AIYA Links: 23 February

In the news

  • Should Australia be a member of ASEAN? As Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull prepares to host leaders from the Association of South East Asian Nations in Sydney on March 17-18, a report released on Tuesday from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute makes the case for membership.
  • On Monday, Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra has shot billowing columns of ash more than five kilometres into the atmosphere and hot clouds down its slopes.
  • On 8 February, the Constitutional Court issued a decision that paves the way for the national legislature (DPR) to compel the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to attend questioning, using its so-called hak angket powers. Professor Simon Butt presents a legal analysis of the decision.
  • Orangutans, which inhabit both the Indonesian and Malaysian sides of Borneo, as well as the Indonesian region of Sumatra, are an endangered species, with some populations critically endangered. A recent New York Times coverage shows that Borneo has lost more than 100,000 orangutans in 16 years.
  • Indonesia law recognises both international human rights norms and ‘religious values’. The latter are increasingly taking precedence. Read Daniel Peterson’s response to the recently published The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Democracy Index report.

On the blog

  • AIYA NT President and Bachelor of Law student Max Stretton has just completed a stint at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, studying Indonesian and volunteering for AIYA Yogyakarta. Read on to learn more!

Events

  • Sydney, 9 March – Join a talk with Into the Light Indonesia, a youth-based community for suicide prevention and mental health promotion to discuss the work of young people in eradicating suicide stigma in Indonesia.
  • Sydney, 10 March – The annual Australia Indonesia Awards are back! Book your ticket today and come along to the AIA’s night of nights to celebrate those who have made an incredible contribution to the Australia-Indonesia relationship.

Opportunities

  • The Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS) is looking for a Deputy Resident Director for ACICIS’ Indonesia programs. Check out the position description and how to apply here and apply before 2 March.
  • Are you a food blogger? Do you enjoy working in large international scale events? Ubud Food Festival 2018 is looking for volunteers this April! Registrations will close 9 March.
  • Monash University is seeking an International Alumni Manager, based out of the Monash Indonesia Representative Office (MIRO) in Jakarta. Click the link below for more information and apply before 11 March.
  • Amnesty International Indonesia is looking for a Jakarta-based Deputy Director. Apply before 15 March 2018!
  • Applications for ACICIS’ Flexible Language Immersion Program (FLIP) and Development Studies Immersion Program (DSIP) are now open! This is a great opportunity to study at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta. $5,000 New Colombo Plan grants are available for eligible students.
  • Check out experiential learning trip in Bali and Lombok this April organised by CERES Global. The trip will focus on building friendships with organisations and groups involved in marine protection with a particular emphasis on plastic waste in our oceans.
  • Check out the applications for Hamer Scholarships this year! The scholarships offer the opportunity for language study and cultural engagement with dynamic markets such as Indonesia.
  • 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.
  • Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.

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AIYA Links: 16 February

Masjid Cheng Hoo in East Java

Who are Indonesia’s ethnic Chinese Muslims? What is their history and situation in contemporary Indonesia? Listen to the stories of religious tolerance and cultural diversity with Dr Jemma Purdey and Dr Hew Wai Weng at Talking Indonesia podcast.

In the news

  • In a more recent Talking Indonesia podcast, Dr Charlotte Setijadi chats to cultural studies scholar Dr Meghan Downes about Indonesian youth, exploring whether they care about social inequality and environmental degradation or often misunderstood as allegedly more interested in malls and capturing the perfect selfie.
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein last week issued a stern warning about Indonesia’s plans to revise its Criminal Code. Tim Mann looks at Hussein’s recent visit to Indonesia and questions whether the country’s engagement in the UN rights process is just window dressing.
  • Earlier this month, Indonesia and Australia signed a new defense cooperation agreement that puts the focus on the developing security relationship between two significant and capable actors in the Indo-Pacific region.
  • Djarot Saiful Hidayat, the former governor of Jakarta and one of the most high-profile politicians in Indonesia, is running for governor of North Sumatra in elections to be held in June.
  • Is Indonesia catching up on cyberspace? Bart Hogeveen of ASPI writes the state of cyber engagement in the country, and President Jokowi’s commitment to make the country as one of the most vibrant and dynamic digital economies.
  • Director of the Center of Reform on Economics (CORE) Indonesia Mohammad Faisal writes four key trends to watch in Indonesia’s economy this year.

