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23 February 2017

The termination of the Certain Maritime Arrangements in the Timor Sea agreement means that Timor-Leste and Australia will have to settle their maritime boundary and, possibly, negotiate a new revenue split for the Greater Sunrise area. From a purely realist perspective, it is in Australia’s economic interests to secure as much of the Greater Sunrise area as possible in future negotiations, but there are other important strategic factors that should also be taken into consideration.

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News from the CEO

  • 21 February 2017
    What’s Next?

    Foreign Minister Julie Minister Bishop ends a visit to Washington, DC on 22 February. French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve is on a state visit to China, at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang, from 21-23 February.

  • 15 February 2017
    What’s Next?

    In Indonesia, regional elections are taking place in 101 provinces, cities and districts across the country on 15 February.  In Jakarta, the poll will decide who becomes the city's next governor.  

  • 20 December 2016
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    French Overseas Territories Minister Ericka Bareigts ends an official visit to La Réunion on 20 December. Singapore and Malaysia will sign an agreement for a high-speed rail link on 21 December.

  • 13 December 2016
    What’s Next?

    Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne is visiting the UK, France, Austria and Saudi Arabia to promote Australian defence exports. On 15 December, he will discuss the Future Submarines programme with his French counterparts.


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