Paul Cleary is a senior writer with The Australian and a researcher in Indigenous development at the Australian National University. In a career spanning 20 years he has reported on politics and economics for a decade in the Canberra Press Gallery, and worked as a correspondent in Southeast Asia and as a political adviser. Awarded a Chevening fellowship by the UK Foreign Office to study at SOAS, University of London, he became an adviser to government of newly-independent East Timor. His books include Shakedown – Australia’s Grab for Timor Oil and, in 2010, The Men Who Came Out of the Ground. To discuss the topic of his new book, Paul Cleary addressed the Sydney Institute on Tuesday 17 August 2010.

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