Dave McRae

Dave McRae is a Senior Lecturer at the Asia Institute in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne. He is also an Associate at the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society.

How did Jokowi go from being a strong supporter of the KPK to playing a major role in limiting its independence? Dr Dave McRae chats to KPK Commissioner Dr Laode Muhammad Syarif in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

How will Indonesia change as the digital economy expands? And what role will government and the private sector play in this transformation? Dr Dave McRae chats to Putri Alam from Google Indonesia in Talking Indonesia.

What social changes are occurring along with improved levels of education and life expectancy among young Indonesians? Dr Dave McRae chats to Dr Ariane Utomo in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

How has the Constitutional Court shaped Indonesia’s electoral systems? What were its main considerations in ruling on Prabowo’s challenge to the 2019 election result? Dr Dave McRae discusses these issues and more with Professor Simon Butt in Talking Indonesia.

Are perceptions about the politicisation of law enforcement justified? How do the government and other external parties intervene in legal cases? Dr Dave McRae discusses these issues and more with Dian Rositawati in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

Indonesian democracy has taken a beating over the past few days. Dr Dave McRae looks at what could be done to prevent a repeat of this week’s events in future elections.

What were the key factors in Jokowi’s apparent victory? What were the legislative outcomes? Did irregularities occur? Dr Jemma Purdey, Dr Dirk Tomsa and Dr Dave McRae discuss these issues and more in their review of the 2019 elections for Talking Indonesia.

After a long, bitter, but largely uneventful campaign, it looks like President Joko Widodo will be re-elected with about 55 per cent of the vote. University of Melbourne academics offer their early thoughts on the results.

Has the Indonesian electoral roll been manipulated? Have the civil service and security forces been mobilised in support of particular candidates? Dr Dave McRae chats to Titi Anggraini and Dr Fritz Edward Siregar about these claims and more in Talking Indonesia.

How will the 2019 elections matter to labour unions, and how can unions influence the result? Dr Dave McRae chats to Professor Michele Ford in Talking Indonesia. Look out for new episodes every week until after the elections on 17 April.

How are political parties and candidates using big data to target their campaigns in the upcoming elections? Do any laws protect citizens’ personal data? Dr Dave McRae discusses these issues and more with Wahyudi Djafar in a special ‘Policy in Focus’ episode of Talking Indonesia.

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.