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'Empty Land'? The Politics of Land in Timor-Leste

Cryan, Meabh


During the land law consultations of 2009, then minister for justice Sra Lucia Lobato frequently referred to the vast quantities of ‘empty land’ that needed to be brought under state control in order to drive investment in Timor-Leste. These statements and comments reflect the predominantly top-down, neoliberal paradigm that the Timor-Leste government has adopted in its Strategic Development Plan 2011–2030 (RDTL 2010). In the government’s view of land, there are vast, ‘empty’ areas of forest,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Press (1965-Present)
Date published: 2015
Type: Book chapter
Source: A New Era? Timor-Leste after the UN


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