Commentary

Essay Series: ‘Redefining Indonesia’ by Leila S. Chudori

Essay Series: ‘Redefining Indonesia’ by Leila S. Chudori

October 5, 2016

  This essay is part of a series commissioned by the Australia-Indonesia Centre, with leading writers and commentators from Indonesia and Australia each looking closely at their own society, cultures and political situations. Bahasa Indonesia.  Translated by Jenny Lindsay 21 May 1998 It was the third day in a row that I had got up early […]

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Why Indonesia really matters

Why Indonesia really matters

August 14, 2016 By Paul Ramadge and Marc L’Huillier

The story of Indonesia and Australia often focuses on differences – the cultural and religious divide, security issues, disparities in the structure and development of the economies, contrasts in business practices, small and large populations, issues of national sovereignty. You can judge each country positively or negatively from many angles and the countries do, of […]

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Remembering Sabam Siagian

Remembering Sabam Siagian

June 6, 2016 By Basoeki Koesasi

Sabam Pandapotan Siagian – who passed away on June 3 – was a great friend of Australia. In Indonesia, Pak Sabam is mainly remembered as the first Editor-in-Chief of The Jakarta Post, the English-language paper he helped to set up (and which is still going strong). He was at heart a journalist, but from an […]

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Australia’s energy future lies across the Timor Sea

Australia’s energy future lies across the Timor Sea

April 15, 2016 By Ariel Liebman

Given the somewhat gloomy outlook for Australia’s energy industry’s growth prospects, Australians might be surprised to learn that there are domestic energy markets in the region that, unlike Australia’s, are not in stagnation. This is particularly relevant to the Australian electricity industry. While traditional growth opportunities for the electricity industry in Australia, as well as […]

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Embracing risk in the Asian Century

Embracing risk in the Asian Century

March 31, 2016 By Andrew Parker

  Fortune favours the brave.  So why is Australia so reluctant to take risks? There’s no doubt Australia is performing well across the global business stage. A quarter of a century of uninterrupted GDP growth makes us an OECD stand-out. But what about the next such period? PwC’s  ‘World by 2050’ report suggests we’re on […]

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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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