Politicians

2021

Rex Patrick launches bid to make government reveal long-secret cabinet documents on Timor-Leste
Christopher Knaus – The Guardian – 16 August 2021
Documents likely to reveal Australia’s strategy for bartering on Timor Sea maritime boundary prior to the bugging operation revealed by Witness K and Bernard Collaery. 

Labor announces inquiry into East Timor bugging operation if elected
Anthony Galloway – The Guardian – 11 August 2021
Labor has announced that it would conduct an inquiry into the intelligence operation to bug the East Timor government which led to the prosecution of a former spy and his lawyer. 

John Howard likely to give evidence at Bernard Collaery trial, Rex Patrick tells parliament
Christopher Knaus – The Guardian – 11 August 2021
Under parliamentary privilege, independent senator says Australia’s 2004 Timor-Leste spy mission was ‘neither legal nor initiated properly’.  

Change needed to counter abuses of power
Peter Whish-Wilson – The Tasmania Examiner – 23 June 2021
Senator Whish-Wilson states: “This revolving door between senior levels of government and big corporations triggered an Australian Secret Intelligence Service agent – known only as Witness K – to blow the whistle on this scandalous affair.”  

Witness K Prosecution Shameful
Senator Rex Patrick – Media Release – 18 June 2021   Here is a pdf.

Senate Estimates
29 May 2021
The public interest in prosecuting Bernard Collaery & Witness K has not been properly considered by the Commonwealth Director or Public Prosecutions, as evidenced in this detailed Senate Estimates discussion between Senator Kim Carr and Rex Patrick MP

2020

MP calls for Porter explanation on the persecution of K and Collaery
Bernard Keane – ­Crikey – 26 November 2020
A Labor MP with close links to Timor-Leste (Luke Gosling) has called on Christian Porter to explain himself over the prosecution of Witness K and Bernard Collaery and suggests ‘reputational protection’ is behind the secrecy of the trial. Pdf.

“It should never have happened”: Albanese speaks out on Witness K
The Leader of the Opposition, speaks out on the spying and the prosecutions.
Charlie Lewis – Crikey – 21 August 2020    Pdf here.

The secrecy in the Witness K case is an attempt by the government to avoid scrutiny
Luke Gosling – The Guardian – 06 July 2020

Media Release by Mark Dreyfus QC, MP
On 26 June 2020 Mr Dreyfus statds that Labor will seek an urgent briefing from the Government regarding the decision of the ACT Supreme Court to hold parts of Bernard
Collaery’s trial in closed court.

Prosecution Matter
Media Release – Attorney-General – 28 June 2020   Pdf here.

Speech
Graham Perrett MP – House Hansard – 17 June 2020  Pdf.

Speech
Senator Nick McKim – Senate Hansard – 15 June 2020   Pdf.

Speech
Alicia Payne MP  – House Hansard – 12 June 2020  Click here for pdf.

2019

The Hon. Christian Porter MP – 19 August 2019 – Media Statement  (Pdf 547 kb)
Mr Porter states his views on Witness K and Bernard Collaery in a series of nine questions and answers.
I put this media Statement on this site on 03 December 2020 as I had a copy. I searched today using this link but could only find 4 Media Statements for August 2019, and this one is not among them. (S. Connelly)

Bernard Collaery and Witness K ‘heroes’: Greens Senator Nick McKim
Kirsten Lawson, Alexandra Back – The Canberra Times – 16 July 2019

Federal senator lashes attempt to shut down media and whistleblowers
Senator Rex Patrick – Sydney Morning Herald – 9 June 2019

2018

Hansard – Senator Rex Patrick –  19 September 2018
Excellent summary of the spying and prosecutions to this date.  Pdf here.

Labor MP Julian Hill criticises Witness K prosecution
Katharine Murphy – The Guardian – 19 September 2018

NSW Labor to oppose “inappropriate” prosecution of spy Witness K and his lawyer
Christopher Knaus – The Guardian – 14 August 2018

Dreyfus and Carr revealed bugging first — so why have K and Collaery been charged?
Bernard Keane – Crikey –  3 July, 2018
The involvement of the Labor Party somewhat explains its reluctance to stand up for the truth.

2014

Senate: Committee of Privileges – Person Referred to: Bernard Collaery May 2014

2013

Press Release
Bob Carr and Mark Dreyfus – La’o Hamutuk – 3 May 2013
The press release announcing the withdrawal of the government of Timor-Leste from the CMATS Treaty because of allegations of Australian spying is not on the Australian Government website, so the copy on La’o Hamutuk is provided here.

1999

Laurie Brereton’s speech in Parliament responding to the words of Alexander Downer, the Foreign Minister. (Pdf)   21 September 1999

“What awfully chosen words for the Minister for Foreign Affairs to finish his speech with today: to his dying day, much as he regrets the deaths in East Timor, he will be proud of what he has achieved. I could not think of a more inappropriate thing to say.”