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After a Holy Land hiccup, IA-CEPA steps up synergy in a fast-transforming region

After a Holy Land hiccup, IA-CEPA steps up synergy in a fast-transforming region

March 5, 2019 By Kevin Evans and Dwi Yuliantoro

In late August 2018, during his first week as prime minister, Scott Morrison fulfilled his predecessor’s commitment to visit Indonesia to witness the initialling of the conclusion of negotiations for the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA). During the same visit the prime minister and President Joko Widodo also declared a deepening of the bilateral […]

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26 young Indonesian tech-preneurs take a tour of the Australian eco-system

26 young Indonesian tech-preneurs take a tour of the Australian eco-system

March 4, 2019

Twenty-six young Indonesian entrepreneurs recently undertook the Australia Awards ‘Start-up Ecosystems Course’ run by Flinders University’s New Venture Institute (NVI). Developed in consultation with the Australian Government and industry representatives, the course aims to help develop Indonesia’s already-vibrant start-up community, transform traditional markets to online markets and generate more capital for start-ups. Over 16 days […]

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Indonesian Media in Brief: Indonesia wages war on plastic

Indonesian Media in Brief: Indonesia wages war on plastic

March 1, 2019 By Jesse Thomas

Starting from 1 March 2019, plastic bags at Indonesian shops will no longer be free as the Indonesian Retail Traders Association implements their ‘no free plastic bag’ policy. Indonesia’s plastic consumption is among the highest in the world, and as an archipelago, Indonesia’s oceans have taken the hardest hit from this mass plastic waste. Maritime […]

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Averting a crisis of agriculture in the disruption era – Boardroom Dialogue with Dr Arif Satria

Averting a crisis of agriculture in the disruption era – Boardroom Dialogue with Dr Arif Satria

March 1, 2019

Dr Arif Satria, Rector of Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB, or Bogor Agricultural University) and veteran of marine and fisheries policy drafting, addressed an Australia-Indonesia Centre boardroom dialogue in Melbourne in February 2019. In a discussion moderated by Professor Edward Buckingham, Dr Arif presented on his Agro-Maritime 4.0 concept, aimed at addressing global food, energy and […]

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Indonesian Media in Brief: A look at the village fund program four years on

Indonesian Media in Brief: A look at the village fund program four years on

February 22, 2019 By Jesse Thomas

Infrastructure was a major theme of the second presidential debate, with Jokowi emphasising the progress made under his leadership through the development of toll roads, airports, irrigation, dams and other infrastructure such as broadband connectivity. In particular, one initiative pioneered by Jokowi has been the village fund program. Since coming into effect in 2015, the […]

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Indonesia Votes 2019: The second debate – of flying unicorns and bio-fueled isolationism

Indonesia Votes 2019: The second debate – of flying unicorns and bio-fueled isolationism

February 19, 2019 By Kevin Evans

  The second presidential debate was held on Sunday night (17 February) featuring just the two presidential candidates, President Jokowi and Prabowo Subianto. The themes of the debate included infrastructure, energy, natural resources, basic foodstuffs, and environment. Unlike the first debate, which was quite “narrated” by the moderators, this time the questions were unknown to […]

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Four key trends and milestones to watch in Indonesia’s economy in 2019

Four key trends and milestones to watch in Indonesia’s economy in 2019

February 18, 2019 By Mohammad Faisal

Despite some external pressures resulting from the US – China trade war, declining commodity prices and weakening demand in the global market, the outlook for the Indonesia’s economy in 2019 remains positive. After growing at approximately 5.1 percent last year, the world’s sixteenth largest economy is estimated to continue to grow at 5.1 percent this […]

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Makassar–Yirrkala: An artist exchange taking pre-European contact into the future

Makassar–Yirrkala: An artist exchange taking pre-European contact into the future

February 14, 2019 By Dr Danny Butt

The Makassar-Yirrkala Artist Exchange Program started with the artists spending 10 days together in December 2018, starting in South Sulwesi and making their way to Yirrkala in northeast Arnhem Land. Victorian College of the Arts Associate Director for Research Dr Danny Butt accompanied the artists and conducted interviews along the way. Trade between the Makassan people […]

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A Cluster in action: people and research for better health across the Timor Sea

A Cluster in action: people and research for better health across the Timor Sea

February 12, 2019 By Christianne O’Donnell

Research is often thought of as happening in abstract, remotely in a lab or at desk overwhelmed with journal articles and books. Rather, like ocean navigators of old, our health research community chartered little known territory for the research and ideas they carried with them, connecting across the Timor Sea to explore and drive change […]

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