Urge Politicians to Drop the Case

Post written by Susan Connelly
10 July, 2019
Click here for Drop the Case. Quick links for you to contact the Prime Minister and Attorney-General. [...]
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“Witness K” in NSW Parliament

Post written by Susan Connelly
10 May, 2019
Long-time Timorese friend and advocate Mr Paul Lynch MP spoke in the NSW Parliament about the Witness K/Bernard Collaery case. Read the Hansard transcript. Also read Paul Gregoire’s fine article in “The Big Smoke”. [...]

Public figures involved in the case

Post written by Susan Connelly
5 March, 2019
Bernard Collaery wins prestigious award Lawyer Bernard Collaery won the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA 2018 Civil Justice Award in October 2018, recognising his work in fighting for justice for the Timor-Leste people. “Bernard Collaery is a truly deserving recipient of our 2018 Civil Justice Award,” the ALA National President said. “He has shown great courage and integrity in his dealings on behalf of the Timor-Leste people and more recently in acting for Witness K. “Mr Collaery’s work in fulfilling his professional obligations to Witness K has resulted in significant and ongoing personal cost. He has been the subject of a [...]

Resisting the Persecution

Post written by Susan Connelly
5 March, 2019
Protest in Canberra The hearing in the Magistrate’s Court, 4 Knowles Place Canberra, scheduled for November 1, was adjourned to Wednesday November 7, at 9:00 a.m. Despite this change, supporters gathered outside the Court on November 1, calling for the charges to be dropped. Rob Wesley-Smith is a Darwin-based long time activist for Timor. Read his comments here. Protest in Canberra 12 September 2018 Protest in Canberra 12 September 2018 Protest in Canberra 12 September 2018 Protest in Canberra 12 September 2018 [...]

The Prosecution

Post written by Susan Connelly
5 March, 2019
East Timor spy scandal: Jury could hear Collaery, Witness K case Alexandra Back, The Canberra Times, 28 February, 2019 An account of the secret hearing on 28 February, which signalled another secret hearing in August. Hearings in Magistrate’s Court Hearing 1             12 September 2018 – held Hearing 2             29 October 2018 – adjourned to 1 November Hearing 3              1 November 2018 – adjourned to 7 November Hearing 4              7 November 2018 – held There were reports of a hearing to be held around 15 February, but that did not happen. Hearing 4            28 February 2019 – held in closed court [...]

Using “national security” and secrecy

Post written by Susan Connelly
5 March, 2019
Suppression orders and lawyers’ arrogance undermine democracy Bernard Keane – Crikey, 13 December 2018 The resort to suppression orders by our courts undermines faith in the legal system and is used by the legal industry to avoid scrutiny. The fight to keep the Witness K case secret Jonathan Pearlman, The Saturday Paper  13 October 2018 As Witness K trial opens, there are questions over secrecy Clinton Fernandes, The Conversation, 13 September 2018 [...]

Applying the Law to Australian Spying

Post written by Susan Connelly
5 March, 2019
The controversial law that will decide the future of the Witness K trial Madeleine Miller, Crikey, 15 November 2018 The Witness K and Bernard Collaery case could well continue behind closed doors, prompting great concern over their right to a fair trial. But who gets to make the decision? Government sat on Witness K evidence for three years despite advice Steve Cannane, ABC News 6 October 2018 Senator asks why prosecutors sat on Witness K evidence for three years The Guardian, 20 September 2018 [...]

Australian Spying on Timor-Leste

Post written by Susan Connelly
5 March, 2019
Visit Timor-Leste 29 October 2018 Here is the Juice Media again with a 3 minute summary of the Australian spying on Timor and its terrible results for the two heroes and patriots, “Witness K” and Bernard Collaery. As politicians frolic, the Witness K scandal unfolds Bernard Keane, Crikey, 13 September 2018 [...]

Previous Articles

Post written by Susan Connelly
3 March, 2019
A variety of articles and photos appear on the Archives page and cover 2012 to 2018. Asylum seekers and refugees, the Timor Sea saga, Timorese history, and the suffering of the people of West Papua each have comment, articles and photos. General politics gets mention too. In some cases, the insights of René Girard are used as an interpretive tool. [...]