Inglorious diplomacy

Australia’s sorry history in Timor
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July 2021, no. 433
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A Narrative of Denial: Australia and the Indonesian violation of East Timor by Peter Job

Melbourne University Press, $25.99 pb, 356 pp

Inglorious diplomacy

Australia’s sorry history in Timor
by
July 2021, no. 433
President Sukarno at Istana Palace in Djakarta, Indonesia, on 14 October 1965, announcing appointment of Maj Gen. Suharto as Army Chief of Staff (Keystone Press/Alamy)
President Sukarno at Istana Palace in Djakarta, Indonesia, on 14 October 1965, announcing appointment of Maj Gen. Suharto as Army Chief of Staff (Keystone Press/Alamy)

Peter Job, a former East Timor activist, has written a careful, dispassionate account of the stance of Gough Whitlam’s and Malcolm Fraser’s successive governments in relation to Portuguese East Timor. He has consulted a commendably wide range of oral and written sources, interviewing, for example, several retired senior Australian officials formerly engaged in the design and implementation of Timor policy. His story ends in 1983, with Bob Hawke’s election to office. Job should be encouraged to complete his account in the future to acquaint readers with developments up to at least the UN intervention in 1999 that gave Australian diplomacy a new role.

Ken Ward reviews 'A Narrative of Denial: Australia and the Indonesian violation of East Timor' by Peter Job

A Narrative of Denial: Australia and the Indonesian violation of East Timor

by Peter Job

Melbourne University Press, $25.99 pb, 356 pp

Buy this book

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  • Posted by Ken Ward
    26 July 2021
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    25 July 2021
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    23 July 2021

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