The following resolution was passed at the Australian Labor Party National Conference held in Melbourne Australia, 26 July 2015. It was proposed by Ms Janelle Saffin and seconded by Shadow Attorney General Mr. Mark Dreyfus.
What a wonderful effort to put right the relationship with Timor-Leste and to engage on this issue in a constructive way. We hope that this becomes a bipartisan policy to guide relations with our neighbour. Come on Aussie!
The resolution reads:
1. The Australian Labor Party is committed to maintaining a close and positive relationship with the people of Timor-Leste.
2. In Government, Labor will enter into structured engagement with Timor-Leste to negotiate the settlement of maritime boundaries between our two countries.
3. Labor reaffirms our commitment to a rules-based international system, underpinned by a philosophy of mutilateralism and institutions like the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
4. In light of this, in Government Labor will review its reservations to the United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) to the settlement of maritime boundary disputes through the ICJ and theInternational Tribunal of the Law of the Sea (ITLOS).