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Jakarta designers smash Aust stereotypes

Jakarta designers smash Aust stereotypes

October 26, 2015

Originally published in The Australian. WITH their boxy, masculine shapes and muted colour palette, Jakarta label ETU is probably not what comes to mind when Australians think of Indonesian fashion, or Muslim wear. ETU’S collection will hit the runways of Melbourne Fashion Festival next year, after the label won the 2016 Young Indonesian Fashion Designer […]

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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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The AIC congratulates all new ministers

The AIC congratulates all new ministers

October 24, 2014 By Paul Ramadge

The Australia-Indonesia Centre (AIC) congratulates all new ministers in President Joko Widodo’s first administration. We wish them well as they use their individual and collective wisdom to guide Indonesia towards growth, prosperity and equality. The lineup of experience is impressive. Of special note is the appointment of Ibu Retno Marsudi as the first female Foreign […]

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Paul Ramadge’s speech at Ari Sharp’s ‘Risky Business’ book launch

Paul Ramadge’s speech at Ari Sharp’s ‘Risky Business’ book launch

September 30, 2014 By Paul Ramadge

The book is a reminder that contemporary Indonesia is full of paradoxes, sometimes moving painfully slowly, at other times moving with almost terrifying speed. Some Indonesian entrepreneurs – the ones who build cities – like saying “We build the boat while we sail” Selamat malam. It is an honour to be invited to speak tonight. […]

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Consolidation of Capital the Key for Jokowi’s Government

Consolidation of Capital the Key for Jokowi’s Government

September 12, 2014 By Professor Greg Barton

That Jokowi is a good man is not in dispute.  Even his rival Prabowo does not contest this point.  The question is whether Jokowi will be a good president. As it was with his predecessor this turns on two axis: his personal capacity for top-level leadership and the composition of his cabinet team.  The first […]

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