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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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Helping travellers uncover Indonesia’s hidden gems

Helping travellers uncover Indonesia’s hidden gems

January 3, 2018

Is it possible that anyone who has flown to Bali would not notice the glaring contrast between the images used to promote this “island paradise” and what one sees on the ground? Nearly everyone must wonder for a moment if places like Kuta Beach and Ubud have become textbook examples of killing the goose that […]

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ReelOzInd! pops up in Indonesian high schools

ReelOzInd! pops up in Indonesian high schools

December 19, 2017 By Dr Gaston Soehadi

In 2017, the ReelOzInd! Australia Indonesia Short Film Festival or bioskop keliling screened in 12 Indonesian cities at 14 venues including  pop-up screenings in Makassar and Samarinda, , new to the program this year. In Australia, the travelling festival screened at eight venues in half a dozen cities from Canberra to Cairns. Festival audiences in […]

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Addressing the ‘macet’ problem of Jakarta

Addressing the ‘macet’ problem of Jakarta

December 18, 2017 By Kevin Evans

There are several words and phrases a visitor to Indonesia should learn. These include – Apa kabar? How are you? and Terima kasih Thank you. In Jakarta, the visitor will also quickly learn the word macet – traffic jam. I have yet to find a clear calculation of the cost of macet to the economy […]

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Fighting the rise of non-communicable diseases starts with children and adolescents

Fighting the rise of non-communicable diseases starts with children and adolescents

December 15, 2017

Indonesia and Australia’s rising burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is being tackled with a suite of projects designed to bring attention to risk factors early in life and improve overall health. The work, which is supported by The Australia-Indonesia Centre, focuses on three areas: tobacco use, mental health and improving communication between healthcare providers and […]

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Here comes the Leisure Economy!

Here comes the Leisure Economy!

December 5, 2017 By Dr Diana Sari

The rise in Indonesian middle-class income is already affecting Indonesian lifestyles and changing their spending behaviour. Consumers are shifting their consumption from non-leisure to leisure (head of BPS, 2017). Indonesian people used to spend their weekends strolling with the family in malls to shop (or just window shop), or to eat out with family. Nowadays, […]

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The Australia-Indonesia Centre appoints Digital Economy Fellow

The Australia-Indonesia Centre appoints Digital Economy Fellow

November 30, 2017

The Australia-Indonesia Centre appoints former ABC Indonesia correspondent Helen Brown as its inaugural Digital Economy Fellow. Indonesia’s digital economy is expected to be worth A$265 billion by 2025. With a population of 255 million, Indonesia has a middle class twice the size of Australia’s population. More than half of its population is under the age […]

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Improving rail safety in Indonesia and Australia: The sweet spot for rail repair vs efficiency

Improving rail safety in Indonesia and Australia: The sweet spot for rail repair vs efficiency

November 24, 2017

Computer models to predict how railcars will respond to different track conditions are being developed by Indonesian and Australian researchers, to improve rail safety and efficiency in both countries. They’ve already created a successful model for passenger carriages, which has been validated against the performance of trains in Indonesia. Now the researchers are working on […]

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