Subject: Australia announces $52m for East Timor
also Australia to help justice system access to disadvantaged in ETimor
Australia announces $52m for East Timor
Posted 10 hours 33 minutes ago
Australia has pledged $52 million in aid to East Timor.
Of the money, $24 million will go to help create short-term employment and training opportunities for young people and a further $28 million will go towards helping disadvantaged people access the justice system.
Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance Bob McMullan made the announcement during a five-day visit to East Timor today.
He says many East Timorese have lost confidence in the legal system due to years of civil unrest.
"We are in the process of trying to help the justice system by helping the administration of the system and helping the poor people get access to justice, a bit like what we think of in Australia as legal aid," he said.
Mr McMullan says the unemployment rate for young men living in urban areas of East Timor is 43 per cent.
"It has potentially serious social and economic consequences, so generating employment for these young men and providing training so that they can take up these employment opportunities are two big long-term priorities," he said.
ABC Radio Australia