As the prosecution of Witness K and Bernard Collaery shows, the establishment of a police state in Australia is a bipartisan affair.
There's something suspicious about the charges against Witness K lawyer Bernard Collaery -- in particular, the strange absence of a certain media organisation.
In an extraordinary prosecution likely to have massive ramifications for free speech in Australia, the Coalition government wants to jail lawyer Bernard Collaery and former intelligence officer Witness K in relation to the revelation that ASIS illegally bugged East Timor's government.
Australia continues to ignore the impressive display of democracy in action in Timor-Leste, a country it has routinely let down since independence.
East Timor is in for another change of government after the weekend's election. What will it mean for the nation's fragile democracy?
With a new energy deal with Australia on the table, and with an end to a year of political gridlock in sight, the future should be bright for Timor-Leste. But will it fall pray to the same pattern of corruption that led it here?
As the case of Witness K has made clear, if you stand up against Australia's intelligence apparatus you will be crushed, and elected officials will fall in line.
The prime minister of East Timor is refusing to allow parliament to reconvene because he will face a vote of no confidence. What next?
Australia's treatment of East Timor has always been exploitative. Under the Turnbull government, nothing has changed.
In her new book Crossing the Line Kim McGrath exposes Australia's brutal opportunism towards East Timor, and the atrocities we were willing to condone to serve our national interest.