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Australia and East Timor during the Howard years: an international law perspective

Journal Article


Abstract


  • A significant international event during the life of the Howard government was the

    emergence of an independent East Timor. The troubled former Portuguese territory

    had been under Indonesian control since its occupation by the Indonesian army in

    1975, and few would have predicted in 1996 when the Howard government was

    elected that within seven years Timor-Leste1 would be an independent state and the

    subject of the largest Australian military effort since the Vietnam War.

    This article considers the principal aspects of Australia’s interaction with East

    Timor during the Howard years: the role of Australia in East Timor’s

    independence; and the negotiation of a new regime for petroleum exploitation on

    the continental shelf between Australia and Timor. Both are examples of an

    essentially Australian foreign policy, where the interests and pressures of

    Australia’s allies abroad exerted little impact upon government policy: something

    for which the Howard government was often not, in the popular mind at least,

    known for pursuing.

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Kaye, S. (2008). Australia and East Timor during the Howard years: an international law perspective. Australian Yearbook of International Law, 69-86.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1191

Number Of Pages


  • 17

Start Page


  • 69

End Page


  • 86

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/journals/AUYrBkIntLaw/2008/

Abstract


  • A significant international event during the life of the Howard government was the

    emergence of an independent East Timor. The troubled former Portuguese territory

    had been under Indonesian control since its occupation by the Indonesian army in

    1975, and few would have predicted in 1996 when the Howard government was

    elected that within seven years Timor-Leste1 would be an independent state and the

    subject of the largest Australian military effort since the Vietnam War.

    This article considers the principal aspects of Australia’s interaction with East

    Timor during the Howard years: the role of Australia in East Timor’s

    independence; and the negotiation of a new regime for petroleum exploitation on

    the continental shelf between Australia and Timor. Both are examples of an

    essentially Australian foreign policy, where the interests and pressures of

    Australia’s allies abroad exerted little impact upon government policy: something

    for which the Howard government was often not, in the popular mind at least,

    known for pursuing.

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Kaye, S. (2008). Australia and East Timor during the Howard years: an international law perspective. Australian Yearbook of International Law, 69-86.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1191

Number Of Pages


  • 17

Start Page


  • 69

End Page


  • 86

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/journals/AUYrBkIntLaw/2008/