Interview

The Grapevine: Bernard Collaery On Spying And Subterfuge In Australia’s History With Timor-Leste

Bernard Collaery is a barrister, former Attorney-General of the ACT and long-term legal counsel to the Timor-Leste government. He’s also represented Witness K – the former ASIS employee who blew the whistle on Australia’s efforts to spy on the Timor-Leste government during oil negotiations in 2004 and is currently facing criminal charges for his handling of secret information.

He calls in to discuss his new book Oil Under Troubled Water: Australia’s Timor Sea Intrigue – a richly-drawn account of Australia’s history engaging with the region to our North. The book explores Australia’s imperialist negotiating tactics following World War I and how governments engaged with the push for Timor-Leste’s independence both in the 1970s and 1990s, leading into an analysis of the more recent tactics used to deny Timor-Leste revenue from oil and gas reserves in the Timor Gap.

Photo by Jack bulldog 2012 via WikiMedia Commons

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