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Pemilu 2019 – Corruption, intolerance and democracy

Pemilu 2019 – Corruption, intolerance and democracy

April 12, 2019 By Jesse Thomas

The 2019 elections will mark two decades of democracy in Indonesia. But in the context of declining democracy across the globe, Indonesia’s democratic system has also begun to fracture. Issues such as corruption and intolerance towards minority groups in Indonesia prevail, but there is still much hope for Indonesia’s future as a moderate democracy. Corruption […]

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MRT opens in Jakarta

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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Indonesian construction sector pushes for better safety standards

Indonesian 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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Women and work in Indonesia

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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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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