Poor handling of spying revelations and a unilateral ‘stop the boats’ policy have aroused Indonesian ire. Icy relations seem set to endure with PM Abbott's decision not to go to Bali. Tim Lindsey explains.
Indonesia's politically ambitious media moguls have not been shy of exploiting their platforms and connections in their own interests. But audiences - and voters - are not amused. Lily Yulianti Farid.
Presidential frontrunner 'Jokowi' is urging a "mental revolution" to a more optimistic, self-sustaining, self-believing Indonesia, invoking the language and ideas of the Sukarno era, observes Katharine McGregor.
Indonesians are among the most enthusiastic users of social media in the world, and their tweets and posts are having a powerful effect on the 2014 election. But candidates seduced by virtual campaigning still risk losing critical constituencies, argues Ismail Fahmi.
Del Irani from the ABC Australia Network program #talkaboutit (link is external) spent time at the University of Melbourne in mid-April talking with students about their views on the Indonesian elections.
The PDI-P has successfully wooed voters with a pitch capitalising on national pride in "The Great Indonesia". Lily Yulianti Farid summarises its policies.
Partai Golkar (link is external) has advocated for greater economic development this election season, writes Lily Farid