  UK Opposition Leader Hon. Jeremy Corbyn MP being presented with a copy of the petition by Benny Wenda, and picture Rex Rumakiek

Entry gold coin donation         For further info Contact:

Dave Arkins 8345-4480 dave-arkins@bigpond.com.au

Rosemary McKay 0433 101568 scotiaforever@hotmail.com

The forum is presented by Australia West Papua Association (SA) Inc.; Australian Institute of International Affairs, SA Branch; Australia East Timor Friendship Association, SA Inc.; The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom SA Branch; Sister Janet Mead and The Romero Community

FILM BENEFIT FOR WORKING WOMEN’S CENTRE TIMOR-LESTE

SA Unions, the SA Working Women’s Centre, the APHEDA Union Aid Abroad Activist Group SA & Australia East Timor Friendship Association

invite you to:

A FILM BENEFIT NIGHT

for TIMOR-LESTE’S WORKING WOMEN’S CENTRE

featuring BATTLE OF THE SEXES [PG]

WEDNESDAY 18 OCTOBER 2017
530 PM: Drinks & Nibbles. Speaker: Sandra Dann (Director, WWC SA) – Update on the WWC-TL

6.45 PM: Film: BATTLE OF THE SEXES (starring Emma Stone & Steve Carell)

VENUE: The CAPRI THEATRE 141 Goodwood Road, Goodwood SA 5034

ADMISSION: $20

TICKETS available from:

SA Unions: Gus Story: Phone: 8279 2222 Email: astory@saunions.org.au

WWC SA: Sandra Dann: Phone: 8410 6499 Mobile: 0409 693286 Email: sandra@wwc.org.au

ASU (SA+NT): Jessie O´Neill: Phone: 8363 1322 Email: joneill@asu-sant.asn.au

AETFA SA: Donald Barnes: Phone: 8359 3109 Mobile: 0429 997 169 Email: dbarnes@adam.com.au

Andy Alcock: Phone: 83710480 Mobile: 0457 827 014 Email: andyalcock@internode.on.net

or make a DIRECT BANK PAYMENT:

Account name: AETFA SA BSB: 105-900 Account Number: 952850740 Description: Battle of Sexes Email: dbarnes@adam.com.au

If you pay online, tickets will be held at the door on the evening of the film.

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About the Film
Battle of the Sexes is based on the true story of the famous Bobby Riggs/Billie Jean King tennis challenge of 1973, in which the aging and sexist hustler challenged not only one of the game’s best female tennis players, but also its strongest feminist voice and is set at a time when sexism was very ugly.

“You’re so equal, get on the court and face me,” Riggs brayed. “Or get back in the kitchen!”

There are some faults on the facts of the story. But it aces the important things — the tennis and the politics and the people

The film is directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris and stars Academy Award winner, Emma Stone, as Billie Jean King and & Academy Award nominee winner, Steve Carell, as Bobby Riggs

See the following website for a full review and the trailer: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/movies/emma-stone-steve-carell-ace-battle-sexes-review-article-1.3504046

PETITION ABOUT JUSTICE IN THE TIMOR SEA NOW ON LINE

Petition to the House of Representatives for equidistant maritime border between Timor Leste and Australia

Sister Susan Connelly, the author of the justice in the Timor Sea petition, has announced that it can now be signed on line. hard copy petitions are also available from AETFA SA

Please support and share widely…

Go to: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Petitions/House_of_Representatives_Petitions/Petitions_General/Petitions_List?id=EN0232

.

The page will ask for your name and your email address, that’s all.

You could put it out on social media. …FaceBook and Twitter etc.

Send it to all your contacts!

This link will be live for four weeks only and the cut-off date is 28 June.

Mr Tony Burke MP will be presenting the Petition in Parliament, on a date to be advised.

Best wishes to all
Susan

Sister Susan Connelly

14 Yerrick Road

Lakemba NSW 2195

0498 473 341

http://www.timfo.org

TIME TO DRAW THE LINE Public Meeting

The Australia East Timor Friendship Association (South Australia) invites you to a ………

PUBLIC MEETING

TOPIC: TIMOR SEA JUSTICE CAMPAIGNWHERE TO?

TIME: 3 PM
DAY: Sunday
DATE: 4 June 2017

VENUE: FILEF Meeting Room
15 Lowe St, Adelaide

SPEAKERS: * Dr Richie Gun (AETFA SA)

* Dr Ian Leitch (Hon. Timor Leste Consul to SA) pending confirmation

* Speaker from the East Timor Students Association SA to give an update on key issues in Timor-Leste (tba)

Members & intending members
Please Note: This public meeting will follow the AETFA SA AGM which will be at 2pm
ALL WELCOME

Followed by questions and discussion

Drinks and nibbles provided

Bob Hanney
Secretary

Email: bobhanney48@gmail.com

Phone: +61 8 83443511;

Andy Alcock
Information Officer

Email: andyalcock@internode.on.net

Phone: +61 8 83710480; 0457 827 014

AETFA SA – 41 YEARS OF SOLIDARITY WITH TIMOR-LESTE FOR INDEPENDENCE & JUSTICE

( AETFA SA was originally the Campaign for an Independent East Timor SA until Timor-Leste’s independence in 2002)

March on May Day for Timor-Leste Justice and West Papua Freedom

Australia East Timor Friendship Association South Australia Inc

AETFA-SA, PO BOX 240, GOODWOOD SA 5034
www.aetfa.org.au   Secretary: bobhanney48@gmail.com    PHONE: 08 8344 3511

MAY DAY ACTIVITIES 2017

May Day March Saturday 6 May 2017

HANDS OF TIMOR’S OIL & GAS

INDONESIAN MILITARY OUT OF WEST PAPUA

* March with the Australia East Timor Friendship Association SA & Australia West Papua Association SA

* look for the AETFA SA & HANDS OFF TIMOR’S OIL & West Papua banners & flags

* Demand that the Australian Government stops stealing Timor-Leste’s oil and gas from its 1/2 of the Timor Sea

* Meet at southern end of Tandanyangga (Victoria Square) with Donald Barnes, Bob Hanney & Sandra Dann

Theme of May Day 2017: Jobs with Justice at Home and Abroad

Time: 10.00 am  (moving off 10.30am)

Day: Saturday

Date: 6 May 2017

March from Victoria Square, South to Light Square

Speeches, music, food, drink & kids entertainment at Light Square

AETFA SA will have a stall at Light Square

– buy some Timor Organic Coffee, sign a petition & obtain information

HANDS OFF TIMOR’S OIL & GAS!

VIVA TIMOR-LESTE INDEPENDENTE!