Agreement on Draft Treaty

More news from the Compulsory Conciliation. The "complete text of a draft treaty" has been agreed on by Timor-Leste and Australia concerning the matters signaled in the last Press Release:

·      delimitation of the maritime boundary

·      agreement on the legal status of the Greater Sunrise gas field

·      the establishment of a Special Regime for Greater Sunrise,

·      establishing pathways for

o   development of Greater Sunrise

o   sharing of the resulting revenue


No details have emerged concerning the actual nitty-gritty, e.g. maps. Each nation needs now to "pursue their domestic approval processes". Further confidential meetings will be held and the hope is that finalisation and signing will occur before the end of the year, or perhaps early in 2018.


There is much back-patting and joyous acclamation of the spirit in which Australia and Timor-Leste are approaching the matter of sharing the resources. Yes, always good to emphasise the positive. I note with satisfaction and relief, however, that the Commission will "facilitate" the work remaining on both the development of Greater Sunrise and on engagement with other stakeholders (i.e. the oil companies). Yes, indeedy.


The deed is done.  The cement is drying. It remains to be seen exactly what Australia and Timor-Leste have agreed to. As an Australian, I certainly hope that we have put our money where our mouth is - you know the drill - the fair go, loyalty, in there for the under-dog, shoulder-to-shoulder with the battlers.


We live in hope.


A word on the petition. It will be presented in the Federal Parliament at the end of October. Thanks to all!

PS. It's 42 years today (16 October) since the murders of the Balibó Five. No justice, international or otherwise, has been applied to them.