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Adelaide – 14 May 2012

The Celebration  

of the 10 Year 

Anniversary of the  

Independence Day of 

East Timor!


The Timorese South Australia Students Group (TSASG), are pleased to invite all Timorese friends and communities to join us in the celebration of the 10 year anniversary of the Independence Day of East Timor.
Aim of the Celebration
The aim of this celebration of the 10 year anniversary of the Independence Day of East Timor is:
  1. To celebrate the 10 year Independence Day of East Timor,
  2. To build up the feeling of Patriotism and Nationalism  as being East Timorese,
  3. To recall the history of the nation,
  4. To build up better relationship and brotherhood among Timorese students, communities and friends, and
  5. To establish the unity and peaceful environments among others.

Saturday, 19 May 2012
10am — 6pm

Mass at 10am followed by ceremony program

OASIS Common room & mall
Flinders University, Bedford Park

The celebration is being arranged as follows:
9:30am  : Arrival of guests
10:00am  : Mass
After Mass  : Invites all to sing Timor-Leste National anthem “Patria, Patria”. 
  • Welcome by MC
  • Short speech from the representative of;
    1.  Australia – East Timor Friendship Association (AETFA),
    2.  International Student Services (ISSU), Flinders University,
    3.  TSASG President
  • Cake for the anniversary
  • Distribution of awards for soccer winning team
12:00pm  : Lunch (BBQ)
  • Documentary on Death of a Nation.
  • Slides show on the Timor-Leste Development.
  • Musical Animations by TSASG Musical & Art Section group.
5:30pm  : Closing Ceremony

With this invitation, we hope to have your participation in this event. Thank you for your attention and your collaboration.
Yours truly,

Mr Cirilo Pereira Mendonca 
TSASG President 
Ph: (+61) 451 377 868 
Ms Maria Amelia Barreto 
Vice-president of TSASG 
Ph: (+61) 452 184 552 

Consolidating Democracy

"No political society is perfect and democratic consolidation can only exist in relative terms. But in Timor-Leste, democracy has become increasingly consolidated and, if the process continues, will stand as a shining example to others with much longer, less challenging and more generous democratic traditions."  
Prof Damien Kingsbury.

Read more here.
Taur Matan Ruak, new President of Timor-Leste, showing ink on his finger after voting.


"Timor-Leste has ... adopt[ed] the old [Indonesian] ‘New Order’ term for the democratic process: pesta demokrasi, or festival of democracy. Under Indonesia’s New Order, one needed a fine sense of irony to use this term.
But in Timor-Leste, the festival of democracy has taken on a new, full and rich meaning. The first part of the festival has concluded. We now await the main act. "
Prof Damien Kingsbury

Read more here.

Alola SA's

High Tea

Have high tea & help women & children in East Timor!

2pm Sunday

22 July 2012

@ Stamford Plaza

150 North Terrace

Adelaide  SA  5000

Guest speaker

Dr Amelia Barreto

Ministry of Health, East Timor
(and Vice-president,
Timorese SA Student Group)
Early Bird Ticket $30.00*
after 1 June Tickets $35.00* each
To purchase tickets or donate go to
Please bring your friends - tables of 10 are available! 
Donation of items for prizes and silent auction welcome
Above: East Timorese election officials count ballots for the first round of the presidential elections in Dili.


Parliamentary Election Observers


7 July 2012

Following on from the completion of the 2-round Presidential Elections, the Parliamentary Elections have been rescheduled to 7 July (originally 30 June).
The opportunity still remains to register with the Australia Timor-Leste Friendship Network Election Observers Team, but please move quickly!

With support from Deakin University’s Centre for Citizenship, Development and Human Rights (CCDHR), Australia Timor-Leste Friendship Network (AusTimorFN) provided the largest contigent of international observers to this years 2-rounds of the presidential election, followed by the contigent organised by ETAN, the US based group.
AusTimorFN and CCDHR organise the accreditation of observers, and training/briefing in Timor-Leste.
For more details please email Ray Kingsbury ... NOW! ... if you are at all interested in being an election observer.

You can read the formal observers report from the first round of the Presidential Election here.

Queuing to vote in Leohitu, Balibo Sub District. ATLFN Election Observer in foreground.
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