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Old habits die hard in Indonesia’s presidential clash

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Prabowo Subianto and running mate Sandiaga Uno have said their campaign will focus on President Joko Widodo's economic weaknesses. But Matthew Busch writes that Prabowo's attacks have so far fallen short, even though he has plenty of material to work with.

Talking Indonesia: disparities between regions

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What are the drivers of regional disparity, what are its impacts, and what can the government do about it? As part of our 'Policy in Focus' series, Dr Dave McRae discusses these issues and more with Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro in a special episode of Talking Indonesia.

Is higher inequality the new normal for Indonesia?

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What could the government be doing to reduce inequality? Dr Asep Suryahadi examines the drivers and future of inequality, and suggests that despite government efforts, Indonesia may have to get used to higher levels of inequality.

Is education reform finally paying off for Indonesian kids?

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How much do parents’ education levels affect the schooling of their children? Senza Arsendy presents the results of a recent study showing that despite concerns over the impact of growing economic inequality, educational mobility increased from 1997 to 2015.

Talking Indonesia: Chinese investment

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What does the trade and investment relationship between China and Indonesia actually look like? Will the issue of Chinese investment damage Jokowi’s electoral prospects? Dr Charlotte Setijadi discusses these issues and more with Dr Siwage Dharma Negara in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

Talking Indonesia: employment and manufacturing

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What explains the decline in manufacturing in Indonesia? Is the country experiencing a process of premature deindustrialisation? Dr Dirk Tomsa discusses these and other questions with Dr Mohammad Zulfan Tadjoeddin in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

How economic conditions affected voting in the 2014 election

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With the 2019 elections fast approaching, Dr Teguh Dartanto presents results from a recent research paper suggesting that in the 2014 Presidential Election, voters in villages with good economic conditions were more likely to vote for Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.

The Soeharto family: where are they now?

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President Soeharto left office in 1998 amid public fury about the special treatment given to his six children. Dr Helen Pausacker writes that in the 20 years since, Soeharto's children have seen their influence decline, but continue to live prosperous lives and have made several attempts to launch political careers of their own.

Reflections on 20 years of reform: former Foreign Minister Alexander Downer

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To mark 20 years since the fall of Soeharto and the New Order regime, Indonesia at Melbourne is speaking to a range of prominent figures about their views on the reform process. Today we speak to Alexander Downer, Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1996-2007.

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