Commentary

We can learn from our sophisticated Indonesian neighbours

We can learn from our sophisticated Indonesian neighbours

February 21, 2016 By Harold Mitchell AC

For many families it’s back to school time. “Do you remember the day,” says Charlie, “when your Mum bought you a jumper at the beginning of the year that was too big, saying you were going to grow into it?” Louise remembers something different; she used to get hand-me-down jumpers and shoes from her brother. […]

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A foreign investor’s view: Will Indonesia’s economy recover?

A foreign investor’s view: Will Indonesia’s economy recover?

January 10, 2016 By James Castle

After five years of steadily deteriorating economic performance, the Indonesian economy may be in the process of turning around. After reaching a 21st-century high of 6.4 percent in 2010, the country’s GDP growth rate has been lower every year since. It is unlikely to be higher than 4.7 percent this year, the lowest level since […]

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What are your true colours?: A conversation

What are your true colours?: A conversation

August 18, 2015 By Delita Sartika

Colourfields series 2013, Lindsay Blamey. This article was originally published in Inside Indonesia. I hope the statement (made by Tony Abbott) does not reflect the true colours of Australians… Threats are not part of diplomatic language and no one responds well to threats. -Armanatha Nasir, Indonesian foreign ministry spokesperson, February 2015 This statement was shared […]

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Jokowi’s Cabinet Changes: The No Ruffle Reshuffle

Jokowi’s Cabinet Changes: The No Ruffle Reshuffle

August 16, 2015 By James Castle

After months of speculation and political sand throwing within his own coalition, President Jokowi has made the first changes to his Working Cabinet (Kabinet Kerja). Given the heated criticisms and public attacks of the past few months, the actual changes have barely caused a ripple in either Jokowi’s minority coalition or the majority opposition. Overall, […]

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Ambassador Nadjib Riphat Kesoema: Indonesia-Australia relationship will flourish with long-term vision

Ambassador Nadjib Riphat Kesoema: Indonesia-Australia relationship will flourish with long-term vision

August 15, 2015

Indonesian Ambassador to Australia Nadjib Riphat Kesoema. In an opinion piece published in The Australian, Indonesian Ambassador to Australia Nadjib Riphat Kesoema set a long-term vision for the Indonesia-Australia relationship. Seventy years ago, just a few days after Japan surrendered to the Allies at the end of World War, II Sukarno, Muhammad Hatta and a number of Indonesia’s […]

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Professor Jon Cattapan: Arts collaboration brings Australians and Indonesians together

Professor Jon Cattapan: Arts collaboration brings Australians and Indonesians together

August 13, 2015

Professor Jon Cattapan, one of Australia’s leading visual artists, encourages Australian artists to look beyond the North and collaborate with their counterparts in Indonesia. Speaking at the Lunchtime Talk series at The Australia-Indonesia Centre, Professor Cattapan shared insights from his experience in collaborating with the Indonesia Institute of Arts (ISI) in artistic research. “The development of artistic […]

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Jokowi’s Indonesia: A new sheriff in town

Jokowi’s Indonesia: A new sheriff in town

December 19, 2014 By James Castle

Indonesia is closing the books on 2014 facing significant economic headwinds but also experiencing some genuine optimism that freshly-elected President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) is making real progress safeguarding the budget, pushing administrative reforms badly needed to boost growth and reduce corruption and even consolidating his position in the badly-fragmented national legislature. From the November fuel […]

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Indonesia’s New Ministers: what people are saying

Indonesia’s New Ministers: what people are saying

October 26, 2014

Ministers in the newly-announced Indonesian cabinet will face not only the challenge of managing their portfolios; they will also have to face Indonesian civil society and media which are now highly empowered and have found many channels to voice their opinions and demands. Here, you will be able to read a selection of what people […]

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