I'll I will say is the media doesn't know the half of what is ready to go. It's a lot more than just navy ships. Keep your eyes on Darwin in the near future if the situation continues to worsen.In Canberra, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said Australia's military was ready and willing to go to the aid of East Timor.
"Reports we have been getting yesterday and today are that parts of Dili and other parts of the country are descending into violence," he said in Parliament.
Australia has deployed navy ships in waters near Timor as a contingency. New Zealand has put about 30 troops on standby.
"They are on 48 hours' notice ... just in case," New Zealand Defence Force spokesman Mike Shatford said.