Commentary

Why Indonesia really matters

Why Indonesia really matters

August 14, 2016 By Paul Ramadge and Marc L’Huillier

The story of Indonesia and Australia often focuses on differences – the cultural and religious divide, security issues, disparities in the structure and development of the economies, contrasts in business practices, small and large populations, issues of national sovereignty. You can judge each country positively or negatively from many angles and the countries do, of […]

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Remembering Sabam Siagian

Remembering Sabam Siagian

June 6, 2016 By Basoeki Koesasi

Sabam Pandapotan Siagian – who passed away on June 3 – was a great friend of Australia. In Indonesia, Pak Sabam is mainly remembered as the first Editor-in-Chief of The Jakarta Post, the English-language paper he helped to set up (and which is still going strong). He was at heart a journalist, but from an […]

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Maintaining innovation or innovating maintenance?

Maintaining innovation or innovating maintenance?

April 22, 2016 By Dr Richard Price

With each visit to Indonesia I am everywhere reminded of a growing dichotomy between the demand for innovation and the demand for maintenance. My memories of my latest trip to Indonesia (April 2016) were shaped as much by the hours spent in traffic and twisting ankles traversing uneven and decaying pathways as they were by […]

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Speaking Indonesian: the delights and the pitfalls

Speaking Indonesian: the delights and the pitfalls

April 4, 2016 By Basoeki Koesasi

Having been involved in teaching Indonesian to Australians and others for more years than I care to recall, permit me to pass on a few of the insights I have gained. We can be proud of the achievements of all the teachers and students who ‘have a go’ and put their knowledge into practice, in the […]

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Embracing risk in the Asian Century

Embracing risk in the Asian Century

March 31, 2016 By Andrew Parker

  Fortune favours the brave.  So why is Australia so reluctant to take risks? There’s no doubt Australia is performing well across the global business stage. A quarter of a century of uninterrupted GDP growth makes us an OECD stand-out. But what about the next such period? PwC’s  ‘World by 2050’ report suggests we’re on […]

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We can learn from our sophisticated Indonesian neighbours

We can learn from our sophisticated Indonesian neighbours

February 21, 2016 By Harold Mitchell AC

For many families it’s back to school time. “Do you remember the day,” says Charlie, “when your Mum bought you a jumper at the beginning of the year that was too big, saying you were going to grow into it?” Louise remembers something different; she used to get hand-me-down jumpers and shoes from her brother. […]

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Gained in translation?

Gained in translation?

February 2, 2016 By Dr Richard Price

As a former researcher and long-term research manager, I am thrilled when the results of my research and that of my colleagues is taken up. Whether the results are used by farmers in their practices, by policy makers to inform their legislation, by research collaborators to design centres of excellence or by companies to direct […]

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A foreign investor’s view: Will Indonesia’s economy recover?

A foreign investor’s view: Will Indonesia’s economy recover?

January 10, 2016 By James Castle

After five years of steadily deteriorating economic performance, the Indonesian economy may be in the process of turning around. After reaching a 21st-century high of 6.4 percent in 2010, the country’s GDP growth rate has been lower every year since. It is unlikely to be higher than 4.7 percent this year, the lowest level since […]

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What are your true colours?: A conversation

What are your true colours?: A conversation

August 18, 2015 By Delita Sartika

Colourfields series 2013, Lindsay Blamey. This article was originally published in Inside Indonesia. I hope the statement (made by Tony Abbott) does not reflect the true colours of Australians… Threats are not part of diplomatic language and no one responds well to threats. -Armanatha Nasir, Indonesian foreign ministry spokesperson, February 2015 This statement was shared […]

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Jokowi’s Cabinet Changes: The No Ruffle Reshuffle

Jokowi’s Cabinet Changes: The No Ruffle Reshuffle

August 16, 2015 By James Castle

After months of speculation and political sand throwing within his own coalition, President Jokowi has made the first changes to his Working Cabinet (Kabinet Kerja). Given the heated criticisms and public attacks of the past few months, the actual changes have barely caused a ripple in either Jokowi’s minority coalition or the majority opposition. Overall, […]

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