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It should be natural that Indonesia and Australia have a strong cooperation as close neighbours. Geographic proximity, however, does not always guarantee this. The Jakarta Globe reports that the bilateral relationship has been the best under President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

In the news

  • Indonesia is predicted to become the world’s 4th most powerful economy by 2050. Can Australian business tap into the Asian digital economy? The Australia-Indonesia Centre shares the recap from their recent Digital Economy Panel.
  • The ambition to achieve what Indonesians call kedaulatan pangan (food self-sufficiency) plays an outsized role in the country’s political imagination. As Jokowi turns his mind to the policy challenges, it is time to reform the country’s food policy.
  • Forest degradation is one of many Indonesia’s environmental challenges. How has the Joko Widodo government responded with environmental politics? Dr Jemma Purdey explores these issues with Professor Suraya Affif, from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Indonesia in the latest Talking Indonesia podcast.
  • The First Australians were among the world’s earliest great ocean explorers. A recent study shows that island-hopping route through Indonesia is the most likely.
  • 700,000 children in Indonesia need palliative care, but only less than 1 percent receive it. Read the story of Ana Oktrariana, an Australian-trained who helps to ease the pain of Jakarta’s terminally ill children.
  • Rabbit Town, a new theme park based in Bandung is under criticisms over accusations that it rips off famous international works of art and was made as a selfie tourism destination.
  • Netizens from Indonesia and Malaysia expressed outrage at the judges of Masterchef UK, saying that the Malaysian contestant was eliminated over what the judges thought that rendang was supposed to be crispy.

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We have also got a series of exciting Language Exchange programs planned next week! Check out AIYA SA’s Kartini edition (April 11) and AIYA VIC x PPIA VIC’s Berbahasa (April 10) and AIYA VIC’s upcoming session (April 11).



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  • Applications for the AIC’s ReelOzInd! Short Film Festival are now open! This year’s theme is ‘Youth’. Ayo, bikin film, yuk!
  • Don’t miss out Australian Indonesian Association of Victoria’s Term 2 Bahasa Indonesia Language Classes! Take advantage of their early bird offer of 10% discount by signing up online before tomorrow, 7 April.
  • Applications for ACICIS’ International Relations Program (IRP), Indonesian Business, Law & Society Program (IBLS) and Agriculture Semester Program (ASP) close 15 April! This is a great opportunity to live, study and intern in Indonesia. $5,000-$7,000 New Colombo Plan grants are available for eligible students.
  • Australia Awards in Indonesia is pleased to announce that applications for Australia Awards Scholarships are now open until 30 April. The scholarships provide opportunities for individuals to gain an internationally recognised master or doctoral qualification from an Australian university and have the chance to pursue a career that makes a difference.
  • Following the recent announcement of the retirement of ACICIS Founding Director, ACICIS Study Indonesia is inviting interested parties to enquire about the Consortium Director’s role that will be advertised through The University of Western Australia in the coming months. Click here for more information regarding the call for expressions of interest for the role.
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