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Another Marriage Law controversy: is reform overdue?

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The recent marriage of one of President Joko Widodo’s female special staffers, a Muslim, to her Catholic boyfriend has prompted new debate on Indonesia's 50-year-old Marriage Law.

Talking Indonesia – Russia's Invasion of Ukraine

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What factors underpin the Indonesian response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine? Dr Dave McRae chats to Radityo Dharmaputra in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

Dorce Gamalama: an accidental role model for gender and sexual minorities in Indonesia

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Dorce Gamalama might have never described herself an activist, but she still made a major contribution to public awareness of gender and sexuality issues in Indonesia.

Talking Indonesia: supernaturalism online

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What is it about the supernatural that so captivates Indonesians? Why has YouTube become such a fertile platform for this genre of entertainment? Dr Jemma Purdey chats to new Talking Indonesia host Tito Ambyo in the first episode of the podcast for 2022.

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!

Religious freedom, harmony or moderation? Government attempts to manage diversity

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The government has recently promoted the concept of 'religious moderation' in its attempts to manage religious diversity in Indonesia. But there are several problems with the approach.

Talking Indonesia: images and politics

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What role do images play in political life in Indonesia? How do the public consume political imagery? Dr Annisa Beta chats to Professor Karen Strassler in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

Two countries, two identities? The split lives of the Indonesian diaspora in Melbourne

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Young Indonesians moving between Indonesia and Australia struggle with language, ethnicity and belonging.

What happened to social context in Indonesian films?

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Too many Indonesian films with Islamic themes present moral issues in a simplistic, black and white way that ignores the complexity of contemporary Indonesian society.

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