Many Australian people believe that your Government has been generous to our people, but this is a misconception. Since 1999, Australia has provided approximately US$1.7 billion in military and civilian assistance for Timor-Leste through bilateral and multilateral mechanisms. During the same sixteen years, the Australian government has received nearly $5 billion dollars in revenues from oil and gas fields which rightfully belong to Timor-Leste. The more than three billion dollars Timor-Leste has “given” to Australia makes us your largest aid donor, not the other way around.
These are not the practices of a nation which values democracy, freedom and morality. In addition, Australia’s leaders showed their disrespect for the Timor-Leste people – a small, poor people who generously helped Australia during the Second World War against Japan, at the cost of 40,000 Timorese people’s lives.
Movimentu Kontra Okupasaun Tasi Timor [Tetum] (Gerakan Menentang Pendudukan Laut Timor) mengadakan demonstrasi menentang spionasi yang dilakukan Australia dalam perundingan-perundingan mengenai minyak di Laut Timor.