Looking to the future, President Joko Widodo (centre) voiced a strong intention for Australia and Indonesia to become partners in developing the Pacific region.
Even though Australians and Indonesians are both friendly and easy-going, systemic boundaries can slow down the process of collaboration.
The Indonesian president outlined four major steps to improve the relationship, two of which were quite unexpected.
Australia’s plan to move its embassy to Jerusalem rattled Indonesia because recognition of Palestine is one of the key foreign policy values of Indonesia.
Did Australia's compromise really ease the tension with Indonesia?
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Indonesian President Joko Widodo arrive for high tea at the Grand Garden of Bogor Presidential Palace south of Jakarta.
If their trade deal is delayed, this will not only create a huge loss for the Australian and Indonesian economies but also change foreign policy dynamics between the two countries.
Annual water requirements of a PHES-supported 100% renewable electricity grid would be much less than the current fossil fuel system, because wind and PV do not require cooling water.
Australia and Indonesia are official non-claimants of the South China Sea.
Australia and Indonesia should collaborate to address challenges in the South China Sea and help de-escalate great power tensions.
It is difficult to find two G20 neighbours which trade and invest in each other as little as Australia and Indonesia do.
Trade and investment between Indonesia and Australia is very little despite their proximity. But there are signs of change in the way Australia thinks about Indonesia.
Jokowi’s timetable omitted several of the high-profile events planned for the earlier visit.
Jokowi’s visit was a good deal shorter than the one planned for last year. But it did highlight several important issues in the bilateral relationship.
There is a great opportunity and imperative for Australia and Indonesia to join forces to solve critical challenges facing the ocean and coastal regions.
The two countries share huge marine resources and opportunities. At the same time both face increasing challenges to their oceans and coastal regions from climate change and over-exploitation.
On major strategic questions facing the region Australia and Indonesia are in broad agreement.
Australia and Indonesia should gradually re-frame their relationship by considering shared interests within the broader regional context.
Indonesia is the neighbour that makes Australians feel uneasy but also want to get on with.
The annual Conference of Australian and Indonesian Youth (CAUSINDY) to be held in Bali this week is an initiative that can help change negative attitudes towards Indonesia.
How well do we know each other?
An Indonesian expert in Australian studies weighs in on the recent survey of Australian-Indonesian perceptions.
George Brandis (centre) was ‘the guest’ of the co-ordinating minister for political, legal and security affairs, Wiranto (right), during a recent visit to Indonesia.
Here’s the glaring omission in George Brandis' list of issues raised recently with Indonesian President Joko Widodo: human rights.
Australia must start the job of ensuring Indonesian investment flows south.
Much of the increased co-operation between Australia and Indonesia must begin by strengthening supply and value chains and investment ties between the two countries.
Many Indonesians hope that Malcolm Turnbull’s public-speaking ability will mean he is more tactful than his predecessor.
Many in Indonesia hope that Malcolm Turnbull can reset the strained Australia-Indonesia relationship – a legacy of Tony Abbott's time in office.
Schools in Indonesia need to be a bit more fun.
Australian primary school teachers are involved in a social movement to make schools in Indonesia a fun place to learn.
Julie Bishop recently claimed that the Australia-Indonesia relationship is ‘very strong and very good’.
On balance, it seems that the Australia-Indonesia relationship is more or less back to its usual setting – where “usual setting” means “fragile”.
Indonesia has long wanted to be able to meet rising national demand for beef through domestic production.
Restriction on import quotas is part of Indonesian government’s policy to reach beef self-sufficiency.
Former Indonesian foreign minister Marty Natalegawa says Australia’s turnbacks policy is “incompatible with good bilateral relations”.
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Former Indonesian foreign minister Marty Natalegawa has called out the Abbott government over its attempt to shrug off any cost to the bilateral relationship caused by the unilateral manner of its boat turnbacks.
Australia’s ambassador to Indonesia Paul Grigson (right) returned to Indonesia this week.
In returning Paul Grigson to Jakarta so swiftly, the Australian government proved that its choice to put its relationship with Indonesia at risk for short-term political opportunism was pointless.