It’s a surprising breakthrough, and one we’ve long called for together. Now you need to make your voice heard and sign the petition for a fair go for Timor.
This week, Julie Bishop announced that Timor and Australia would terminate a dodgy Timor Sea Treaty and begin negotiations for a permanent maritime border. This major shift presents new hope for the people of Timor – to get back what is rightfully theirs.
But if history is our guide, we need to keep the pressure up right now.
Please add your signature to our urgent petition demanding a fair approach to the negotiations
It’s been a sorry story. For more than a decade, particularly under the Howard and Abbott Governments, Australia treated Timor with disdain. We withdrew recognition of international laws, used our disproportionate power as a wealthy nation, and even spied on previous negotiations using bugs planted during an AusAid project. We bullied a fledgling nation – and a dear friend – out of resources that are rightfully theirs. We cannot let our Government do it again.
The commitment this week from Minister Bishop is the first step in a long process, but it’s more promising than anything we’ve seen in the past.
While the new negotiations take place behind closed doors, Australians like you are determined to keep this issue in the spotlight. More than 200 supporters have funded this campaign, and thousands have pledged support. Together we can pressure Julie Bishop to adopt a foreign policy that we can be proud of. But it will only happen with your help – and your voice!
Ella & Tom
For the Timor Sea Justice Campaign
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