The Australian Defence Minister, Stephen Smith, has just returned from East Timor. It was his first visit since he took up the Defence portfolio. Sarah Jaensch reports. http://australianetwork.com/newsline
The Australian Prime Minister is visiting China at a time when an extensive crackdown against pro-democracy and human rights activists continues.
If all goes to plan, next year's elections in East Timor should mark a big step forward in the nation's post-independence development. For more than a decade Australian troops have been at the centre of a foreign military presence to guarantee East Timor's security. However, by the end of next year the 400 australian soldiers should be on their way home. With East Timor stable and growing, it's hoped they won't have to return. Sarah Jaensch reports. http://australianetwork.com/ne