Posted in: Corruption

Village head elections: from money politics to political dynasties

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A recent proposal to extend the terms of village heads is unlikely to resolve the problems with village head elections.

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.

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