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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   Secretary:    PHONE: 08 8344 3511


May Day March Saturday 6 May 2017



* 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



Buy Community Lottery Tickets to Support Timor-Leste

Once again AETFA is raising money to support Timor-Leste: 1.) Campaign to achieve an equidistant maritime boundary between our two countries according to International Law and normal procedure, which will mean that Timor-Leste will receive the just amount of revenue from oil and gas resources in the Timor Sea.*  2.) Projects in Timor-Leste to assist Timorese social development.

Buy tickets online until 31 March for a double chance at the Prize. Lottery continues until 31 August in hard tickets

Click on link below to purchase tickets:

* A very successful film launch of Time To Draw The Line was held last Monday. Watch this space for further actions to support Timor-Leste’s quest for justice and equality.

Time To Draw The Line – tickets are available at the door

Time To Draw The Line – East Timor film night

Tickets for the film “Time to Draw the Line” are now available at the door on
20th Feb 2017 at 7pm
Capri Theatre, 141 Goodwood Road, Goodwood
Speakers: Janelle Saffin, adviser to ET govt and film producer; and Senator Sarah Hanson Young

To book online go to the following link:

If you would like more information or assistance with booking please call Andy 08 83710480 or Bob 08 83443511

Hope to see you at this very important event

Andy Alcock                                                                                                                                         Information Officer

TIME TO DRAW THE LINE – Updated details

The Australia East Timor Friendship Association SA invites you to see the documentary film:


Official AETFA SA/Timor Sea Justice Campaign Launch

Time to Draw the Line - web pic

Learn about how Australia is stealing resources from Timor-Leste’s half of the Timor Sea and why this is a cause of great shame to many Australians.

The East Timorese suffered much because of their support of Australia during World War 2, up to a third of them were wiped out during the illegal and brutal Indonesian occupation while our leaders cooperated with the Indonesian military and now we are stealing the resources from this tiny neighbour which is the poorest in SE Asia.

Watch the trailer:

TIME:         7 pm
DATE:        Monday 20 February 2017 (UN SOCIAL JUSTICE DAY)
VENUE:     Capri Theatre
( 141 Goodwood Rd, Goodwood)

Also hear key speakers:

                    Janelle Saffin  – former ALP MHR for Page (NSW)
- adviser to the Timor-Leste Government
- a producer of Time to Draw the Line

Senator Sarah Hanson-Young  – Greens Senator for SA

Tickets:     to be purchased on line with Demand Film:                            

Cost:         $20 waged     $15 concession

Reserve your tickets by Sunday 12 February to ensure the screening goes ahead.  The screenings will be cancelled if the reserve quota is not reached

More information from:
Andy Alcock, Information Officer                   Bob Hanney, Secretary
Phone:    61 8 83710480                              Phone: 61 8 83443511
0457 827 014                                                0469 359199
Email:          Email:
                                       (Affiliated to the Timor Sea Justice Campaign)

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


ALSO: Australian Greens Boothby branch screening of Time To Draw The Line:

Sunday 19 February, 4pm                                                                                                                    at Wallis Cinema Mitcham, Mitcham Square, 119 Belair Road, Torrens Park

Tickets at


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

Sign the petition

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!

Sign the petition: Tell the Foreign Minister to negotiate a fair boundary halfway between Australia and Timor.

Ella & Tom
For the Timor Sea Justice Campaign

P.S Spread the word by forwarding this email to a friend

Timor Sea Justice Campaign · Australia

AETFA SA is an affiliate of TSJC

You can also keep up with Timor Sea Justice Campaign on Twitter or Facebook.

