World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Australia to build Parliament House in East Timor

Australia to build Parliament House in East Timor


30 AUGUST
STATEMENT BY MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
THE HON. ALEXANDER DOWNER

I am pleased to announce, on the first anniversary of the popular consultation in East Timor, Australia will help design and construct a Parliament building for the legislature of an independent East Timor.

The design of the new Parliament will reflect East Timor's cultural heritage and will be determined in close consultation with East Timorese leaders.

Besides meeting the functional needs of a modern Parliament, East Timor's Parliament building will be an important cultural and political symbol, expressing the independent and democratic aspirations of the East Timorese people.

The new Parliament will also serve to express Australia's friendship with the people of East Timor and Australia's commitment to assist East Timor become one of the strong democratic nations of the region.

Support for the Parliament building forms part of Australia's program of support for the development of democratic government and effective administration in East Timor. This will include support for the establishment of East Timor's new National Council which will represent a broad cross-section of the East Timorese community under the current Transitional Administrative arrangements.

Australia will also provide support for the elections planned for the second half of 2001. This will include support for the establishment of an Electoral Commission, drafting of regulations, civic education, voter registration and support for conducting the election.

This initiative is part of Australia's commitment of $150 million over the next four years to help rebuild this new nation after the devastation of last year. Australia's program provides support to important development activities in education, health, water and rural development, as well as capacity building to establish effective and accountable public administration.

See also www.australia.org.nz

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Rohingya Muslims Massacred: Restrictions On Aid Put 1000s At Risk

Amnesty: The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>

ALSO:

Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC