East Timor - What can I do now?

Gary MacLennan g.maclennan at SPAMqut.edu.au
Mon Sep 13 01:52:35 MDT 1999


At 16:15 13/09/99 +1000, you wrote:
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Dear Colleagues
Most people will have heard that a peace -keeping force to East Timor will most
likely be deployed shortly. Whilst this is welcome it is still very uncertain.
There will of course be much do to ensure peace and security in East Timor and
every Australian can do something in the process however small.
As you are aware many trade unions have mounted bans on goods and services to
Indonesia. These are still in place for the time being.
A guide for action follows the brief from the ACTU Campaign for Peace. Your
cooperation is very much appreciated.
AUSTRALIAN TRADE UNIONS
CAMPAIGN FOR PEACE in EAST TIMOR
ACTU affiliates express their horror at the tragedy, which is occurring to the
East Timorese people. Having struggled to achieve a right to independence and
voted so strongly in favour of freedom they find themselves confronted by a
murderous minority backed-up by the Indonesian security forces who are
terrorising, killing and destroying their society.
The ACTU calls upon all unions and their members to undertake a Campaign for
Peace
The Campaign for Peace will include the following actions:
· Bans to be placed on all Indonesian government and commercial interests in
Australia
· Withdrawal of services (other than those considered essentials) from
Indonesian government and commercial interests in Australia.
· Consumer boycott of Indonesian products and services
· Develop campaigns of Industrial action
· Promote supportive action from the international trade union movement
· Lobby international financiers (eg IMF, World Bank) to withdraw funds to
Indonesia
· Pressure the Australian Government to cease joint military exercises, aid and
training to the Indonesian Army
· Call on the Australian Government to provide urgent humanitarian assistance to
East Timor refugees
· Work with Timorese, other community groups and Churches to undertake rallies
and other supporting activity to draw attention to the tragedy affecting the
people of East Timor
· Call for the formation of an international peacekeeping force to enter East
Timor as soon as possible to assist in the restoration of peace and stability
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO ASSIST IN THE CAMPAIGN FOR PEACE
SUPPORT THE NTEU POSITION
· Suspend all academic and research contact and ventures between Australian and
Indonesian academies
· Send a message to Indonesian University VC’s asking them to “Stand Up For
Democracy”. For an Indonesian University contact list try
<http://www.collegenews.com/id.htm>http://www.collegenews.com/id.htm
The NTEU asks its members to take care when dealing with Indonesian students, no
action is to be taken against them
WRITE TO JOHN HOWARD (fax (02) 6273 4100
Demand that Australia
· immediately suspend all military aid to Indonesia
· suspend all economic aid
· Retract recognition of Indonesian sovereignty over East Timor
· Accept East Timor refugees
· Increase funding to healthcare and hospital resources
· Restore funding cuts to Radio Australia
DONATE NOW
Money is urgently needed for food and medical supplies for the internal refugees
and for future expected needs. Donations can be made through the ACTU
humanitarian aid organisation APHEDA. Call them on 1300 362 223 or send a cheque
/money order to APHEDA, Box 3 Trades Hall, 4 Goulburn Street Sydney 2000 or
visit their web site
<http://www.apheda.org.au/>http://<http://www.apheda.org.au/>www.apheda.org.au
ATTEND LOCAL RALLIES
Brisbane Tuesday September 14 at 12 noon Waterfront Place, Eagle Street
SUPPORT CONSUMER BANS AND BOYCOTTS
Victory Copy Paper, Crown Copy Paper, Eveready Battery Company Indonesia,
Gloweave Century Car batteries, Multix Garbage bags, DATAPRINT refill
cartridges, UNILEVER, and GATORADE. Effective consumer bans may take some
detective work and we advise members to check labels and countries of origin
before purchasing goods. For a more comprehensive list please check website
<http://www.freetimor.com/>http://www.freetimor.com/
In unity
Barb Williams

FAIR PAY AND SECURE JOBS FOR BETTER UNIVERSITIES!
CAMPAIGN FOR PEACE IN EAST TIMOR!
Barbara Williams
National Tertiary Education Union
Murri Mura Centre
27 Cordelia Street
South Brisbane 4101
phone (07) 3846 2355
mobile 0409 056 416
fax (07) 3846 5977
Web: <http://www.qld.nteu.org.au/>http://www.qld.nteu.org.au

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