(Greens-Media) Downer shamed into concession but East Timor dispute not settled

Submitted by Editor on Fri, 13/08/2004 - 00:26

Foreign Minister Downer's pre-election retreat from his previous hard line against East Timor's right to oil and gas royalties is welcome but not enough, Greens Senator Bob Brown said today.

Willis, Katrina (Sen B. Brown)


Thursday, 12 August 2004

"The Australian government's handling of this issue has been marred by bullying, high-handedness and greed," Senator Brown.

"Reports that East Timor may now get half rather than one-fifth of the Greater Sunrise field royalties shows not just how justified the East Timorese refusal to accept the deal was but how angry the Australian electorate has been over the mistreatment of East Timor by the Howard government.

"The Greens will not accept any deal which falls short of an internationally arbitrated readjustment of the sea boundaries."

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Katrina Willis 02 6277 3170 or 0419 704 095

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