News

ASIO spy raids: Abbott, the people don’t believe you

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Vicki Wood

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has defended a raid on the Canberra offices of a lawyer for East Timor who alleged Australian intelligence agencies illegally listened in on negotiations over gas licences.

The lawyer, Bernard Collaery, was expected to allege, in a case East Timor is taking to The Hague, Australia had tapped the its cabinet room in 2004 to listen in on the sensitive talks.

East Timor wants to rescind a treaty it signed with Australia in 2006 which set out international boundaries covering sea gas deposits between the two countries.

The visa of a former intelligence agent who was expected to be a witness in the case has also been cancelled by Australian authorities.

Mr Abbott told reporters the moves were to ensure national security and not to interfere in the court case.

 

Our online readers have had plenty to say on the issue:

Ghostinthemachine: "Short story not including that the foreign minister at the time was Downer and the company that benefited the most was Woodside, now Downers employer. Now two of his former colleagues at the time, Abbot and Brandis are trying to rescue him using the term 'National Interest' and the full force of the ASIO legislation."

Centrelink-rorter: "seriously this has got to be some sort of joke being played on the Australian public. can we please have an adult in charge. every day seems to have yet another catastrophe. i fear what will be next."

Evil-monkey: "this poor excuse for a government will not be happy until they have upset all of our neighbours the quicker these idiots are turfed out the better; they are ruining Australia's reputation."

Tstevens: "John Howard used ASIO to gain information on when was the best time to invade East Timor.This is a continuation of the same kind of spying, for the same reason.The LNP pretty much stole the oil in the Timor Sea by invading East Timor and taking it away from Indonesia. Attempts by the East Timorese to get their oil back meant showing the word the truth behind John Howard's 'humanitarian' activities in their country."

Vagabond: "When a government has some thing to hide National Security is the cover all. Menzies had "Reds under the bed" Abbott has "National Security". What I'd have to question is the timing, but there you go, Brandis would not lie would he?"

Canary: "Next step, New Zealand. Well we have upset the rest of our neighbours."

Gobsmacked: "National interest". Is that another way of saying "We justify our cheating and underhanded tactics against a minor neighbour because we wan't an unfair advantage when we appear before an International Court? Was that the sound of Australia's credibility going down the drain I can hear? .

Greenwash: "George Brandis should be stood down pending the results of a judicial inquiry into this internationally embarrassing matter. It is becoming clear the only reason we went into Timor was to plunder the resources, democracy and human rights obviously had nothing to do with it. Timor continues to be so broke they can't afford to feed themselves and we cheat them out of an income. SHAME AUSTRALIA SHAME!!!!

- Have your say in the comments section below

Do you accept the raid on Bernard Collaery's office was a matter of national security?

This poll ended on 19 December 2013.

Yes - 12%

No - 87%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Topics:  asio east timor editors picks george brandis



Dreamworld reopens after 6 weeks in limbo

Visitors go through the doors of Dreamworld on the Gold Coast, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016.

Every ride has undergone 'rigorous' program of testing

Captain's youth key to titles

Far North captain Nadi Canning is looking forward to leading the region in the Surf Life Saving NSW Interbranch Championships on the Central Coast this weekend.

2016 Surf Life Saving Interbranch Championships

No Murwillumbah ward specialist as changes flagged

Murwillumbah Hospital has no specialist pediatric on site.

Calls for funds to remain to care for children as admissions decline

Local Partners

Join charity for lift-off

Public meeting for people who want to form a group that will hold community events and raise money for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.


Kernaghan's a 'boy from the bush' with a timeless quality

Country music singer Lee Kernaghan.

Lee Kernaghan is celebrating the 25th year of his breakthrough song.

Man builds playground entirely out of packing tape

Artist Eric Lennartson is in the process of completing his huge tape sculpture at the Ipswich Art Gallery.

VIDEO:And here's where you can play on it.

Cooly sings out for carols

Santa gets ready to skydive into the Coolangatta Christmas Carols on Sunday, December 13. Photo: Scott Powick Daily News

Santa dropping in for Christmas Carols at Coolangatta

Gong goes to M'bah duo

Dave Weir and Miya Sapir from Tupenny Opera performing in Mexico.

A night at the opera

Justin Timberlake stuns students with secret class

Justin Timberlake stunned high school students in Sydney

Carrie Fisher says Ford will be bugged by affair confession

Carrie Fisher is sure Harrison Ford is annoyed at her

Dakota Fanning rekindles romance with childhood sweetheart

Dakota Fanning rekindles romance with ex

Jennifer Lawrence apologises to the people of Hawaii

Jennifer Lawrence sorry for 'offensive' story

Cruz Beckham's single a 'one-off'

He is not planning to launch a full-time music career yet.

'Crucial' farm land eyed by defence department

Lawson Geddes moving the Brangus cattle to higher ground - which is the land the Defence Department is interested taking for the Shoalwater Bay expansion.

"You can't have one without the other.”

Former Shark Show for sale for $1.3 million

Vic Hislop at the old Shark Show.

TALK about a jaws-dropping real estate opportunity.

There's a whole lot of luxury in this home

The Endeavour Foundation's latest prize home in Mountain Creek.

WHEN it comes to desirable homes, it's hard to go past a prize home.

Horse haven on big acreage in Murwillumbah

55 Glencoe Road, Murwillumbah

Check out this week's feature property.

WATCH QTV: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!