- Delegates, speakers and observers had a great time at the inaugural Conference of Australian and Indonesian Youth held in Canberra last weekend. Check out our photos at the AIYA Facebook page!
- The Australia Network’s Karen Barlow (@KJBar) came along and reported from the conference.
- Karen also reported for Radio Australia from CAUSINDY.
- CAUSINDY speakers Harsa Prasetyo (First State Investments) and Debnath Guharoy (Roy Morgan) told ABC Asia Editor Catherine McGrath (@catherine_h_mcg) on Newsline that Aussie business is being left behind in Indonesia.
- ANU lecturer and Australian delegate Ross Tapsell (@RossTapsell) says ‘there’s no one-size fits all solution to strengthening the Indonesia-Australia relationship. Instead we need to get up front and personal’.
- Indonesian delegate Benazir Shahril spoke to SBS Radio (Bahasa Indonesia) about expanding microfinance cooperation between Australia and Indonesia.
In the news
- The Wall Street Journal has some wonderful photos of Tuesday’s royal wedding in Yogyakarta.
- WSJ’s corro Ben Otto (@benottoWSJ) highlights the terrible cost of logging to tiger populations in Sumatra.
- A proposed raw materials export ban has the mining industry warning of dire consequences, reports FT corro Ben Bland (@benjaminbland). It comes as FDI ‘has fallen in US dollar terms for the first time in two years’.
- Jakarta governor Joko Widodo isn’t messing around in getting the city’s public servants to up their game.
- A pair of very interesting posts on Australia-Indonesia strategic relations at the ASPI Strategist blog: this by the ANU’s Daniel Grant, and a response from the Griffith Asia Institute’s Rod Lyon.
Events and jobs
- Canberra, 28 October, 17:30—a real treat for history buffs. The 1946 film Indonesia Calling, an Australian documentary about Indonesia’s struggle for Independence and Australians’ role therein, will be screened at a special event commemorating National Awakening Day at the Balai Kartini, Indonesian Embassy. A discussion panel will feature ANU historian Prof Anthony Reid and Universitas Indonesia historian Dr Kresno Brahmantyo.
- Melbourne, 23 November: Inside Indonesia will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a fundraising dinner at CERES, Brunswick East. Buy your tickets here.
- Business Development Manager—Infrastructure, AUSTRADE Jakarta: fantastic opportunity to work to promote Australian business in Indonesia is now available; more details at the AIYA Job Board.