On the blog

  • Get to know Fiona Bettesworth in this week’s Member Spotlight! Learn more about her latest social-entrepreneurial business, favorite cities in Indonesia, and her martabak manis combo.

Events

  • Sydney, 10 March – The annual Australia Indonesia Awards are back! Book your ticket today and come along to the AIA’s night of nights to celebrate those who have made an incredible contribution to the Australia-Indonesia relationship.

Opportunities

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AIYA Links: 9 February

The wait is over! AIYA is proud to release 2017 AIYA Annual, our wrap-up publication featuring our achievements, highlights, and also YOU, our members and supporters!

In the news

  • ACICIS Founding Director Steps Down: Consortium Director Professor David Hill is retiring after 24 years of founding the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies. The legendary Professor Hill has made an absolutely incredible contribution to the lives of so many young Australians and Indonesians and he has been a huge support to AIYA since our organisation’s inception. Selamat, Pak!
  • Indonesia’s first new city, like many others, may not be addressing the urban problems it was supposed to.
  • Last week, Australia hosted six Southeast Asian countries for the inaugural iteration of a subregional defense ministers’ meeting on counterterrorism in Perth. The meeting represents the evolving subregional cooperation around security issues in the region in general as well as deepening collaboration between Australia and ASEAN countries on counterterrorism in particular.
  • Thousands of residents in Indonesia’s capital have been evacuated due to flooding, while landslides in satellite cities around Jakarta have left at least two dead and eight missing.
  • Australia can develop Indonesia’s next generation of talent in logistics, tourism, and digital economy as President Jokowi looks to focus on human capital development by adding 58 million skilled workers by 2030.
  • Much of Indonesia’s raunchy dangdut music is unashamedly erotic, despite various attempts by hardline Muslim groups to censor it. The law against performances of people “dancing or moving in an erotic fashion” is not universally observed.

On the blog

  • Download the 2017 AIYA Annual! Share the AIYA Annual via Facebook to help us spread the word!
  • Ubud Food Festival is back! The festival will bring world class chefs, culinary heroes, and outstanding innovators who will join this year’s three-day program of high-energy cooking demos, decadent special events, in-depth discussions, and hands-on masterclasses with the F&B industry’s best. Read the sneak peek at our blog here and you can also volunteer for the event (see Opportunities below).

Events

  • Melbourne, 10 – 12 February – Check out series of Making Connections: the Bundengan of Wonosobo events filled with music exploration, instrument-building, and cross-cultural communities.
  • Brisbane, 12 February – If you want to become more involved or just want the chance to have your say on our direction in the year to come, then come along to this year’s AIYA QLD’s AGM.
  • Melbourne, 14 February – Join AIYA VIC’s weekly Language Exchange sessions each Wednesday night from 6PM at RMIT (CBD).
  • Sydney, 10 March – The annual Australia Indonesia Awards are back! Book your ticket today and come along to the AIA’s night of nights to celebrate those who have made an incredible contribution to the Australia-Indonesia relationship.

Opportunities

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AIYA Links: 2 February

We are so excited to be bringing you AIYA Annual 2017 in the next few days! AIYA Annual is our annual wrap-up of our achievements and activities that feature you, our wonderful members. Stay tuned next week for the release!

In the news

  • year on from the Jakarta elections, Mark Woodward asks what was behind the anti-Ahok movement and its implications, concluding that an emerging conservative Muslim coalition is a force to be reckoned with in Indonesian politics.
  • The corruption scandal surrounding Indonesia’s e-ID card scheme threatens to further derail the archipelago’s democracy. Matthew Woolgar thinks that the scandal is a warning about the vulnerability of Indonesia’s democracy.
  • The long-discussed reforms to the Criminal Code (KUHP) to criminalise same-sex relations has been making headlines. Read Naila Rizqi Zakiah’s opinion on such push for criminal policy is not only dangerous but also represents a major setback to human rights in Indonesia.
  • Indonesia has announced that it will open its doors to foreign universities looking to operate in the country, a move that may unlock new opportunities for Australian higher education providers.
  • Tourism Australia is organizing halal package tours with Indonesian travel agents and flag carrier Garuda Indonesia to encourage Indonesian tourists to explore more cities in Australia.
  • Did you manage to catch Super Blue Blood Moon on Wednesday? In Bali, the lunar eclipse phenomenon is related to the saga of the mythological demon Kala Rau.