Christmas Pop-up Shop for Timor-Leste on Sunday


Finished your Christmas Shopping yet?
Finish your Christmas Shopping at our

Christmas Pop Up Shop
handicrafts from Alola Foundation, Casa Vida & Kor Timor
Sunday 18 December 10amish – 4pm
in the One Small Room Alley
6 – 10 Elizabeth Street, Croydon
100% of Sales to be Donated to Casa Vida

Casa Vida provides access to vocational training & sustainable & meaningful employment which is essential in assisting to restore the hope & dignity of victims of sexual violence: which in-turn assists with their positive reintegration into society. We will continue to raise money for Casa Vida until the end of the year:

Can’t make it? You can make a donation via PayPal by going to our website:

Or via direct bank deposit:
Many Threads Project
Peoples Choice Credit Union
BSB 805 050
Account Number 100008578

Please advise us via so we can acknowledge your donation.


We support a range of social enterprises & women’s cooperatives in Timor-Leste by assisting them to expand their market in Australia. 

We have also provided support to the East Timor Students Association – SA & are looking forward to supporting the establishment of their Alumni Group in Timor-Leste & projects recommended by them such as their appeal for assistance for the children of Bobonaro in 2013.

For more information visit our website:

AWPA Adelaide ’s upcoming Melanesian Feast

Australia West Papua Association (SA) inc   

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invites you to attend a Melanesian  Feast

    from 1pm on Sunday 4th December

 at 99 Day Terrace, West Croydon


To celebrate the 1st December declaration of WP Independence  

Funds raised on the day will assist our human rights campaigns

Please  RSVP for catering purposes by Thursday 1/12

   to    or ph  either 83454480 or 83401847

The AWPA Annual general meeting will be held following the lunch

You can also go into Facebook and share this event with your friends at the link below


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

invite you to:



featuring The Queen of Ireland


5.30 PM:   Drinks & Nibbles Speaker: Sandra Dann (Director, WWC SA) – Update on the WWC-TL

6.45 PM:    Film: The Queen of Ireland

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

ADMISSION: Full Wage:  $20      Concession:  $15

TICKETS are available from:

SA Unions:     Gus Story          PH: 8279 2222     E:

WWC SA: Sandra Dann PH: 8410 6499 M: 0409 693286 E:

ASU (SA+NT): Jessie O´Neill PH: 8363 1322 E:

AETFA:     Donald Barnes      PH: 8359 3109 M: 0429 997169     E:


About the Film

The Queen of Ireland is a 2015 Irish documentary film directed by Conor Horgan. It focuses on Rory O’Neill, better known as Panti, in the lead up to the historic referendum on marriage equality for same-sex couples in Ireland. (Wikipedia)

Director: Conor Horgan. Music composed by: Michael Fleming. Cast: Rory O´Neill. Screenplay: Conor Horgan, Phillip McMahon. Producers: Katie Holly, Ailish Bracken


Sign Petition to stop Widodo appointing Wiranto to Cabinet/Comment from AETFA SA

Sign ETAN’s petition: Tell President Jokowi indicted war criminal Wiranto is not fit to be Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law, and Security Affairs.

For more information and to check out the East Timor (and Indonesia) Action Network (from the U.S) see:

