HC Deb 16 October 2002 vol 390 c859W
Llew Smith

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a further statement, with reference to the documents made public by the Australian Government in September 2000, on the attack at Balibo, East Timor on 16 October 1975. [73697]

Mr. Mike O'Brien

In September 2000, the Australian Government published a volume of documents taken from their archives on their relations with East Timor from 1974–76. A number of these documents refer to the deaths of the journalists in the attack on Balibo.

The British Government gave the Australian Government clearance to publish a number of official documents which referred to information obtained from British diplomatic sources.