Posts with tag: Bilateral relationship

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.

Talking Indonesia: Australia-Indonesia public diplomacy

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What is the state of Indonesia-Australia relations during these times of increasing international detachment and the defunding of public diplomacy programs? Dr Charlotte Setijadi chats to Dr Elisabeth Kramer and Elena Williams in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

The IA-CEPA, ‘public morals’, and dispute settlement

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The free trade agreement between Australia and Indonesia comes into force today. Kate Thresher examines the agreement, and concerns that investors' interests could come into conflict with interpretations of 'public morals' in Indonesia.

The Australian left is known for backing Papuan independence – but it wasn’t always this way

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Dominique Tasevski examines the history of the Australian Communist Party’s problematic and inconsistent position on Indonesian control over West Papua.

Indonesia-Australia trade deal could help sandbag relationship against elections, politics

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The free trade agreement between Australia and Indonesia was finally signed on 4 March. Matthew Busch writes that if successful, it could help stabilise economic, trade and investment cooperation in the face of future turmoil in the bilateral relationship.

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.

Reflections on 20 years of reform: former Australian Ambassador John McCarthy AO

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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 John McCarthy AO, Australian ambassador to Indonesia from 1997-2000.

Post-reformasi Indonesia: the age of uncertainty

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Indonesia has achieved remarkable change since Soeharto stepped down. But Professor Tim Lindsey writes that where the country will head next is far from certain, and recent developments suggest its future may be less liberal and less welcoming of foreign engagement.

Australia and Indonesia: going separate ways?

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull appears to have developed a strong rapport with President Joko Widodo. But Professor Tim Lindsey and Dr Dave McRae write that this may not be enough to overcome the mutual misunderstandings and suspicions, and tensions over human rights issues, that complicate the bilateral relationship.

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