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Book launch, ‘Oil Under Troubled Water,’ with Bernard Collaery. 14th June, 7 pm, 193 Oxford St Bulimba, Brisbane

3 Jun 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM AEST

Charged, with Witness K, for allegedly breaching the Intelligence Services Act, Bernard Collaery provides the whole sordid backstory to Australian politics’ biggest scandal’.

Join us on Monday 14th June at 7.00pm as Bernard Collaery speaks to Colin Forrest about his book, Oil Under Troubled Water, which relates the sordid history of Australian government dealings with East Timor, and how the actions of both major political parties have enriched Australia’s corporate allies at the expense of all Australians and their tiny neighbour and wartime ally, one of the poorest nations in the world.

This is an event not to be missed. Tickets are limited, so be sure to book early here to avoid disappointment!

About the book…

In May 2018 Bernard Collaery, a former Attorney-General of the Australian Capital Territory and long-term legal counsel to the government of East Timor, was charged by the Australian Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions with conspiracy to breach the Intelligence Services Act 2001. He was forbidden from talking about the charges against him, but under parliamentary privilege independent MP Andrew Wilkie revealed what has since been described as ‘Australian politics’ biggest scandal’.

Five years earlier, after ASIO officers raided Collaery’s home and office, journalists were told that ASIS had been bugging the East Timorese government during negotiations over Timor Sea oil. Collaery was about to represent East Timor; as well as calling the evidence of a former senior ASIS agent known publicly only as Witness K, at The Hague in a case against the Australian government.

About the author…

Bernard Collaery is an Australian solicitor and barrister who specialises in litigation in high-profile catastrophic personal injury cases. He has acted for families of victims of the Thredbo landslide, the Royal Canberra Hospital demolition tragedy, the Glenbrook rail disaster, the fire aboard HMAS Westralia and the tragic loss of an RAAF F111 in the South China Sea. During his tenure as Attorney-General for the Australian Capital Territory, he introduced an independent law reform process that culminated in the drafting of human rights legislation, including anti-discrimination legislation. Bernard Collaery advised the East Timor Resistance for more than thirty years, providing advice on international law and other matters during the United Nations Transitional Administration from 1999. He acted for East Timor at the International Court of Justice in relation to a maritime sea boundary dispute with Australia.

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3 Jun
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM AEST
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