East Timor exhibition visits Ipswich
By Nick Everett
BRISBANE — Community Aid Abroad's "East Timor 1942-1992" photo exhibition opened in Ipswich on December 3. The exhibition, on the Queensland leg of its tour, contains more than 100 photos of culture and resistance in East Timor.
Ipswich Lord Mayor David Underwood used the occasion to attack federal governments of different shades for standing idly by during two decades of killing in East Timor; Gough Whitlam had remained silent on the issue, he noted.
Underwood drew some parallels with the independence struggle on Bougainville. Australians, he said, know much more about the role of the CIA in supporting brutal regimes, than know of the war that mining giant CRA, hand in hand with the federal government, is conducting in Bougainville, or of the piracy of Timor oil by Australian oil companies.
Mario, from the East Timorese community, also spoke, urging people to attend a vigil on December 7, at 5.30pm in the Queen Street Mall, to mark the 19th anniversary of the Indonesian invasion.