Australia Accused of Siphoning Millions in Timor Leste Oil Revenue

The Australian government has been accused of siphoning millions of dollars of oil revenue from Timor Leste. The governments of both countries signed a maritime border treaty in March last year which confirmed Timor Leste’s rights to revenue from a gas field in the Timor Sea. But an agreement that the treaty would not come into effect until it had been ratified by both countries has allowed Australia to continue to take millions of dollars in revenue from the gas field.

On the line now to speak to us further about the situation is former Victorian Premier and advisor to the Timor Leste government, Steve Bracks.

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