On the blog

Events

  • Sydney and Melbourne, 6 – 12 February – Check out series of Making Connections: the Bundengan of Wonosobo events filled with music exploration, instrument-building, and cross-cultural communities.
  • Jakarta, 7 FebruaryCepet Kaya is back! Join AIYA Jakarta with friends from AIYEP, ACICIS, and International Internships for a fun evening while you avoid city’s traffic jams.
  • Brisbane, 12 February – If you want to become more involved or just want the chance to have your say on our direction in the year to come, then come along to this year’s AIYA QLD’s AGM.

Opportunities

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AIYA Links: 26 January

(Chris Phutully/Flickr)

Prof Merle Ricklefs AM, Professor Emeritus of the Australian National University, talks about the history of Australia Day and the continuing arguments about its aim and timing. Listen to his interview with SBS for today’s Australia Day edition.

In the news

  • A moderately strong earthquake shook Java and was felt in the country’s capital Jakarta on Tuesday and Wednesday. One person has died, several were injured and more than 1,000 houses have been destroyed.
  • Indonesia’s growing middle class are travelling overseas in record numbers but the numbers holidaying in Australia are not as strong. Ross B. Taylor writes that unless something is done about the expensive and onerous visa process faced by Indonesians, Australia will continue to miss out.
  • How does Indonesia regulate pornography and how have its anti-pornography laws been applied? Dr Dave McRae chats to Dr Helen Pausacker in the first Talking Indonesia podcast for 2018.
  • As more Indonesians turn to social media for their daily news intake, the crackdowns on fake news are not enough. Indonesian voters need better journalism and greater digital literacy, argues Ross Tapsell.
  • More in New Mandala, a statement by the head of the hard line Forum Umat Islam  reveals religious leaders behind the “212” movement are bitter that they’re not being rewarded with influence within political parties in Indonesia’s 2018 regional elections.
  • Will Jakarta no longer be Indonesia’s capital? Over the years, Indonesian politics demonstrates that talk of moving the capital is really more of a distraction than a genuine plan. Read more at the Interpreter on how political will is needed to make the move happen.

On the blog

  • Get to know more AIYA’s new operations officer (Indonesia), Sophie Hewitt, in this year’s first AIYA Member Spotlight. Find out why she loves martabak manis and the word banget!

Events

  • Jakarta, Surabaya, Denpasar, Makassar, 25 – 28 January – Don’t miss out this year’s Festival Sinema Australia Indonesia. Enjoy the free screenings and Q&A with the movie directors in select cities.
  • Sydney, 27 January – Come to Sydney CBD to see a very talented group of musicians from Indonesia play angklung! It’s a free entry and come between 12 – 2 pm to find out!
  • Sydney and Melbourne, 6 – 12 February – Check out series of Making Connections: the Bundengan of Wonosobo events filled with music exploration, instrument-building, and cross-cultural communities.

Opportunities

  • The Australia-Indonesia Centre Health Cluster is seeking applications for the role of Liaison Officer at the Surabaya campus of Universitas Airlangga. Applications should be sent before 28 January midnight.
  • Join AIYA Victoria! The chapter is looking for members to fill in 7 executive positions. Read more about the job descriptions here and apply here.
  • Check out experiential learning trip in Bali and Lombok this April organised by CERES Global. The trip will focus on building friendships with organisations and groups involved in marine protection with a particular emphasis on plastic waste in our oceans.
  • Check out the applications for Hamer Scholarships this year! The scholarships offer the opportunity for language study and cultural engagement with dynamic markets such as Indonesia.
  • Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.

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AIYA Links: 19 January

The Australian Embassy proudly presents Festival Sinema Australia Indonesia (FSAI) 2018! Now in its third year, FSAI has been expanded to four cities: Jakarta, Surabaya, Denpasar and Makassar.

In the news

  • At The Interpreter, Hugh Wyndham revisits the 1972 seabed boundary negotiations between Australia and Indonesia.
  • With resilient GDP growth, is 2018 going to be the best year for Indonesia? ANZ thinks that the best is yet to come for loan markets, check out the analysis in fun charts here.
  • Is Indonesia a strategic threat or partner for Australia? CSIS senior researcher Evan Laksmana writes his analysis on Indonesia’s strategic trajectory in recent years and how Australia and Indonesia can leverage their relationship into a strategic partnership.
  • Hardline Islamic groups offer appealing narratives to Muslims whose aspirations for social mobility are disappointed by the realities of Indonesia’s development, write Vedi Hadiz and Inaya Rakhmani in East Asia Forum.
  • Read Jewel Topsfield’s farewell letter as she concludes her role as Indonesia correspondent for Fairfax Media and reminisces her fondest memories reporting the country.
  • Check out the finalists for this year’s Australia Indonesia Awards! The winner in Food, Culture, and Research categories will be announced at the Awards Presentation Night in Sydney on 10 March.

