In May 2018, barrister and former ACT Attorney General Bernard Collaery was charged under the Intelligence Services Act. His crime? Representing the East Timorese Government in their case against Australia in the Hague, a case seeking to nullify the Timor Sea Treaty after whistleblower Witness K revealed the Australian Government had illegally and shamefully bugged their neighbour and wartime ally - one of the poorest nations on Earth - for commercial advantage. In Oil Under Troubled Water, Bernard Collaery provides the sordid backstory to what has been described as “Australia’s biggest political scandal”.
Ma Jian will no longer be appearing at Adelaide Writers’ Week due to ill health
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Linda Jaivin is the author of eleven books, including seven novels and the Quarterly Essay Found in Translation. She is also a cultural commentator, co-editor of the China Story Yearbook at the Australian National University, and literary and film translator.