Posted in: Corruption

Indonesian oligarchs are defending their wealth at the cost of democracy

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President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has finally acted to quash efforts to extend his time in office beyond his constitutionally mandated two-term limit. But there is no guarantee that the oligarchs who want him to stay in power will listen.

Indonesia without Luhut Pandjaitan

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Powerful Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan is a serious player in the coal mining industry, despite the conflicts of interest involved.

History repeats: Langkat case exposes the long history of slavery on plantations

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The alleged abuse of plantation workers by the Langkat district head shocked Indonesia. But the exploitation of plantation workers follows a pattern established as far back as the colonial era.

Best of 2021

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Indonesia at Melbourne will be taking a short break over the New Year period. Here we present the articles and episodes that attracted your attention in 2021. We look forward to seeing you again in mid-January 2022!

Talking Indonesia: the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK)

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How have the amendments to the Law on the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) affected the agency's ability to investigate corruption cases? What lies ahead for anti-corruption efforts in Indonesia? Dr Dave McRae chats to Dr Ahmad Khoirul Umam in Talking Indonesia.

Does Indonesia really need a land bank?

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Plans for a new national land bank need to consider how the institution would meet the government’s goals – and benefit the people.

The destruction of the KPK flags the failure of democratic legal reform in Indonesia

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As depressing as it is, the destruction of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is not surprising. It is a sign of the limits of institutional approaches in advancing democratic legal reform in Indonesia.

An administrative war at the KPK: employees versus leadership

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The decimation of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has escalated over the past month, with the sudden dismissal of some of the commission's most dedicated employees.

The false promise of ‘millennials’ and the digital economy

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Recent weeks have seen questions raised about the "millennial" special staffers in President Joko Widodo's inner circle. Ibnu Nadzir writes that these controversies are more than simply matters of poor governance.

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