Jill Jolliffe

Jill Jolliffe

Jill Jolliffe is a Darwin-based writer who has covered wars in Angola, East Timor, and the Western Sahara. Her latest book, Finding Santana, was published by Wakefield Press in 2010.

Jill Jolliffe reviews 'East Timor: A rough passage to independence' by James Dunn

March 2004, no. 259 01 March 2004
Jill Jolliffe reviews 'East Timor: A rough passage to independence' by James Dunn
The careful media management accompanying the Australian National Archive’s release in January 2004 of cabinet papers covering the first year in office of the Whitlam government underlined the interest of the ageing ex-prime minister and his supporters in safeguarding his status as an Australian icon. It was a success: most analysts agreed that the papers showed that in 1973 the newly elected La ... (read more)

Jill Jolliffe reviews 'Shooting Balibo: Blood and memory in East Timor' by Tony Maniaty

July-August 2009, no. 313 01 July 2009
Jill Jolliffe reviews 'Shooting Balibo: Blood and memory in East Timor' by Tony Maniaty
Thirty-four years after the former colony of Portuguese Timor experienced the horrors of invasion by the Indonesian army, the story of the killing of the five television journalists known as the Balibo Five – a persistent subtext of that history – has found new life in the forthcoming feature film Balibo, directed by Arenafilm’s Robert Connolly. In reviewing Tony Maniaty’s related book, I ... (read more)

Jill Jolliffe reviews 'Making Them Indonesians: Child transfers out of East Timor' by Helene van Klinken

April 2012, no. 340 01 April 2012
Jill Jolliffe reviews 'Making Them Indonesians: Child transfers out of East Timor' by Helene van Klinken
Think of Syria today and you have East Timor in 1975–78, the main difference being that the story of Indonesia’s brutal invasion was totally hidden from the world. It was in this framework of pain, trauma, and confusion that an estimated three to four thousand Timorese children were carried off to Indonesia without informed parental consent. ... (read more)

Jill Jolliffe reviews 'Witnesses to War: The History of Australian Conflict Reporting' by Fay Anderson and Richard Trembath

June 2011, no. 332 24 May 2011
Jill Jolliffe reviews 'Witnesses to War: The History of Australian Conflict Reporting' by Fay Anderson and Richard Trembath
Witnesses to War, an ambitious book, is part of a larger project by the C.E.W. Bean Foundation to commemorate the work of Australian war correspondents. Fay Anderson and Richard Trembath, setting out to document the performance of Australian war correspondents, have tackled complex material. They deal with an enormous cast of characters and various interwoven themes, including the struggle against ... (read more)