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In the news
- Until 2030, Indonesia will have more people of productive age than children and older people. Without good policies, the country might miss this window of opportunity. And yet a recent study shows Indonesian policymaking is predominantly informed by research with poor theoretical engagement, with no strong tradition of peer review and with legal threats to academic freedom. (The Conversation)
- In Indonesia, bakso ball soup is like a cultural equivalent to an Aussie meat pie and is a staple diet in rural Indonesia and metropolitan Jakarta. The majority of Australian cattle end up in bakso balls. Beef was once considered a luxury item but now, as Indonesia’s GDP grows, so too does its appetite for red meat. (ABC News)
- Defence Minister Prabowo says Indonesia could not be occupied if its people united as integral components of national defence: “We understand that we can’t win a war relying on our war technology; our defence must follow the concept of total people’s war”. (Tempo)
- Indonesia will meet social media companies to discuss its plans to impose fines of up to around $A52,200 if they allow pornography, violence or other “negative” content on their platforms, a communications ministry official says. (3ba)
- In the West Papuan district of Merauke, vast swaths of forest and savannah have been razed to make way for monocrop oil palm plantations and other agro industrial projects over the last decade. These land conversions have resulted in an array of environmental problems, including widespread biodiversity loss, deforestation, critical soil erosion, and pollution of soil, water and air. (Inside Indonesia)
In the blog
- Read the insight of Domestic Violence in Indonesia through Rifka Annisa, a non-government women’s crisis centre where we learn about the issue and how we can fight against it.
- Member Spotlight – It’s that time again to learn more about the lives of those behind AIYA. This week, let’s meet President of AIYA NSW, Maxine Williams.
- Adelaide, 18 November – AIYA SA play futsal every Monday night at Flinders Uni. Message them via the FB if you’re keen to join in.
- Adelaide, 21 November – AIBC South Australia is hosting an ‘Indonesia Update for Businesses in South Australia’, from 4:15pm – 6:30pm at Flinders Uni City Campus. Register here.
- Brisbane, 26 November – AIBC Queensland is hosting their End of Year Networking Event at Bar Pacino, from 5:30pm. Come along and celebrate another successful year for AIBC Queensland! Register here.
- Brisbane, 30 November – AIYA Queensland will be hosting their Annual General Meeting (AGM) from 11am at Sendok Garpu, Indooroopily. See event details – including how to apply for new committee.
- Canberra, 16 November – Come along to Festival Indonesia 2019, hosted by the Indonesian Embassy from 10:30am – 4pm. It features five main attractions, namely: Indonesian Food Stalls, Live Cultural Performances, Art and Cultural Exhibitions, Art Workshop/Demo, as well as Kids Corner and Photo Booth. It’s free – see the FB event!
- Canberra, November 19-21 – The ANU Indonesia Institute is hosting the Indonesia Council Open Conference (with a postgraduate workshop on November 19). It is a free conference with multiple panels on many aspects of Indonesian society, politics, culture, environment, history and more. Don’t miss the session two’s panel on ‘soft power and student mobility’, examining the impact the NCP and other scholarship programs (eg. Australia Awards) are having on the Australia-Indonesia relationship, from 11:00 – 12:30pm in the Acton Theatre. There will also be a breakout discussion from 12:30 – 1:30pm featuring current/recent participants of these key bilateral flagship initiatives to gauge their experiences and evaluate their role in deepening bilateral relations. See the program here – register now!
- Jakarta, 16 November – AIYA Jakarta invites you to come to their sports event: AIYA Touch Rugby, from 3pm at MONAS. See their IG for more information.
- Jakarta, 30 November – The Conference on Indonesian Foreign Policy (CIFP) is the country’s biggest festival of diplomacy and also happens to be the world’s largest foreign policy conference. The chosen theme for this year is “Cooling Off The Hot Peace: Strategic Opportunities and Economic Remedies for a Distressful World,”. Register for their annual event here.
- Kupang, 16 November – Come join AIYA East Indo-Kupang’s Language Exchange at Aussie Banget Corner, Nusa Cendana University Kupang, 11am onwards. This week’s theme is ‘Heroes’. See their IG for more information.
- Melbourne, 19 November – AIBC Victoria is hosting an IA-CEPA Panel Discussion entitled, ‘ A New Platform to Deepen Ties in the Digital Economy’ from 5:30pm. Read more about the panel and register here.