Events

  • Jakarta, Surabaya, Denpasar, Makassar, 25 – 28 January – Don’t miss out this year’s Festival Sinema Australia Indonesia. Enjoy the free screenings and Q&A with the movie directors in select cities.
  • Canberra, 22 January – Come and see the free Angklung: The Sound of Bamboe musical concert at the Pop Up Village near Melville Hall, ANU.
  • Sydney and Melbourne, 6 – 12 February – Check out series of Making Connections: the Bundengan of Wonosobo events filled with music exploration, instrument-building, and cross-cultural communities.

Opportunities

  • Join AIYA Victoria! The chapter is looking for members to fill in 7 executive positions. Read more about the job descriptions here and apply here.
  • Based in Bandung and keen on joining the executive of AIYA Jawa Barat? Contact Clarice Campbell at operations@aiya.org.au with an expression of interest about joining the committee by 21 January 2018. Help bring AIYA to one of the most exciting parts of Indonesia and to boost AIYA’s presence in the province.
  • Calling AIYA Jakarta Members! The Australian Embassy in Jakarta are seeking volunteers to assist in facilitating a workshop at the upcoming Indonesia-Australia Digital Forum on 1 February 2018. This Forum focusses on building new areas of cooperation to connect Australia with Indonesia’s digital economy. Volunteer opportunities are open to AIYA Members only. Please send your expression of interest by email to tanisha.banaszczyk@aiya.org.au and jakarta@aiya.org.au by midnight on Thursday, 25 January 2018. Not an AIYA Member yet? Sign up now!
  • Applications for the 2018 Elizabeth O’Neill Journalism Award are now open. The Award supports one Australian journalist and one Indonesian journalist to undertake an exchange visit of up to two weeks to strengthen the mutual understanding and appreciation of both countries. Apply before January 22.
  • Check out experiential learning trip in Bali and Lombok this April organised by CERES Global. The trip will focus on building friendships with organisations and groups involved in marine protection with a particular emphasis on plastic waste in our oceans.
  • Check out the applications for Hamer Scholarships this year! The scholarships offer the opportunity for language study and cultural engagement with dynamic markets such as Indonesia.
  • Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.

 

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AIYA Links: 12 January

How can government regulation keep up with the rapidly advancing and society shaping tech sector? The Australia-Indonesia Centre Director Kevin Evans shares his idea on how to look at the task of state regulation in the face of disruption. (Credit: Tommy Wahyu Utomo via Flickr)

In the news

On the blog

Opportunities

  • Join AIYA Victoria! The chapter is looking for members to fill in 7 executive positions. Read more about the job descriptions here and apply here.
  • Based in Bandung and keen on joint the executive of AIYA Jawa Barat? Contact Clarice Campbell at operations@aiya.org.au with an expression of interest about joining the committee by 21 January 2018. Help bring AIYA to one of the most exciting parts of Indonesia and to boost AIYA’s presence in the province.
  • TODAY: ACICIS is looking for a Research / Administrative Assistant to be based at the University of Western Australia. Read more about the job description and apply before January 12!
  • TODAY: Expressions of interest for the ASEAN-Australia Codeathon close today. The 32 hour Codeathon, to be held as part of the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit on 14-15 March 2018, is an opportunity for programmers, software developers, designers and more to work together to construct new and innovative solutions to counter terrorism financing in the region.
  • Check out experiential learning trip in Bali and Lombok this April organised by CERES Global. The trip will focus on building friendships with organisations and groups involved in marine protection with a particular emphasis on plastic waste in our oceans.
  • Applications for the 2018 Elizabeth O’Neill Journalism Award are now open. The Award supports one Australian journalist and one Indonesian journalist to undertake an exchange visit of up to two weeks to strengthen the mutual understanding and appreciation of both countries. Apply before January 22.
  • Check out the applications for Hamer Scholarships this year! The scholarships offer the opportunity for language study and cultural engagement with dynamic markets such as Indonesia.
  • Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.

