Australia has to reverse the decline in the study of Indonesian so that students understand the emerging power in our region and the opportunities a closer relationship offers.
Australia’s new prime minister has made it clear Indonesia is of utmost diplomatic importance to Australia.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s visit is so essential because most previous ‘resets’ have not lasted. The government-to-government relationship between Australia and Indonesia is a fragile one.
Judging by the campaign, and a bit of recent history, we can expect to see a Labor government pay more attention than their predecessors did to Indonesia – and Southeast Asia in general.
A truly mature relationship requires high levels of public participation and awareness, and this is what needs work with our northern neighbour.
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.
Did Australia’s compromise really ease the tension with Indonesia?
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 should collaborate to address challenges in the South China Sea and help de-escalate great power tensions.
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 visit was a good deal shorter than the one planned for last year. But it did highlight several important issues in the bilateral relationship.
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.
Australia and Indonesia should gradually re-frame their relationship by considering shared interests within the broader regional context.
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.
An Indonesian expert in Australian studies weighs in on the recent survey of Australian-Indonesian perceptions.
Here’s the glaring omission in George Brandis’ list of issues raised recently with Indonesian President Joko Widodo: human rights.
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 in Indonesia hope that Malcolm Turnbull can reset the strained Australia-Indonesia relationship – a legacy of Tony Abbott’s time in office.