Sign the petition for a fairer maritime border between Timor-Leste & Australia

Time to Draw the Border in the Timor Sea 

Creation is God’s gift to the whole of humanity, and we should share natural resources in a way that promotes the good of us all – the global common good. A wealth country like Australia should not claim more than its share of the oil and gas that lie below the sea between us, and our poorer neighbour, Timor Leste. This is a matter of fairness and decency.

As Pope Francis says, a healthy world economy must pay due regard to “the sovereignty of each nation” and ensure “the economic well-being of all countries, not just of a few” (Evangelii Gaudium n 206).

I wholeheartedly support and endorse the petition to the House of Representatives calling on our Federal government to negotiate a fair maritime border with Timor Leste on behalf of the Australian community. I hope that you will also consider signing it, for the sake of our sisters and brothers in Timor Leste - and for our own sake too.

I ask you also to pray for the people of Timor Leste. Our near neighbours have suffered much in the struggle for political independence, and they continue to struggle for economic independence, for integral human development, for the fullness of life. May we be good neighbours to them, and a channel of God’s love.


Most Rev Peter A Comensoli
Bishop of Broken Bay

There is a movement across Australia requesting the Federal Government to bring to a close the long-running dispute over the lack of a fair and permanent maritime border between Australia and Timor-Leste. A fair and permanent border, based on the median line, would allow both nations to claim what is rightfully theirs under international law. It would strengthen security and give certainty regarding investment. It would uphold the rights of nations to a defined and internationally accepted sovereignty.

Please sign the petition asking that the incomplete Australian border be finalised in a fair, transparent and timely fashion, in accordance with current international law. All that is needed is your name and signature - no addresses required. Let us do the right thing by our neighbour, one of the poorest, yet pluckiest, nations on earth.

SIGN THE PETITION

EMAIL YOUR LOCAL MP


DEADLINES 
Deadline has been extended until October 2017. 

REASONS TO SIGN
See http://timfo.org


DOCUMENTARY
“Draw the Line”. For the video trailer, see https://vimeo.com/188076808

INFORMATION WITH MAPS

UNIYA JESUIT SOCIAL JUSTICE CENTRE (with maps) http://www.uniya.org/talks/brennan_3sep04.html

FOR MORE INFORMATION
AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC SOCIAL JUSTICE COUNCIL
Series Paper n.74, “Time to draw the line – Finding a just settlement between Australia and Timor-Leste

AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPER ARTICLES
East Timor drops its spying case against Australia (ABC News, Jan 24, 2017)

Australia should meet East Timor halfway on maritime boundary (The Australian, Jan 14, 2017)

East Timor tears up oil and gas treaty with Australia after Hague dispute (Sydney Morning Herald, Jan 10, 2017)

THE TIMOR GAP (ZONE OF COOPERATION) TREATY (Parliament of Australia, 2004 report)
 

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Broken Bay

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