It is very appropriate that Nicholas Koumjian, the Chief prosecutor for the UN Serious Crimes Unit in Timor Leste from 2003-2005, has written this article in the Jakarta Post (5.8.2016) about President Joko ( Jokowi) Widodo’s decision to appoint retired general Wiranto as the minister for security, political and legal affairs to replace another retired general, Luhut Panjaitan.
Many people will say “So what!” however, this action is equivalent to a post World War 2 German government appointing a Nazi war criminal to a senior posting. World leaders who claim they value democracy, human rights, social justice and the rule of law should be shouting loud condemnation at such an ill-advised decision.
Wiranto’s leadership of the fascist Indonesian army (TNI) in East Timor during 1999 led to the deaths of nearly 2000 more East Timorese and the destruction of 80% of the nation’s infrastructure. The TNI had already wiped out about a 1/3 of East Timor’s population in its brutal and barbaric 24 year illegal occupation of the tiny nation.
If a criminal like Wiranto had faced the Nuremberg Tribunal he might have served imprisonment for life sentence or been executed for his crimes. Instead, he is being rewarded by President Joko Widodo.  This decision is very controversial indeed because the President had promised a genuine inquiry into the crimes committed in 1965 during the CIA/TNI  brutal coup that smashed Indonesian democracy and ushered in the 33 year of brutal fascist rule of the Suharto dictatorship.
He also promised looking into human rights abuses in West Papua and appointed Luhut Panjaitan, another former senior TNI officer, to be responsible.This man has a cloud hanging over him because of human rights abuses that occurred in East Timor under his watch. 
President Joko must be advised that if he continues to make decisions like this, he will not be seen as being either genuine or serious about resolving the crimes of the TNI, attaining justice for its victims  or about improving the human rights of the West Papuan people and others who are forced to live under its jackboots.
Amnesty International is correct when it describes this move as an insult to international human rights. After all, Wiranto and many of his fellow generals have committed genocide and gross human rights abuses and the question has to be asked why world leaders who frequently promote the concepts of the rule of law and human rights are strangely silent about these war criminals?
It is to be hoped that when the new Indonesian minister for security, political and legal affairs  goes overseas to meet leaders of other nations that he will face extradition to the International Court of Justice. Of course, this is most unlikely as Indonesia is a client state of the US and most US allies would do nothing to criticise human rights crimes committed by the TNI as we have already seen.
Australians who care about human rights, the rule of law and fairness between nations should be questioning their federal politicians about why they are not speaking out against the Indonesian criminals. They might also demand that the Australian Government cease its continuing policy to steal oil and gas from Timor-Leste’s half of the Timor Sea in contravention of the UN Congress of the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). After all, this is a violation of international law and Timor-Leste is the poorest nation in our region of the world.
Andrew (Andy) Alcock, Information Officer AETFA SA
Aug 7

Two Public Meetings: Timor-Leste on 15 May and West Papua on 19 May

Australia East Timor Friendship Association S. A. Inc.
invites you to two public meetings in May. Details below -
1.) PUBLIC MEETING on Sunday 15 May 2016 at 3pm


* AETFA Committee tribute to committee member Bill Fisher
(died 22 February 2016)

David Willis, Flinders University
- “Three Choices for Timor: Contending with small state geopolitics”

* Spokesperson from the East Timor Students Association of SA (t.b.c.)
- Latest developments in Timor-Leste

Followed by questions and discussion

TIME:    3 PM

DAY:      Sunday

DATE:    15 May 2016

VENUE:   FILEF Centre, 15 Lowe St Adelaide (Entrance at rear)
Drinks and nibbles provided

This public meeting will follow the AETFA SA AGM at 2pm

For more information contact:
Andrew (Andy) Alcock
Information Officer
Australia East Timor Friendship Association SA Inc
Email:       andyalcock@internode.on
Phone:   +61 8 83710480; 0457 827 014


2.)  Special Invitation

Come to the Public Forum

‘Breaking the Silence’

Hear West Papuan Leader:

Benny Wenda

 Benny Wenda

6.00 pm for 6.30 pm

Thursday 19 May 2016

Lecture Theatre Napier 102, (First Floor Napier Building)

University of Adelaide

North Terrace Campus

(download map at

Benny Wenda, who is currently exiled in Oxford, England:

�        is a West Papuan independence leader and an international lobbyist for the independence of West Papua

�        has acted as special representative of the Papuan people in the British Parliament, United Nations and European Parliament

�        was appointed in 2014 as the spokesman for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), a new organisation uniting the three main political organisations struggling for the independence of West Papua

�        has been nominated for the second year in a row for the esteemed Nobel Peace Prize, awarded annually by the Norwegian Nobel Committee for  those who have �done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses�.

Entry gold coin donation        For further info please contact:

Dave Arkins 8345-4480

Rosemary McKay 0433 101568

The forum is presented by Australia West Papua Association (SA) Inc. ; United Nations Association of Australia SA Division Inc.; Australian Institute of International Affairs, SA Branch;   Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Adelaide;   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