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The lengthy spray Ms Bishop delivered against her Liberal Party colleagues today also discloses Ms Bishop's thoughts about her greatest achievement:

Ms Bishop says the negotiation of a maritime boundary treaty with Timor Leste was arguably her greatest achievement as foreign affairs minister.*

Really?

I've no doubt her personal "achievement" will be of great use to her as she fields the "number of attractive offers for a post-political life".

But for Australia? Ceding Australian sovereignty for no good reason was her greatest achievement?

Here is our article of 10 January 2017.

Julie Bishop gives in to Soros et al and gives up on our border with East Timor

24 May, 2015.  Email John Podesta to Hillary Clinton's campaign chief John Podesta under the heading 

        Do you know who cares about East Timor?

"Rumor is soros, The Australian government got the East Timor government to give up their coastal waters to Australia Hence oil Might someone fund/support East Timor government efforts to reclaim just boundaries Australian friend working on this Let me know if u know anything or care? Thanks much Tony (sic)"

Next to the Sussan Ley Weddings, Parties, Penthouses story on the front page of The Australia today is this:

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Our boundary with East Timor is based on the geography of our Continental Shelf.  It's the same basis for our maritime border with Indonesia.

The Treaty that describes (or should I say described) the Timor/Australia border was jointly agreed in 2006.  Regardless of the geography, the treaty provided that East Timorese would receive a 50% share of the oil and gas revenues generated in the maritime region.

But that wasn't enough.

As we reported to you in October last year, The Clintons, Podesta and Soros have been at work trying to diminish Australia's sovereignty (particularly under the Abbott Government).

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Here's some of the history.

 

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In 2006, Australia and East Timor negotiated a Treaty setting out the provisional maritime border between the two nations (along with a range of other matters).  It was intended to establish a maritime boundary that would last for at least 50 years.

Here's some background from East Timor'shttps://www.laohamutuk.org/Oil/Boundary/CMATSindex.htm   website.

Background

The CMATS treaty was signed by Foreign Ministers Alexander Downer and Jose Ramos-Horta in Sydney on 12 January 2006, with Prime Ministers John Howard and Mari Alkatiri looking on, as shown in the photo at left. In 2006, La'o Hamutuk published an extensive analysis of the treaty and its history (also Bahasa Indonesia), which was extended in 2007. In 2009 we issued a two-page briefing paperTimor Sea Maritime Boundary: Still not settled! (also Tetum).

[During 2013, Timor-Leste's government asked that CMATS be invalidated becauseAustralia had bugged Timor-Leste's Prime Minister's meeting room during the negotiations; see below for more details.]

Timor-Leste ratified both CMATS and the International Unitisation Agreement for the Sunrise and Troubadour Fields (IUA) separately on 20 February 2007, publishing the Parliamentary Resolutions on 8 March in the Official Gazette (Portuguese).

On 7 February 2007, the Australian government tabled the treaty in its Parliament, and theJoint Standing Committee on Treaties began an inquiry. Submissions were invited before 16 March 2007. See below. Although CMATS has already entered into force, the JSCOT continued its inquiry and published a report in June 2007.

On 22 February 2007, Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer sent a letter to the Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on Treaties invoking the "national interest exemption" to enable the treaty to enter into force without a Parliamentary waiting period. The next day, he announced that it had entered into force.

The CMATS package, the product of eight years of negotiation, had advantages and disadvantages for both countries. In summary, Timor-Leste increased its share of upstream revenues from 18% to 50% in return for accepting Australian sovereignty over areas east and west of the JPDA, ratifying the IUA, and agreeing not to raise the maritime boundary question for 50 years. At the time, La'o Hamutuk felt that the balance was not in Timor-Leste's favor. We continue to believe that Timor-Leste has the right to all maritime and seabed resources in the Exclusive Economic Zone shown in yellow on the map at left. (See below for additional analysis and commentary.)

 

In 2013 East Timor used accusations of Australia spying on the nation as the basis for legal action to tear up and renegotiate the treaty.

Up until late last year Australia has been resolute.  We have an agreement.  It's in writing.  It's a Treaty.  It's intended to last for 50 years so far as the maritime boundary is concerned.

Yesterday Julie Bishop folded.  East Timor wants to tear the treaty up.  Australia folded.  Just like that.

Here is the expression of Australian sovereignty making the announcement.

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Wealthy countries don't stay wealthy by giving things away.

In the dying days of the Abbott influence, this was our position 

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Today, we've folded.  Just like that.  Service with a smile from our celebrity foreign minister.

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