Scott Morrison was playing nice over the weekend, but Australia has proved time and time again that it's hard-pressed to respect Timor-Leste's sovereignty.
Successive Australian governments have snubbed, time and again, south-east Asian countries. This represents a potentially significant problem for Australia's strategic foothold in the region.
After years of relentless pressure, Witness K has pleaded guilty to revealing information about ASIS' criminal conduct in Timor Leste. It is a shameful reward for a man who diligently served his country.
Crikey readers discuss the need for a 'bad-science' watchdog, the prime ministership of Boris Johnson and Australia's handling of Timor-Leste.
It's almost 20 years since Australia led peacekeepers into the country but our true relationship is one threaded with manipulation, deception, bullying and greed.
Australia views itself as Timor-Leste's liberator. But the reality is that Timor-Leste has suffered for decades because of Australia's pursuit of oil revenue above all else.
This is Australian politics' biggest scandal, and the most powerful people in the country are ensuring you know as little about it as possible.
Will Australia ultimately intervene in West Papua like it did in Timor-Leste? Or will the government turn a blind eye in favour of its recent free trade deal with Indonesia?
Ignore the Coalition's partisan sniping at Labor over encryption backdoors: Labor's record shows it can't be trusted to push back against corruption and misconduct by powerful security agencies.