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Indonesia cannot afford to put its economy before people

BY: EDUARD LAZARUS TEGUH MAULANA A religious festival has become a super-spreading event. The government knew the risk but didn’t do enough to stop it. Since mid-May,...

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Hyundai takes the driver’s seat in Indonesia’s EV market

BY: AKHMAD HANAN BUDI PRAYOGO SUNARIYANTO With net zero emissions targets looming, Southeast Asia’sbiggest car market is setting the pace on electric vehicles. In March, President...

Cultural

Fact from Fiction – Review of Conrad’s Eastern Voyages

Ian Burnet: Joseph Conrad’s Eastern Voyages: Tales of Singapore and an East Borneo River, Sydney: Alfred Street Press, 2021 (164 pages and 40 colour...

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Myths that stir trouble in the South China Sea

BY: JOHN QUIGGIN A major shipping route, yes, but vital? False claims aboutthe value of these waters only make diplomacy harder. US officials regularly present China as an...

Australian Investment in the Neighbourhood Falls Short

By Duncan Graham ANALYSIS The urgings for Australians to invest and do business in Indonesia are getting louder.  Not everyone’s listening. Paul Keating maintains his rage –...

Challenges and Opportunities in the Australia-Indonesia Cattle Trade: John Cunnington

For Indonesia, Australia has become a reliable source of large volumes of disease-free livestock that thrive in a similar tropical environment. Among the greatest...

The long Chinese march into Indonesia with vaccines

By; Duncan Graham Chinese officials in Australia rarely miss an opportunity to chill relations by turning down the thermostat on our democratic values and way...

The value of learning languages, as university arts degree fees increase sharply

In 2006, Norway was making half a billion dollars every month in profits from just one of its offshore oil rigs. Surely the person in...

Indonesia-China cooperation: Standby for take-off

BY: MUHAMMAD ZULFIKAR RAKHMAT & HABIB PASHYA For all the obstacles in the relationship, ties betweenJakarta and Beijing look set to only continue to grow. For...

Indonesia’s Omnibus Law won’t kill corruption

BY: JOHANNES NUGROHO The new legislation will shift regional power dynamics,but it can’t eradicate an entrenched culture of kickbacks. Indonesia's new Omnibus Law has attracted a...

NEWS

It’s great Albanese has been in Indonesia, but Australia needs to do a lot more to reset relations. Here are 5 ways to start

BY: TIM LINDSEY & TIM MANN A new Australian prime minister flying to Indonesia to “reset” relations is now so routine it would probably raise...

Albanese’s trip to Jakarta a chance to strengthen Australia–Indonesia ties

BY: David Engel By going to Jakarta so early in his prime ministership, Anthony Albanese is practising what he preached during the election campaign about...

What is at stake with new provinces in West Papua?

BY: EDUARD LAZARUS Jakarta’s plan to break West Papua into five provinces fromthe existing two leaves an even larger military footprint. On 12 April, the Indonesian...

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