Information about the Treaty between Australia and Timor-Leste on
This treaty was signed by Foreign Ministers Alexander Downer and Jose Ramos-Horta in Sydney on 12 January 2006, with Prime Ministers John Howard and Mari Alkatiri looking on (photo).
Timor-Leste ratified it on 20 February 2007.
On 7 February 2007, the Australian government tabled the treaty in its Parliament, and the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties began an inquiry.
On 22 February 2007, Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer sent a letter to the Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on Treaties invoking the "national interest exemption" to enable the treaty to enter into force without a Parliamentary waiting period. The next day, he announced that it had entered into force.
CMATS treaty texts and attachments
Media articles relating to CMATS and concurrent negotiations (2005-6)
Timor-Leste Government announces treaty to be signed (9 January 2006)
Timor-Leste Government press release (12 January 2006)
Timor Sea Justice Campaign (Australia) release on Treaty. (12 January 2006)
ETAN/U.S. Statement on Treaty (15 January 2006)
Questions and Answers on the CMATS Treaty by Jeffrey J. Smith (PDF) (15 January 2006)
Table of how the Australia-Timor split of oil revenue has changed with evolving legal situation.
La'o Hamutuk press release (23 January 2006)
La'o Hamutuk letter to RDTL Parliament (March 2006)
La'o Hamutuk Bulletin comprehensive analysis of the history and meaning of CMATS Treaty (April 2006)
La'o Hamutuk public meeting on CMATS Treaty, (18 January 2007)
La'o Hamutuk letter to Timor-Leste Parliament regarding CMATS Treaty, (14 February 2007)
Now you CMATS, now you don’t by Mark Byrne in New Matilda Magazine(6 March 2007)
Submissions to the Australian Parliament Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (16 March 2007) from
Robert King (long history of negotiations since 1960s)
Australian Government press release and fact sheet (12 January 2006)
Parliamentary media release on CMATS inquiry (8 February 2007)
Letter from Alexander Downer to Joint Standing Committee on Treaties invoking "National Interest Exemption" (22 February 2007)
Transcript of Parliamentary Treaties Committee hearing (26 February 2007)
Transcript (Hansard) of debate on CMATS in the Australian Parliament (28 February 2007)
Transcript (Hansard) of debate on CMATS in the Australian Senate (22 March 2007)
The Timor-Leste Institute for Development Monitoring and Analysis (La’o Hamutuk)