Commentary

Guide to the 2019 Indonesian Elections: Path to the Presidency

Guide to the 2019 Indonesian Elections: Path to the Presidency

September 20, 2018 By Kevin Evans

On Wed 17 April 2019, 190 million Indonesian voters will set off to the polls to elect their President and Vice-President. On this day they will also elect 136 members of the national Regions House, a kind of weak Senate, together with 575 members of the powerful House of Representatives. In addition they will elect […]

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Indonesia: The Best Invitation We Will Get

Indonesia: The Best Invitation We Will Get

September 17, 2018 By Andrew Parker

Australia’s relationship with Indonesia does not have to be marked by crisis. Australians should make the most of the soon-to-be-signed Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement. Three years ago one of Australia’s foremost Indonesian analysts, Ken Ward, published an essay titled “Condemned to crisis” in which he argued that the Australia-Indonesia relationship has been, and will […]

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Australian universities to benefit in Australia-Indonesia free trade deal

Australian universities to benefit in Australia-Indonesia free trade deal

September 5, 2018 By Avery Poole

On August 31, Prime Minister Scott Morrison secured an end to negotiations on a new free trade agreement with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, opening a path for Australian universities to build new campuses in Indonesia. Negotiations began in 2012, but have recently ramped up. President Widodo and Prime Minister Morrison signed a memorandum of understanding […]

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A closer look at Australia-Indonesia trade potential

A closer look at Australia-Indonesia trade potential

August 29, 2018 By Kevin Evans

Australia and Indonesia sign off on a new Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) at the end of August. This is a welcome development in efforts to increase commercial ties between these two G20 neighbours. The negotiation of these kinds of trade agreements, which are invariably very detailed in nature, offer a valuable opportunity for each […]

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Highlights: Human Capital Development – Focus of 2019 Budget & President Jokowi’s Independence Day Eve Speech

Highlights: Human Capital Development – Focus of 2019 Budget & President Jokowi’s Independence Day Eve Speech

August 20, 2018 By Ghian Tjandaputra

On the eve of Independence Day celebration, President Joko Widodo delivered the annual “State of the Nation” speech to outline the government’s achievements in the preceding year and its priorities for the following year, as reflected in the draft Budget (RAPBN). In late 2017, the President announced that the Government would shift its focus to […]

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Tobacco company in Indonesia skirts regulation, uses music concerts and social media for marketing

Tobacco company in Indonesia skirts regulation, uses music concerts and social media for marketing

August 6, 2018 By Putu Ayu Swandewi Astuti & Becky Freeman

PT HM Sampoerna/Philip Morris International uses creativity and empowerment messages through social media to market their cigarettes to a younger audience. www.shutterstock.com Putu Ayu Swandewi Astuti, University of Sydney dan Becky Freeman, University of Sydney In the era of selfies, “likes,” and #hashtags, the tobacco industry has adapted its marketing strategies and embraced social media […]

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How Australia can meet Indonesia’s demand for high quality skills training

How Australia can meet Indonesia’s demand for high quality skills training

August 1, 2018 By Nigel Carpenter

President Widodo has elevated infrastructure investment to the top priority and has an enormous investment agenda. In this case it appears likely that a major constraint will be skills. Already, key projects are heavily staffed by foreigners – a practice that Indonesia simply can’t sustain. Indonesia is a fiercely independent country with an economy that […]

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Undoing old perceptions: trade, diplomacy and statecraft

Undoing old perceptions: trade, diplomacy and statecraft

July 27, 2018 By Endy M. Bayuni

Much to the frustration of diplomats in Jakarta and Canberra, positive trends have yet to change the way the Indonesian pub­lic looks at Australia. The old view of Australia as a white man’s colony in Asia still remains dominant, and Indonesian political leaders often play this up, exploiting the public’s ignorance whenever the two coun­tries […]

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Seaweed, Indonesia’s answer to the global plastic crisis

Seaweed, Indonesia’s answer to the global plastic crisis

July 27, 2018 By Bakti Berlyanto Sedayu

The most dangerous element from discarded plastic waste is microplastics. www.shutterstock.com The impacts of global plastic use have reached an alarming level. Based on the latest data, 9 billion tonnes of plastics have been produced since the 1950s, creating 7 billion tonnes of waste. Plastic waste not only damages the environment and threaten animal life but […]

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