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Issue No. 138 31 May 2002  

Demonising Unions
There's a common streak running through the Liberal Party's prosecution of its witch-hunt of the building industry unions and the federal ALP leader's push to reduce the influence of trade unions within the Party. That's the view that unions are on the nose.


Interview: The Star Chamber
CFMEU national seretary John Sutton surveys the limited progress of the Cole Royal Commission.

Politics: The Odd Couple
After spending years yelling at each other, a couple of young factional players started talking to each other in the name of refugees.

Tribute: I-Conned
A rogue priest and Philip Ruddock have combined to leave master artist, Rados Stevanovic, living in a suburban park, as Jim Marr reports.

Media: Audiences Before Politics
The real challenge facing the new managing director of the ABC is how to make audiences central to what the national broadcaster does, argues Tony Moore.

International: The Off-Side Rule
It may be kick off time at the World Cup but unions in South Korea and around Asia are using the worldís biggest sporting event to focus attention on workersí rights, as Andrew Casey discovers.

Economics: The Fake Persuaders
Companies are creating false citizens to try to change the way we think, writes George Monbiot.

History: Terror Tactics
As the Howard Government prepares terror legislation to ban organisations, Neale Towart remembers a similar attempt at censorship in the name of security.

Poetry: Food, Modified Food
That old school yard joke "what do you get if you cross a ... with a ...?" is becoming startlingly true. The latest development is a featherless chicken.

Review: Spiderman Spins Out the US
Red Pepper's Rick Giombetti scales the big screen and puts Spiderman in his place, flying in the face of right wingers who would claim the Marvel Comic legend as their own.

Satire: England's World Cup Disaster: Star Hooligan Breaks Foot
The English World Cup 2002 campaign is in tatters after star hooligan Gerard Wilson of Chelsea broke his foot.


 Cole Suffers Credibility Crisis

 Councils Armed To Drown Sweatshops

 Miners Win Record Payouts

 Bracks Crew Not Family Friendly

 Time to Charge Directors

 Waterfront Truth One Step Closer

 Speedy Flow-On for NSW Workers

 Star Sin-Binning Prompts Inquiry Call

 New Chief Puts ABC Back In The Picture

 Getting it Wrong on Training

 Gravy Train Gets Richer For Max and Mates

 Reward For Delegate Who Stood Up

 Casino Workers Hit Mat Leave Jackpot

 Drug Haul Sparks Security Warning

 East Timorís MPs Take Australia On

 ACTU Officials Denied Visas Into Fiji

 Commemorate 100 Years of Votes for Women


The Soapbox
Modernising Labor?
NSW Labor Council secretary John Robertson argues that genuine reform of the ALP would go beyond the 60-40 rule, to increase the voice of unions within the Party.

The Locker Room
Juego Bonito
Forget the dour contests of the Premier League and Serie A, itís the World Cup which transforms football into the beautiful game. Noel Hester analyses the form.

Week in Review
He Who Pays The Piper
Money comes in all colours but, in politics, the hue is usually blue, as Jim Marr discovers Ö

Rich Pickings
Australia's wealthiest were on display this week as BRW released its annual Rich 200 list.

About Last Night
The CFMEU's Phil Davey, on an APHEDA -Union Aid Abroad delegation to Palestine, recounts his experience trying to get back to his hotel after dark.

 Simon and the Creanites
 In Defence of Latham
 Swans A Pathetic Con-Job
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East Timorís MPs Take Australia On

By HT Lee

East Timorís Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri was shocked to learn that Australia wonít be negotiating the maritime boundaries with East Timor.

Alkatiri thought he had an understanding with Foreign Minister Alexander Downer over lunch in Canberra just before independence that the issue of maritime boundaries is still on the table for discussion after the signing of the Timor Sea Treaty (TST) on 20 May.

'He made it clear at the lunch that they are prepared, they are ready to negotiate the maritime boundaries. This is the reality,' Alkatiri told ABC journalist Karen Snowdon in an interview for the Asia Pacific program recently:

This is the second time an 'understanding' Alkatiri had with Australia had gone soured. Alkatiri and the East Timor Transitional Authority (ETTA) negotiating team lead by Peter Galbraith were also led to believe the signing of the 5 July 2001 Timor Sea Arrangement would preclude Australia issuing 'exploration or exploitation of petroleum in areas outside the Joint Petroleum Development Area (JPDA) that are on the seabed claimed by East Timor.'

However, on 22 April this year, Australia issued a bid in the area known as NT02-1-- just outside the JPDA and adjacent to Greater Sunrise--an area that East Timor is contesting as within their rightful seabed boundary.

Commenting on this latest development, East Timorese opposition MP, Eusebio Guterres said he hoped Prime Minister Alkatiri will in future not fall into the trap of agreeing to 'a gentlemen's agreement or understanding' unless it is written down and signed somewhere on some piece of paper.

'In international politics and treaties, unless it is written down, it does not mean a thing,' Eusebio said.

Many East Timorese oppositions MPs and local NGOs have criticised the TST because under the treaty, 80% of Greater Sunrise--the largest of the oil and gas fields in the Timor Sea--falls within Australia's exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

Greater Sunrise has a gas reserve of 300 million barrels of condensate and 177 million tonnes of LNG, and is expected to return an estimated tax revenue expressed in cumulative dollars of the day of US$36 billion.

A working group-- consisting of local MPs and NGOs opposed to the treaty--the Independent Centre for Advocacy Research of Timor Sea (ICARTS)--has been established.

ICARTS is putting together a position paper calling on the East Timorese Parliament not to ratify the TST. ICARTS also wants East Timor to lodge an appeal with the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

According to Eusebio, Australia's intention of refusing to negotiate with East Timor over the maritime boundaries has left East Timor with no choice but to appeal to the international tribunal.

'East Timor's Parliament must, without any further delay, enact a legislation mapping out our seabed and maritime boundaries claims, and file an application with the ICJ at the Hague,' Eusebio said.

31 May 2002



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