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May 17, 2018

Australia’s silence on Timor-Leste election speaks of frayed bond

Australia continues to ignore the impressive display of democracy in action in Timor-Leste, a country it has routinely let down since independence.

Michael Sainsbury — Freelance correspondent in Asia and <em>Little Red Blog</em> Editor

Michael Sainsbury

Freelance correspondent in Asia and Little Red Blog Editor

Revolutionary Xanana Gusmao

As predicted, congratulations have flowed following elections in gerrymandered, semi-apartheid Malaysia. Australia has “warmly” congratulated its people “for peacefully and respectfully exercising their democratic right to vote".

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3 thoughts on “Australia’s silence on Timor-Leste election speaks of frayed bond

  1. Woopwoop

    Would tourism be a goer?

  2. Stephen Doolan

    Well said! It be heartening to see a generous and compassionate approach to regional relations, rather than mean-spirited American-style self-interest

    1. Andrea

      Agreed. We are bound in a more profound way than just proximity and “what’s in it for us”.

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