Bernard Collaery, right, the ex-spy’s former lawyer, addresses the media outside the court in Canberra. Photo: AP

Former Australian spy to plead guilty in East Timor bugging case

  • Lawyers for the former agent, known only as ‘Witness K’, told a Canberra court he would plead guilty to blowing the whistle on the spying operation
  • Unlike most democracies, Australia has no formal protections for freedom of the press or for whistle-blowers who expose alleged government wrongdoing
Topic |   Australia

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Bernard Collaery, right, the ex-spy’s former lawyer, addresses the media outside the court in Canberra. Photo: AP
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A man in East Timor puts the finishing touches to a mural in the capital Dili. Photo: AP

East Timor wants to tap oil and gas near Australia, so why is it courting China?

  • The young Southeast Asian nation is almost entirely dependent on oil and gas revenue as well as aid from richer neighbours
  • But international energy firms have left the country in the lurch by pulling out of a critical offshore project near Darwin, leaving Dili with only one place to turn
Topic |   Energy

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A man in East Timor puts the finishing touches to a mural in the capital Dili. Photo: AP
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