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Last Flight Out of Dili: Memoirs of an Accidental Activist in the Triumph of East Timor


Last Flight Out of Dili
Memoirs of an Accidental Activist in the Triumph of East Timor

This book is a rare combination of human interest experiences with a rigorous political analysis of East Timor’s rise from  ‘hopeless cause’ to freedom

A personal narrative of a close 30-year, involvement with the East Timor led to curiosity about the origins of the Indonesian invasion and a critical, fully documented account of Australia’s role in the events of 1974-75 and in subsequent years.  It uses personal correspondence with José Ramos-Horta to give immediacy to the story.

The author also contends Australia has regarded the people of East Timor as expendable in Australia’s interests on at least three occasions.

The book was launched by Nobel Laureate, Jose Ramos-Horta in November 2005.


David Scott has spent a good part of his life committed to the cause of East Timor.  He first went to East Timor in November 1975 just a few days before the Indonesian invasion and was forced to leave on the last flight out of Dili. 

David Scott wrote this book over a number of years using primary resources, particularly his extensive correspondence with key players such as José Ramos Horta when East Timor was under occupation and cut off from the rest of the world.

His book is a mixture of memoir, historical research and political analysis providing us with new information and fresh insights.

David Scott has spent his life dedicated to community service. He was Executive Director of the Brotherhood of St Lawrence, Chairman of Community Aid Abroad, President of the Australian Council for Overseas Aid, Vice –President, Commonwealth Social Security Advisory Council; Member, Council of RMIT, Executive Chairman of the Victorian Land Conservation Council, Commissioner of the State Electricity Commission of Victoria.

In 1975, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia; resigned in 1976 because of the Australian Government’s betrayal of East Timor, and was readmitted in 1992.   He is an Adjunct Professor at the Swinburne Institute of Social Research.

David is the author of Don’t Mourn for Me: Organise. The Social and   Political uses of Voluntary Organisations (Allen & Unwin, 1981).

In the Second World War David served on the destroyer HMAS Arunta, joining it a short time after Arunta evacuated the 2/2nd Independent Company from East Timor.

David Scott’s book is dedicated to the courageous people of East Timor and their supporters – ordinary Australians and non-government and community groups who persisted when all seemed lost.

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ISBN: 186403 376 2                  ARRP:$34.95


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