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Government denies justice to East Timor

The government has blocked a proposed Senate vote on alleged Australian spying on Timor Leste, but the Greens have warned that the messy truth will eventually come out.

Australian Greens foreign affairs spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam co-sponsored the motion with Senator Nick Xenophon, seeking to have the passport of a key witness returned so that he can give evidence in international arbitration brought by the Government of Timor Leste.

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Estimates: Declassification of East Timor diplomatic cables

Penny Wright 24 May 2012

Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee - 24 May 2012

Senator Penny Wright, on behalf of Greens East Timor spokesperson Senator Richard Di Natale asked questions in Estimates about declassification of documents relating to East Timor and Australian diplomatic cables from 1974 onwards.

Senator WRIGHT: Thank you for that [answer to my previous question]. I have a final group of questions in relation to the declassification of documents relating to East Timor.

Mr Wilkins : Yes, Senator.

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