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Old 15th Oct 2013, 12:41
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Andu
 
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Younger people here might not know that the President of Indonesia travelled to Townsville (of all places) to meet with Gough Whitlam around late Oct early Nov 75, where Whitlam let him know Australia would have no objection to the Indonesians invading East Timor after the Portuguese withdrawal. Whitlam had been deservedly given the boot by John Kerr by the time the Indons actually invaded on (how aptly) Dec 7th, but it was Whitlam who told them Australia would look the other way.

Even the ALP didn't want an Asian Cuba on Australia's doorstep, which is exactly the way an independent Fretlin-run Timor was perceived to become with the Soviet Union still very much in place. To be fair to Whitlam, I expect Malcolm Fraser would have said exactly the same thing to the Indonesians.

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