In the news
- Prime Minister Tony Abbott met with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Batam this week, a sign of mending ties after the recent spying scandal.
- The Jakarta Post’s report puts an emphasis on lingering problems.
- The Lowy Institute’s Indonesia expert Aaron Connelly (@ConnellyAL) puts the meeting in context.
- Meanwhile, Lowy’s annual poll on Australian attitudes to foreign affairs shows that Aussies still cling to outdated ideas about Indonesia.
- ANU’s Jacqui Baker argues that the underdevelopment of deep ties still stands out despite the present thaw.
- What’s the attitude of Indonesia’s uni students in the 2014 elections? More conservative than you’d think, says Ele Williams at New Mandala.
- At Inside Indonesia: The voters in this Jakarta slum like Jokowi—so why won’t they vote for him in the presidential race?
- The raw minerals export ban is still provoking conflict between foreign miners and the Indonesian government, as Newmont declares force majeure on copper exports.
On the blog
- This post by Daniel Peterson on language fluency has sparked a great conversation. Drop a comment!
- We caught up with ANU Visiting Fellow and 2013 CAUSINDY speaker, Dr Jacqui Baker, for a Q&A on her Indonesia career journey. It’s a great read!
Events and opportunities
- New on the AIYA Job Board: fresh Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD) assignments, and an opening for a Product Development Officer at Workplace Options in Jakarta.
- The National Gallery in Canberra will begin an exhibition of Balinese art, Island of the Gods, next week.
Photo above taken from the Prime Minister’s twitter account.