- Melbourne, 20 November – Come to AIYA Vic’s LX every Wednesday at 6pm, RMIT Building 80.
- Perth, 21 November – Come along to AIYA WA’s fortnightly Language Exchanges. Bring some money for dinner, or just bring yourself – no pressure! See the FB event for more info.
- Sydney, 22 November – The Indonesia Business Council (IBC) Indonesia is hosting their business networking event for 2019, themed ‘Translating IA CEPA into Business Actions’ from 6pm at Wisma Indonesia. Register here.
- Sydney, 30 November – Don’t miss the IACC’s ‘Indonesian Cultural Night’, at the Rockdale Town Hall, 6:30pm – 10pm. See the flyer.
- Voting is now open for the ‘People’s Choice Award’ category in the National Australia Indonesia Language Awards (NAILA) until 17 November 2019. Cast your vote now!
- Got a creative idea? AIYA wants to hear from you! We are still on the hunt for submissions from our members to be published in the AIYA Annual 2019. Note – deadline for submissions has been extended until 17 November 2019. Learn more here!
- Join AIYA Queensland! AIYA Queensland are recruiting their new executive team, to be decided at their AGM on 30 November 2019. Available positions include Chapter President, Secretary, Treasurer and General Committee Member/s. Express your interest in a position via the Google Form. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Call for volunteers! ANU’s Indonesia Conference (19 – 21 November) is looking for extra support, with duties including welcoming guests, liaising with speakers on arrival, helping with setting up/packing down, and troubleshooting any IT needs during the conference. See the event details – send the AIYA ACT Facebook page a message if you’re interested in volunteering.
- The Australian Volunteers for International Development Program (Australia Aid) currently have a number of volunteer assignments in Indonesia, including an Academic Advisor (12 months) in Yogyakarta, a Cricket Development Officer and Coach (12 months) in Bali, an ICT Officer (6 months) in Jakarta, and a Disabed Sports Development Officer in Bali. Applications for each of these roles close soon (mid to late November) – so check them out and apply. Also be sure to check out the full range of volunteer assignments in Indonesia here.
- The ASEAN Australia Education Dialogue (AAED) will be held from 18-20 November 2019 in Penang, Malaysia and is themed ‘Building Quality Assurance and Sustainability in International Education’. More information on how you can attend can be found on their website.
- Corethics Ltd are seeking volunteers to assist with their ReelOzInd! Short Film Fest on 30 November 2019. There are a variety of positions available from pre-event (flyer distribution/sponsorships/donations) to event (door/food & beverage/setup/pack down). If this sounds like something you are keen to support then please apply here!
- The University of the Sunshine Coast is currently seeking a Lecturer in World Languages (full time, ongoing). The School of Creative Industries offers a range of undergraduate programs across three main areas: Design, Creative Industries and Communication and is looking to appoint an exceptional Academic to grow the existing languages program within the area of Communication. Applications close 2 December 2019. See more information.
- Apply for an internship with the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) NSW! Internships at AIIA NSW are offered to university students or recent graduates who have an interest in international affairs, and who are looking to further develop their skills for future professional involvement in international policy. For Semester 1 internships, applications are open from 15 November to 15 December 2019. Read more here.
- The Asia Centre’s 5th International Conference will be held in Bangkok in July 2020. The conference will focus on ‘Hate Speech in Asia: Challenges and Solutions and is now accepting abstracts until 15 December 2019. Submit yours and/or register for the conference here.
- Pemberdayaan Perempuan Memerangi Kemiskinan (PPMK) is a microfinance organisation based in Yogyakarta that work to empower women to fight poverty. They also provide free English classes to children and are currently working to establish an English book library, so children can continue learning at home. They are seeking donations of new and secondhand English books. To coordinate any donations, contact PPMK on WhatsApp at +62 857-7610-7979 or at email@example.com. Learn more about PPMK’s work!
- ACICIS is inviting all of its alumni to join the all-new alumni platform. It is packed with new features such as alumni directory, jobs and opportunities page, events page, interest-group pages, as well as other exciting features that will be added regularly. To sign-up, please visit their alumni website here.
- Inside Indonesia publishes original pieces on a wide range of political, social, environmental and cultural issues in Indonesia. They accept articles from a diverse range of people who have an interest in Indonesia. To find out how to contribute, click here.
- Applications for Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarships for Semester 2, 2020 have opened. Apply today!
- Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.