409 Record of Conversation Between Renouf and Woolcott

Canberra, 30 January 1976

East Timor

  1. In accordance with the Minister's instructions, I telephoned Mr Woolcott at 10.45 a.m. on 30 January. I impressed upon Woolcott the need for him to do everything possible to persuade Indonesia to allow Mr Winspeare to visit Fretilin-held areas in East Timor.1 I told him that in the opinion of the Australian Government, Indonesia would be well advised, in its own interests, to allow this to happen.
  2. Woolcott said that he understood and would do his very best. He had already lined up a number of appointments on 30 January for this purpose. Of course, the going would be hard as Indonesia was already falling back upon the argument that she would have to consult the PGET; in other words, it was not strictly Indonesia's business.
  3. Woolcott also 'flagged' discreetly with me the point that if we wanted Indonesia to be receptive about the idea of Mr Fraser visiting Bali at the end of the Asean Summit, it would be helpful not to be too critical of Indonesia's policy in its various aspects towards East Timor at this particular time.

[NAA: Al838, 3038/13/2/1, xii]