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Helping travellers uncover Indonesia’s hidden gems

Helping travellers uncover Indonesia’s hidden gems

January 3, 2018 By Ben Read

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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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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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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A case study of Indonesia-Australia long-term business cooperation: Bucini and Henk Berg

A case study of Indonesia-Australia long-term business cooperation: Bucini and Henk Berg

October 24, 2017 By Dr Diana Sari

Trust is paramount when doing business, and becomes very important if you want to deal with a company abroad. The key prerequisite for the development of successful inter-organisational relationships is the prevalence of healthy interpersonal relations Open communication between people from the companies, the gradual gaining of personal credibility, and the cultivation of personal affection […]

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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 the […]

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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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