Solidarity Protests for ‘Witness K’ and Bernard Collaery

Melbourne: 11am Wednesday 25 July 2018 | Outside the Commonwealth Offices, Treasury Place, (off Spring St)
Sydney: 11am Wednesday 25 July 2018 | Near the Commonwealth Parliament Offices, cnr Phillip and Bents Streets.
Darwin: 12 noon, Wednesday 25 July 2018 | NT House, Cnr Mitchell and Bennett Streets
(The Canberra protest has been cancelled)

When someone exposes government wrongdoing they should be thanked, not prosecuted.

Yet the Australian Government has just approved the criminal prosecution of a former Australian spy and his lawyer for their role revealing that the Australian Government had bugged the East Timorese cabinet room in an attempt to short-change the tiny nation out of billions of dollars in oil and gas revenue.

It’s outrageous and we must take a stand.

If it wasn’t for ‘Witness K’ and his lawyer Bernard Collaery, this sordid truth would never have been exposed and the Timorese wouldn’t have had the chance to secure the new and fairer Treaty signed early this year.

Join with the Timor Sea Justice Campaign to stand in solidarity with Witness K and Bernard Collaery and join our protests to demand that the Attorney General, Christian Porter, uses his ability to shut the prosecution down immediately.

If you see something wrong, speak up – that’s what we are all taught isn’t it? Well, that’s what Witness K did and now the Turnbull Government wants him and his lawyer sent to prison.

The message from the Turnbull Government here is: if you speak up about government wrong-doing, we will come down on you like a tonne of bricks. It’s wrong and downright frightening.

If you can’t join us at one of the protests, here are some things we can all do:

  • Sign the petition to the AG at GetUp! here.
  • And email or phone the AG here.
  • Share this page to help spread the word about the protest.
  • Use #StandWithWitnessK in your social media posts.

We'll be organising more actions in coming weeks and months, so stay in touch.

'a luta continua'

Contacts and details re the protests...

Sydney protest contact - Sister Susan Connelly, 0498 473 341
Canberra contact - Peter Job, 0423 515 603
Melbourne contact - Jean McLean 0418 104 008
Darwin contact - Rob Wesley Smith 8983 2113 or

Melbourne speaker list:

  • Jean McLean, chair of Australia East Timor Association
  • Tom Clarke, spokesperson for the Timor Sea Justice Campaign
  • Steve Bracks, former Premier of Victoria and former pro bono advisor to the Timor-Leste Government
  • Carla Chung, member of the local Timorese community, mother and activist
  • Kim McGrath, author of Crossing the Line: Australia’s Secret History in the Timor Sea
  • Luke Hilakari, Secretary of the Victorian Trades Hall Council
  • Shirley Shackleton, author, activist and widow of Australian journalist murdered in Balibo
  • John Thwaites, former Deputy Premier of Victoria and now an adviser on infrastructure to the Timor-Leste Government



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