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Bali is home to a vibrant environmental movement involving collaboration between activists, artists and musicians. In Talking Indonesia this week, Dr Dirk Tomsa chats to Dr Edwin Jurriens about the main players and how they are using art and music to promote change.

Jokowi’s government has spent big on infrastructure over the past five years. Akhmad Misbakhul Hasan takes a look at where the money has come from, and where some – but not all – of it has gone.

Going by the first presidential debate on 20 January, neither candidate feels that the electorate cares much about human rights. Dr Robertus Robet and Dr Alfindra Primaldhi present survey results suggesting that Indonesians do believe human rights are important – but acceptance of rights has its limits.

Is Indonesia’s democracy for sale? In Talking Indonesia this week, Dr Jemma Purdey chats to Dr Ward Berenschot about local election campaigns and behind the scenes machinations, and the informal networks based on patronage and identity politics that play a major role in local politics.

Abdil Mughis Mudhoffir and Rafiqa Qurrata Ayun write that rather than dismissing non-voters as apathetic or irresponsible, it is far more productive to reflect on how they can contribute to strengthening democracy.

Professor Tim Lindsey writes that Jokowi’s backtracking on plans to release Abu Bakar Ba’asyir is a reminder that there are still powerful nationalist forces in government who regarded Islamist hardliners as an existential threat.

The Constitutional Court recently ruled that the current marriageable age of 16 for girls was unconstitutional. Dr Dina Afrianty examines the landmark decision – a remarkably different outcome to the last time the Court heard the issue.

With rights on the agenda during the first debate on 17 January, expectations were high. But as Dr Ken Setiawan writes, the performance of both candidate pairs left little hope for an improvement in the human rights situation.

President Joko Widodo and running mate Ma’ruf Amin squared off against Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno in the first of five planned presidential debates on 17 January. Dr Dave McRae was watching, and presents his five key takeaways here.

How to provide the Indonesian population with the enormous amounts of rice it consumes each year is a perennially thorny question in the country. In the first Talking Indonesia for 2019, Dr Dave McRae discusses the politically charged issue of rice policy with Associate Professor Jamie Davidson.

It’s time again for Indonesia at Melbourne to take a short break over the Christmas and New Year period. Here we reflect on some of our favourite and most popular blog posts and podcasts from 2018. We look forward to seeing you again when we return in mid-January.

In the wake of the attack in Nduga district, Dr Dave McRae speaks to Dr Jenny Munro about the situation in the Papuan provinces. How do Papuans feel about the government’s infrastructure push in the region, and their place in the Indonesian nation?

The new Smart Pakem app is supposed to give the public a safe way to report “deviant” religious practices. But could it trigger persecution and conflict instead? Zainal Abidin Bagir weighs up the implications for religion and rights.

On 8 December, an estimated 2,000 people marched through central Jakarta to urge the House of Representatives (DPR) to urgently pass the anti-sexual violence bill. Here we present a selection of images from the demonstration, taken by women’s activist Tunggal Pawestri.

What factors are limiting women’s representation in the national legislature? How can they be overcome? Dr Dirk Tomsa discusses these issues and more with Ella Prihatini in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

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