Subject: Daily Media Review 23 July 2003


Dili, July 22 2003

Daily Media Review

Portuguese Government to Support Needed Centres in TL

The Portuguese Government will pledge about 130 million dollars to support one of the main social centers for those in need in Timor-Leste, said the Portuguese Minister of Social Security and Employment António Bagão Félix after a visit to the location in Aileu. The project "Open House" was established in that village by Timorese national, Sister Lurdes, who turned it into one of the main projects of social actions in the nation. (Lusa)

Australia to change the status of service in Timor-Leste

Australia is to halve the number of troops serving in Timor-Leste and scrap their tax-free status. According to a report by ABC, the Australian Defence Force plans to declare the nature of service in Timor-Leste to be non-warlike. The 1,000 Australian troops serving in Timor-Leste will rotate home in November and be replaced with a force of about half that number. The Chief of the Defence Force has ruled that from August 18 the status of service in Timor-Leste will change from warlike to non-warlike. That means troops in the new rotation will lose their $A125 a day Timor allowance and their tax-free status. All pay and conditions will be taxable. Previously, troops serving in Timor-Leste received the Active Service medal, however, in future it will be the Australian Service medal. (ABC)

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