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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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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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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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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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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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Sri Mulyani: Reflections of a Remarkably Resilient Year

Sri Mulyani: Reflections of a Remarkably Resilient Year

January 29, 2019

As 2018 comes into a close, we reflect how Indonesia’s economy has been remarkably resilient amidst the challenging global economic environment. Indonesia was able to weather the storm better in part due to a national budget that was designed to be agile. This agility helps the government swiftly introduce countercyclical measures, when required, in responding […]

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