Commentary

Technology’s shifting sands and the need to reconfigure government

Technology’s shifting sands and the need to reconfigure government

January 8, 2018 By Kevin Evans

‘Disruption’ is a term that comes to mind when we think of transformations in economic and commercial interactions, both in terms of what is produced and consumed but also in the ways in which they are conveyed or mediated. When a company like Indonesia’s rocketing start-up Go-Jek can provide services that include ticket booking, food […]

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Of ballots and Constitutional Court verdicts

Of ballots and Constitutional Court verdicts

November 20, 2017 By Kevin Evans

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) announced on 15 November 2017 that over 61% of Australians said yes to the question: “Should the law be changed to allow same sex couples to marry?” With almost 80% of eligible voters taking the time to participate in this voluntary postal survey, the response by the people was […]

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Indonesia’s anti-Corruption fight inspires Afghanistan

Indonesia’s anti-Corruption fight inspires Afghanistan

October 13, 2017 By Kevin Evans

Mr Jones, my crusty old grade 6 school teacher, used to say “you can learn from the greatest of fools, Evans”. It was a comment he usually made after I made managed to proffer some new view on something or other. Even so his advice was very wise and never forgotten. In 2008, a great […]

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Cooperatives: from wishbone to backbone

Cooperatives: from wishbone to backbone

October 2, 2017 By Kevin Evans

  I had the great privilege of working in the Centre for Rural and Regional Development Studies (P3PK) at UGM in early 1991. Working in the presence of luminaries like the late Prof Mubyarto and so many young researchers from across disciplines was always exciting. Issues related to the role that cooperatives should play in […]

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‘The Indonesian economy is at a crossroads’ – Chatib Basri and Mari Pangestu on Indonesia’s economic future

‘The Indonesian economy is at a crossroads’ – Chatib Basri and Mari Pangestu on Indonesia’s economic future

September 20, 2017

At the Australian National University’s Indonesia Update 2017, held on September 15 and 16, Helen Brown of Bisnis Asia spoke to former Indonesian Minister of Finance M. Chatib Basri and former Indonesian Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Mari Pangestu about the future of Indonesia’s economy. “I would say that the Indonesian economy is at […]

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Working towards a culture of respect

Working towards a culture of respect

August 17, 2017 By Helen Fletcher-Kennedy

Australia could learn a great deal from its populous neighbour. As Indonesia continues its transformation into a consolidated and certainly at times rambunctious democracy while maintaining brisk rates of economic development, it has achieved this whilst recognising, preserving and celebrating its ancient and diverse cultural roots and traditions. As I drove to work earlier this […]

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‘A shift in thinking about Indonesia will reveal untapped markets for Australian fintech business’ – Mahendra Siregar

‘A shift in thinking about Indonesia will reveal untapped markets for Australian fintech business’ – Mahendra Siregar

August 16, 2017

Former Chairman of the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) and Australia-Indonesia Centre board member, Mahendra Siregar, has spoken to Helen Brown of Bisnis Asia about the digital revolution happening in Indonesia and the opportunities for Australian fintech businesses. “If [fintech entrepreneurs] can get to the 60% of the [Indonesian] population that is still yet to […]

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What could giant batteries mean for Indonesian energy?

What could giant batteries mean for Indonesian energy?

July 25, 2017

In response to blackouts and concerns over energy supply, South Australia is getting the world’s largest lithium-ion battery. What exactly does this mean for the future of energy in Australia, and could such an approach work for Indonesia? “The announcement of the Neoen and Tesla investment in a 100MW/129MWh battery adjacent to the Hornsdale wind-farm […]

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