Selamat datang, Pak Tony.
- You might have heard that Australia has a new federal government. Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott has said he’d like to make a trip to Jakarta as soon as possible, perhaps even before his scheduled visit to the APEC Summit in Bali next month.
- There’s good analysis of what Mr Abbott’s ‘Jakarta, not Geneva’ foreign policy might mean at The Economist’s Banyan column, from Michael Bachelard (@mbachelard) in Fairfax papers, as well as from the ANU’s Michael Wesley at East Asia Forum.
- The Jakarta Post editors welcomed the incoming Abbott government with a friendly leader.
In other news…
- Indonesian State Owned Enterprises Minister, Dahlan Iskan (@Iskan_Dahlan) announced that ‘cabinet has approved the purchase of a million hectares of land in Australia so Indonesia can breed its own cattle on the land’, reports the ABC’s Jakarta corro George Roberts (@George_Roberts).
- Discouraging economic news continues to roll in, but Indonesia’s Finance Minister Chatib Basri (@ChatibBasri) has told the Financial Times’ Ben Bland (@benjaminbland) that now is the perfect time for Indonesia to pursue long overdue structural reforms. The FT wagged its finger at Indonesian policymakers in this editorial.
- The Wall Street Journal economics blog explains the awful dilemma which Indonesia’s central bank is currently facing.
- The Jakarta Globe reports on the latest from President Yudhoyono’s Democrat Party (PD) convention, as possible PD presidential candidates compete for the party’s nomination.
- Tempo magazine has the latest gossip on the all-but-declared presidential candidacy of Jakarta’s governor, Joko Widodo.
- Relocating Indonesia’s seat of government from Jakarta has been talked about since the Soekarno era—now President Yudhoyono has formed a ‘secret team’ to again look into options for a new capital.
- The WSJ reports on how some young Indonesian men, unlucky in love, are turning to professional dating coaches to help them attract girlfriends.
- The Guardian shares its list of essential books on Indonesia.
- Sydney, 19 September: AIYA NSW will host an information session about the Indonesian-Australian Work and Holiday Visa at 18:15 at the Indonesian Consulate-General. More information and RSVP details at the Facebook Event.
- We’ve previously promoted the upcoming Asialink Leaders Program, and if you’re interested then do participate in the webinar which Asialink will hold to explain more about the Program. 13:00 to 14:00 on 20 September, more details here.