Category: Analysis

Modelling indicates an urgent need for action by the government, health authorities, and the public, writes Ben Phillips

Scholars have said China had an “authoritarian advantage” in responding to SARS in 2002-2003. But Robertus Robet writes that in the case of Covid-19, there appears to be no such advantage.

President Joko Widodo’s focus on the economy led him to initially ignore the seriousness of the coronavirus threat, writes Ahmad Syarif Syechbubakr.

Ravando Lie looks at what lessons the colonial government’s experience with the 1918 Spanish Flu could provide for Indonesia as it struggles to get on top of Covid-19.

Indonesian girls are now outperforming boys in both literacy and numeracy in the early grades. But as Senza Arsendy and George Sukoco write, the picture is more complicated at the high school level.

The national legislature (DPR) recently published its long list of priority bills (Prolegnas) for 2020. Rizky Argama looks at some of the problematic bills planned for deliberation and how the process could be better managed.

In a disease outbreak like coronavirus, who should the public trust? Conversely, how can the government show that it is a trustworthy source of information? Krishna Hort, Angus Campbell and Tiara Marthias look at the challenges of health communication.

Donny Pasaribu and Krisna Gupta are sceptical about Indonesia and Australia’s new trade agreement, but suggest it may yet offer benefits for the bilateral relationship.

A group of residents have filed a class action against Governor Anies Baswedan over widespread flooding in early January. Will they have any luck? Laras Susanti examines the case.

Hoaxes, misinformation, conspiracy theories, racism, widespread panic and jokes and memes. Wisnu Prasetya Utomo takes a look at how Indonesian netizens have responded to the coronavirus epidemic.

Rizanna Rosemary and Ratri Ciptaningtyas examine an important factor rarely acknowledged as contributing to high rates of stunting in Indonesia – smoking.

Indonesia at Melbourne will again be taking a break over the Christmas and New Year period. Here we list the most popular articles, plus a few of our favourites, from 2019. We look forward to seeing you again when we return in mid-January.