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AIYA Links: 5 January

 In the news

  • A speedboat carrying 51 people has capsized off Indonesia’s part of Borneo island on Monday, killing at least eight passengers, an official says.
  • Indonesian general Gatot Nurmantyo, who made headlines because of entry refusal into the United States, looks set to launch his political career as a possible candidate for Central Java governor’s post.
  • In New Mandala, Hew Wai Weng profiles Ustadz Felix Siauw—the kid from a Catholic, ethnic Chinese family who since his conversion to Islam has become one of Indonesia’s most popular radical preachers.
  • Check out the recap of Festival Cerita Jakarta, a two-day festival that focuses on literacy among children organised by Rumah Cerita and sponsored by the Australia Global Alumni and supported by the National Library.

Opportunities

  • ACICIS is looking for a Research / Administrative Assistant to be based at the University of Western Australia. Read more about the job description and apply before January 12!
  • Applications for the 2018 Elizabeth O’Neill Journalism Award are now open. The Award supports one Australian journalist and one Indonesian journalist to undertake an exchange visit of up to two weeks to strengthen the mutual understanding and appreciation of both countries. Apply before January 22.
  • Check out the applications for Hamer Scholarships this year! The scholarships offer the opportunity for language study and cultural engagement with dynamic markets such as Indonesia.
  • Learning a language? Get IndonesianEnglish language help with UniBRIDGE Project.

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AIYA Links: 29 December

Jakarta is sinking so fast, it only has a decade to halt the city from going underwater. A New York Times interactive report shows that human-made troubles and mounting threats from climate change are affecting the capital’s survival. (New York Times/Josh Haner)

In the news

  • How pervasive is vigilante violence in democratic Indonesia? In the last Talking Indonesia for 2017, Dr Dave McRae explores these questions and more with Sana Jaffrey.
  • bakery in the city of Makassar has attracted controversy after it refused a customer’s request to write a Christmas greeting on a cake citing “religious principles”. 
  • Traffic in Jakarta has steadily deteriorated in spite of successive attempted improvements. The solution is to create new travel corridors that do not add more pressure on the existing roads, writes Australia-Indonesia Centre’s Kevin Evans. 
  • After Mount Agung eruption, President Jokowi reassures that Bali is now safe over Twitter, and local businesses are also urging tourists to spend holidays on the island.
  • Australia and Indonesia have conceded they will fail to finalise the CEPA deal this year despite repeated commitments, and both governments are committed to complete the agreement by March 2018.

Opportunities

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AIYA Links: 22 December

Season’s Greetings from AIYA! 2017 was a big year at AIYA – check out highlights in our fifth year of operations and the semangat spirit from the team with a mission to connect, inform and inspire young Australians and Indonesians.

In the news

  • Earlier this week, a powerful earthquake that struck the Indonesian island of Java has killed at least three people and caused damage to hundreds of buildings.
  • Is Australian business missing out on opportunities in the rapidly-expanding Indonesian fintech market? Australia-Indonesia Centre speaks to Indonesian fintech experts about fintech innovation opportunities in Australia and Indonesia

  • Islamic leaders have objected to the Indonesian Constitutional Court’s decision to allow citizens to identify as followers of indigenous faiths on ID cards. Azis Anwar Fachrudin argues that their position is at odds with Indonesian law.

  • Speaking of Islamic leaders, Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab is Indonesia’s most prominent ‘Habib’. Ahmad Syarif Syechbubakr traces the origins of the Habib in Indonesia and examines their influence over contemporary Jakarta politics.

  • Maria Farida Indrati is Indonesia’s first and only female constitutional justice. As her term is up next year, this could be a setback for women’s rights in a country where they’re being challenged in the face of growing religious conservatism.

  • Indonesia’s Constitutional Court narrowly rejected a petition asking it to criminalize all sex outside marriage, in a blow to religious conservatives who have been gaining influence in the secular, Muslim-majority country. Read more at the New York Times here and an analysis of the ruling by Hendri Yulius here.

  • Meet iRob, a chatbot by The Indigenous Education Foundation that aims to save Mentawai Tribe of Indonesia.

On the blog

Opportunities

  • Check out the applications for Hamer Scholarships next year! The scholarships offer the opportunity for language study and cultural engagement with dynamic markets such as Indonesia. The scholarships offer the opportunity for language study and cultural engagement with dynamic markets such as Indonesia.
  • Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.

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