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LIV gives keys to communication

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Cite as: (2004) 78(7) LIJ, p. 19

The Law Institute is leading a campaign to ship manual typewriters to East Timor to help improve communication on the impoverished island.

The Institute has donated three typewriters in reply to a call for help from the Consul-General for East Timor in Australia Abel Guterres.

It has now called on the legal profession to follow its lead by raiding cabinets to find more.

Institute president Chris Dale said the lack of access to electricity in East Timor meant only manual typewriters could be sent.

Mr Dale said such a small donation would mean so much for the burgeoning nation.

“The fact is that they don’t have in East Timor many of the things we take for granted here – such as electricity.

“So to create an environment where law can be practised and documents can be typed you’ve got to fall back on old-fashioned typewriters.”

Mr Dale said there were bound to be typewriters which haven’t been used for years lying around in people’s garages, attics and bottom drawers.

A shipment of typewriters will depart Melbourne next month.

To donate a typewriter, contact Bill O’Shea at b.o’shea@alfred.org.au.

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