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 Latin Radical 
 Timorese PM Xanana's state visit to Australia
 Interview
 Prof. Damien Kingsbury, Jim Dunn, Janelle Saffin (MHR), Jose Texeira
 2NimFM radio  
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A series of interviews Timor's PM meeting with Australian PM who politely declined to commit Australia to accepting Timorese guest workers, when Xanana raised the question. The issue will come under consideration. Jose Texeira presents the East Timorese side of the difficulties involved in the scheme.
Janelle Saffin (MHR)
James Dunn
Prof. Damien Kingsbury
Jose Texeira (Parliamentarian of Timor Leste)
Warwick Fry
1.Professor Damien Kingsbury comments on possible reasons for Australia's procrastination in allowing Timorese guest workers to come to Australia on temporary work visas. The Australian government has recently passed legislation allowing temporary work visas to Pacific Islanders, but it appears the Timorese are lower on the list of the Rudd government's priorities. The state visit by Timorese Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao provided him with the opportunity to raise the matter, but Australian PM Kevin Rudd deferred a decision until early next year.

2. Jim Dunn, human rights observer and author of numerous articles several histories of Timor Leste puts the attitude of this and other Australian governments under close scrutiny, when he comments on Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao's recent state visit to Australia and his meeting with Australian PM Kevin Rudd. Rudd politely declined to commit Australia to accepting Timorese guest workers, when Xanana raised the question.

3. Janelle Saffin MHR spent several years working in Timor Leste with the now President, Jose Ramos Horta. During Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao's recent state visit to Australia and his meeting with Australian PM Kevin Rudd, Rudd politely declined to commit Australia to accepting Timorese guest workers, when Xanana raised the question. The issue will come under consideration. Janelle explains some of the reasons for the Australian Prime Minister's response, some of the more complex issues, and other aspects of the government's position on Timor Leste.
4. Jose Teixeira is an MP for the Fretilin party in Timor Leste. He was also involved in the negotiations with Australia in the 'Timor Gap' treaty, as the deputy Minister for National Resources. He spoke to community radio 2NimFM on the tricky subject of Australia allowing 'guest worker' visas to East Timorese nationals. The Australian government recently passed legislation to allow temporary work visas to Pacific Islanders. A similar arrangement for 'guest workers' from Timor Leste is still pending. Jose presents the East Timorese side of the difficulties involved in the scheme.

 4 part series Download Program Podcast
01:24:08 English 2008-09-08
 Nimbin NSW Australia
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Timor guest workers - Damien Kingsbury  00:07:56  128Kbps mp3
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Timor guest workers - James Dunn  00:12:05  128Kbps mp3
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Timor guest workers - Jose Texeira  00:21:48  128Kbps mp3
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Timor guest workers - Damien Kingsbury  00:07:56  128Kbps mp3
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Timor guest workers - James Dunn  00:12:05  128Kbps mp3
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Timor guest workers - Janelle Saffin  00:00:30  128Kbps mp3
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Timor guest workers - Jose Texeira  00:21:48  128Kbps mp3
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