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Best of 2020

Indonesia at Melbourne will again be taking a break over the Christmas and New Year period. Here we list the most popular articles and podcast episodes, plus a few of our favourites, from 2020. We look forward to seeing you again when we return in January.

Is Indonesia’s health system prepared for peak Covid-19?

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As case numbers continue to climb, Indonesia is yet to see the worst of the pandemic. How will its health system fare? Tri Aktariyani and Putu Eka Andayani take a look at the system’s preparedness.

How to fix Indonesia’s Covid-19 governance problem

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The Indonesian government’s poorly coordinated response to Covid-19 indicates an urgent need for reform, write SMERU’s Jimmy Daniel Berlianto Oley and Rendy Adriyan Diningrat.

Budget politics in Indonesia’s Covid-19 response

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Repeated amendments, growing tensions between the centre and the regions and a lack of public consultation appear to be part of the ‘new normal’ for Indonesia’s budget in 2020. But is there a better way? Akhmad Misbakhul Hasan dives into the politics of economic recovery from the pandemic.

Academic freedom under fire: constitutional law scholars threatened over impeachment talk

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Adburrachman Satrio examines the recent cancellation of a Constitutional Law Society seminar at Gadjah Mada University and asks: is the Jokowi government really so different to the New Order?

Freelancers forgotten amid the Covid-19 pandemic

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Freelance workers in the creative industry are already vulnerable to exploitation. Fathimah Fildzah Izzati writes that many are suffering because of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the government has shown little interest in helping them.

How to stop mudik during the Covid-19 pandemic

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The annual mass exodus that occurs at the end of Ramadan could be disastrous for the spread of Covid-19. Dimas Budi Prasetyo and Lury Sofyan that if the government had provided clear and direct messaging, more Indonesians might have changed their behaviour.

Indonesia’s curious eulogy for a global fast food giant

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Why did the recent closure of a McDonald’s in Jakarta cause such a stir? A look at the history and pattern of urban development in Jakarta gives some clues, writes Catriona Croft-Cusworth.

Covid-19 crisis deepens illiberalism in Indonesia

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Political and business elites are exploiting the Covid-19 crisis to further increase their power and material resources, write Rafiqa Qurrata A'yun and Abdil Mughis Mudhoffir.

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