Drop the Prosecutions: Statement on Bernard Collaery, Witness K

By Coalition of Supporters of Bernard Collaery and Witness K

Australians from all walks of life are ashamed and angry when they learn that the Australian Government spied on the East Timor Government offices during oil and gas negotiations in 2004, under the guise of implementing an Australian aid program.  

This act of spying cannot be justified as protecting Australia’s defence or security interests. It was a deceitful act performed against an impoverished trading partner where both sides had promised “good faith” negotiations. 

It was espionage aimed at gaining commercial benefit on behalf of resource companies to the disadvantage of the people of East Timor –– our close neighbour, loyal ally in World War II, and the poorest country in South East  Asia. It has damaged Australia’s reputation for honest and fair dealings with our neighbours.  

This activity may have remained secret but for the courage and integrity of one of the spies, “Witness K”, and his lawyer, Bernard Collaery. These men acted in good faith at a time when our government failed to do so. They bravely stood up to government wrongdoing. The Australian government commenced prosecutions against them in May 2018, without explanation.  

Internationally accepted minimum standards for fair trials are challenged by the numerous hearings held since charges were laid, constant delays and postponements, strict secrecy provisions concerning evidence, and frequent closures of the court to the public. All of this is claimed to be required by national security.  

These dubious prosecutions threaten the rights and values of every  Australian.  

The Attorney-General has the power to discontinue the prosecutions under the Judiciary Act 1903 – Section 71.  

We call on him to drop the prosecutions of Witness K and Bernard Collaery immediately. 

Add your name to the Petition to DROP THE PROSECUTIONS


“Drop the Prosecutions” Statement is endorsed by:

Dr Nick AbelJen Tsen Kwok
Richard Ackland AMAnastasia La Fey
Cate AdamsJoseph Lai
Lesley AgarCarol Lam
Benjamin B. AitkenDr Winifred Lamb
Bill AitkenJohn Lamb
Carmel AitkenDr Judy Lambert AM
David E. AitkenDr Alan Lane
Emily M. AitkenRudolf Langeveld
Dr. Jessica C. AitkenYvonne Langley Wash
Madeline C. AitkenPaul Laris
Hannah J. AkbarianJacky Lawes
Andy AlcockHarold Lawrence
Bill AldcroftHeather Lawson
Debbie AllumP. Lay
Jillian AlsfordCaroline Le Couteur MLA
Karina AndersonProfessor Michael Leach
Tim AndersonPenelope Lee
Denby AngasMargaret Lee
Jackie AntounG. Paul Lehmann
Debbie ArgueJudith Leslie
Joan ArmitageAlan Leslie
Bill Armstrong AOPeter Lindsay
Luise AshleyRosemary Livingstone
Em. Professor Mark AronsonDr Lucas Lixinski
Judy AttwoodPenny Lockwood
Australian Lawyers AllianceColin Long
Sheryl AylwardDenise Lovric
Dorothy BabbBishop Vincent Long OFM
Helen BacheEm. Professor Ian Lowe
Dan BaldingScott Ludlam
William BaldingPatrick Lynch
Ivan BallinDr Gôsta Lynga
Adam Bandt MPDenise MacKay RSJ
Tony BannisterRichard Madigan
Dr Jan Barnett RSJMichele Madigan
Dr Jerard BarryDr Patricia Madigan OP
Maxine BarryDora Maguire RSJ
Professor Fran Baum AORev Peter Maher
Dick BaynhamJohn Mainwaring
Janice BeavanSusie Malady
Margie Beck AMCatherine Mann
Colin BegleyChris Mann
Belina BegleyEm. Professor Brian Martin
Martin BibbyW. Martin
Dr Elizabeth BiokFiona Martin
Jo BlackmanDr Chloe Mason
Margaret BlakersTony Matthews
Margaret BlanchDavid Maxwell
Pauline BleachTerri Mayr
Bea BleilePhyllis McCann RSJ
Graeme BloreMichael Mc Carthy
Jennifer BluhmAnn McCuaig
Mme. Madly BodinDr Helen McCue OAM
Gill BoehringerHamish McDonald
Dr Christine BoothTherese McGarry
Dr Lionel BopageDavid McIlveen
Chitra BopageSenator Nick McKim
Judith BourneDaniel McLoughin
Bosco Social Justice GroupSally McManus
Roger BowenProfessor Luke McNamara
Rod BowerKay McPadden RSJ
Kevin BrackenMedical Assoc. for Prevention of War
Hon Steve Bracks ACAssoc. Prof. Christopher Michaelsen
Rosalind BradleyDr Hannah Middleton
Sarah Bradley AOJosephine Mitchell RSJ
Wendy BradlyClaire Moore
Lawrence BradlyMonitoring Cmte- Attacks on Lawyers
Dr Kevin BrayProfessor Bronwen Morgan
Gwenyth BrayA. Mortimer
Em. Professor Frank BriggsEm. Prof. Ingrid Moses AO
Dr Alison Broinowski AMFather Claude Mostowik MSC
Richard Broinowski AOAdjunct Professor Kathryn Moyle
Michael BrownAngela Munro
David BrownAllison Murchie
Professor AJ BrownPauline Murphy
Samuel BrowningHon Peter Murphy QC
Bishop George BrowningNeil Murray
Annette BrownliePeter Muskens
Professor Ross BuckleySanjiv Muttukumaru
Ian BullJohn Nairn
Hon Dr Meredith Burgmann AMJoanne Nairn
Julian Burnside AO QCThe Hon Marcia Neave AO
C.L. BurtonDr Kate Neely
Dianne BushDanny Neumann
Karen ButcherNeville Newell
Anne ByrneAdj. Prof George Newhouse
Bill ByrneClive Newland
Em. Prof. J. A. Camilleri OAMCarole Newman
Rod CampbellMerilyn Newnham
Doreen CampionAnne Nielsen
Dr Douglas CappDieter Nikolai
Jeffrey CarltonMargaret Ning OAM
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Graham CashionProfessor Justine Nolan
Eva CermakAnne Noonan
Professor Janet ChanRobert Northey
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JND ClarkProfessor Graeme Orr
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Joe CollinsSenator Rex Patrick
Rowan CollinsAnn Paterson
Dr Susan Connelly RSJPax Christi Victoria
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Catherine CooreyAnn Peut
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Kevin CoxJonathan Pilbrow
Petra CramMichelle Pini
Christine CrasswellerEm. Professor Barbara Pocock
Tony CravenGary Potts
Pam CrichtonBishop Pat Power
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John CummingAdjunct Professor Scott Poynting
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Alexander HoodDr Vacy Vlazna
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Bob HowarthPat Walsh AM
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Humanists VictoriaRosemary Watson
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Independent and Peaceful Australian Network (IPAN)Geoffrey Watson SC
International Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL)James Waugh
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Prof. the Hon. Barry Jones ACAlbert White
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