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Indonesia votes 2019: Election rituals

Indonesia votes 2019: Election rituals

April 10, 2019 By Kevin Evans

Every nation develops its own special election rituals. In Australia there is the almost church-like reverence as votes are counted in schoolrooms across the nation with eagle-eyed party scrutineers watching carefully to ensure their candidates do not lose a vote. Over the past couple of decades there has also been Antony Green’s cheerful face on […]

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Notes from South Sulawesi: On road and rail from Makassar to Parepare

Notes from South Sulawesi: On road and rail from Makassar to Parepare

April 10, 2019 By Helen Fletcher-Kennedy

As the AIC prepares to launch its new collaborative research program, the Partnership for Australia-Indonesia Research (PAIR), in South Sulawesi later this year, we took to the road for three days in late March to meet with the communities that live along the trans-Sulawesi highway between Makassar and Parepare. With me were the Centre’s CEO Eugene […]

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Indonesia votes 2019: Fourth debate pits Jokowi the Optimist against Prabowo the Nostalgic

Indonesia votes 2019: Fourth debate pits Jokowi the Optimist against Prabowo the Nostalgic

April 1, 2019 By Kevin Evans and Dwi Yuliantoro

The themes for this fourth and second-last debate were national ideology, governance, defence and security, and foreign policy. The debate, on 30 March, featured only the two presidential candidates. National ideology Candidates were asked how they would affirm the national philosophy of Pancasila without resorting to indoctrination.* Prabowo began by noting that Pancasila was the […]

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Indonesian Media in Brief: MRT opens in Jakarta

Indonesian Media in Brief: MRT opens in Jakarta

March 29, 2019 By Jesse Thomas

More than twenty years in the making, the new MRT was inaugurated on Sunday 24 March 2019 in Jakarta. According to Jokowi, “the [MRT] is part of a new culture because this is a first in Indonesia”. Beyond the transformation of the capital city’s public transport system, it is hoped that the MRT will also […]

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Indonesia votes 2019: Vice-presidential hopefuls play a straight bat in third debate

Indonesia votes 2019: Vice-presidential hopefuls play a straight bat in third debate

March 20, 2019 By Kevin Evans

It is now one month to polling day! The debate between the vice-presidential candidates was conducted on Sunday 17 March. The debate featured KH Ma’ruf Amin, the 76-year-old running mate of incumbent President Joko Widodo, and Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno the youthful 49-year-old running mate of challenger Prabowo Subianto. Other differences between the two candidates are […]

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Indonesian Media in Brief: Construction sector pushes for better safety standards

Indonesian Media in Brief: Construction sector pushes for better safety standards

March 15, 2019 By Jesse Thomas

In 2019, infrastructure and human resources are a major focus for the Indonesian government. Gearing up for the April elections, Jokowi has aimed to highlight the progress made under his leadership in these areas, particularly through transport, water management and telecommunications infrastructure. This success, however, has been tainted by loss and workplace injury. A key […]

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Asleep at the wheel? Australian economic engagement with Indonesia

Asleep at the wheel? Australian economic engagement with Indonesia

March 14, 2019 By Andrew Parker

This is an excerpt from Andrew Parker’s address at the Australian Institute of International Affairs Victoria in Melbourne on 12 March 2019. I would like to start out by providing some perspectives on the opportunities and the risks for Australia and Indonesia. I will then talk a bit about Indonesia and our economic relationship and […]

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The time is now, but patience needed for Australian education in Indonesia

The time is now, but patience needed for Australian education in Indonesia

March 12, 2019 By Dr Eugene Sebastian

Now that the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) is signed, Australia’s training sector has an opportunity to build on a small base. Indonesia’s young and expanding population, its geographic proximity and its steady economic trajectory towards the top 10 global economies by 2030 make it a key market for Australia. Indonesia’s need for education […]

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Indonesian Media in Brief: Women and work in Indonesia

Indonesian Media in Brief: Women and work in Indonesia

March 8, 2019 By Jesse Thomas

Friday 8 March marks International Women’s Day – a day to celebrate women, and to call for greater gender equality across the globe. In Jakarta, the annual Women’s March will be moved ahead to 27 April, a date chosen for its proximity to Kartini Day, as well as to avoid the politics of the general […]

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