Commentary

A tale of two countries: how poor perceptions and lack of understanding have shaped the Australia-Indonesia relationship

A tale of two countries: how poor perceptions and lack of understanding have shaped the Australia-Indonesia relationship

July 17, 2019 By Jesse Thomas

Earlier this year, Indonesia and Australia signed a comprehensive economic partnership agreement (IA-CEPA), a trade agreement that marks the beginning of a new era in the Australia-Indonesia economic relationship. Despite such efforts to cultivate a stronger economic partnership, Australia has struggled to meaningfully engage with its closest neighbour. While there has been policy in place […]

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Indonesia’s techpreneurs tour the Australian ecosystem

Indonesia’s techpreneurs tour the Australian ecosystem

June 28, 2019 By Helen Brown

  Anyone looking at the tech space between Indonesia and Australia can see that this is an exciting time for the two neighbours to work together.   The question being asked by business though, is where are the mutual synergies between these two very different nations to be found. An Australia Awards short course has […]

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Bugis artist Abdi Karya talks art, sarongs and mutual understanding

Bugis artist Abdi Karya talks art, sarongs and mutual understanding

June 26, 2019 By Tim Fitzgerald

  “Questions are the reasons why we get connected. The reason why we would like to know each other… to know anyone.”   Connecting people drives much of Abdi’s art: connecting others with his Bugis ancestors; connecting Indonesians with Australians; connecting Makassans with Yolngu people of northern Territory – and connecting himself with his past […]

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Indonesia’s domestic flight industry: the impact of a duopoly

Indonesia’s domestic flight industry: the impact of a duopoly

June 19, 2019 By Febi Trihermanto

Part two: The impact of a duopoly [Read part one: The evolution of Indonesia’s commercial airline industry] Duopolies often lead to higher prices than a more free market would deliver, which can trigger price regulation by government authorities. According to katadata.co.id, the potential impact of a duopolistic market structure in Indonesia’s aviation industry was seen some […]

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Indonesia’s domestic flight industry: an unstoppable duopoly?

Indonesia’s domestic flight industry: an unstoppable duopoly?

June 13, 2019 By Febi Trihermanto

Part one: The evolution of Indonesia’s commercial airline industry Commercial flights were first established in Indonesia, then known as the Dutch East Indies, during the colonial era in the early twentieth century. On the first day of October 1924 KLM’s first intercontinental flight took off, connecting Amsterdam to Jakarta (then known as Batavia), using the […]

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Notes from South Sulawesi: Gender diversity in Bugis society

Notes from South Sulawesi: Gender diversity in Bugis society

May 29, 2019 By Dr Leonardo Pegoraro

I recently took a three-day road trip in South Sulawesi with my senior AIC colleagues to deepen our awareness of the region ahead of our new four-year major research program, the Partnership for Australia-Indonesia Research (PAIR), which will be undertaken by a multi-disciplinary and bi-lateral team of researchers. The trip formed a small part of PAIR’s preliminary scoping work, […]

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Pemilu 2019 di dua negara bertetangga<br>Two neighbours go to the polls

Pemilu 2019 di dua negara bertetangga
Two neighbours go to the polls

May 27, 2019 By Dr Reni Suwarso dan Kevin Evans

Baca artikel ini dalam Bahasa Indonesia Read this article in English Pemilu 2019 di dua negara bertetangga Australia dan Indonesia tahun ini menyelenggarakan pemilu yang hanya berlangsung selama satu bulan, hasilnya Perdana Menteri petahana Scott Morrison (ScoMo) dan Presiden petahana Joko Widodo (Jokowi) terpilih kembali. Koalisi pendukung mereka, Koalisi Liberal-Nasional pendukung ScoMo dan koalisi yang […]

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Finance Minister Sri Mulyani on Indonesia’s development challenges and strategies

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani on Indonesia’s development challenges and strategies

April 24, 2019 By Sri Mulyani Indrawati

Sri Mulyani is Indonesia’s Minister of Finance. This is an edited excerpt from Sri Mulyani’s keynote speech at 22nd Credit Suisse Asian Investment Conference in Hong Kong on 25 March 2019 and was originally published on her LinkedIn. Demographic change and the middle-income trap Indonesia is undergoing a demographic transition. The portion of Indonesia’s productive age […]

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Indonesia Votes 2019: President Jokowi set to win second term

Indonesia Votes 2019: President Jokowi set to win second term

April 18, 2019 By Kevin Evans

President Joko Widodo looks set to win a second term after quick count results point to an 8-10 point victory over his challenger Prabowo Subianto. The first point of note is that all of the respected polls indicate that the President has been returned with a slight increase in support. Across the regions, results vary. […]

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Indonesia votes 2019: The last shout

Indonesia votes 2019: The last shout

April 15, 2019 By Kevin Evans

This final debate saw both presidential and vice-presidential candidates cover matters related to the economy, social welfare, finance and investment, and trade and industry. The format provided an opportunity for both sides to press home key themes of their campaign and to take final digs at perceived weaknesses of the other side. Opening statements Jokowi […]

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