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Indonesia

Dying for Democracy? Over 500 election workers die during Indonesia election

Alexandra Smith is a Third Year Law and Asian studies student at the Australian National University, currently on exchange in South Korea. Over 500 election workers have died and 2,000 more have suffered from fatigue-related illnesses following this year’s Indonesian general election on 17 April. The election, described as the world’s most complicated single-day election, …

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Regulating fake news: The urgency, challenges, and role of the individual

The why, what and how of internet regulations in Southeast Asia and Australia. By: Andrea Chan  “Eye of gold. Thigh of blue. True is false. Who is who?” So begins a stanza in Masquerade, one of the songs in The Phantom of the Opera musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, as the guests waltz around the …

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Growing up between Southeast Asia and Australia

Recently announced Westpac Future Leaders Scholar and AASYP Founding Team member Matthew Page reflects on the realities of growing up between Southeast Asia and Australia, the value of ASEAN-Australian engagement and the biggest challenges facing the region. Tell us about your experiences in Southeast Asia? My experience in Southeast Asia began in 2006 when my …

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Save Pulau Pari: the risks of increased tourism in the ASEAN region

WRITTEN BY HWEI-SEE KAY Two hours by ferry from the bustling Big Durian, Jakarta, is Pulau Pari (Pari Island). Pulau Pari is located in the Thousand Islands regency, a popular weekend destination for those looking to escape Jakarta and an area that has been earmarked by the Indonesian government as one of the ‘ten new …

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Indonesia’s double burden

Joseph Cruickshank When the BBC released an article titled, “Indonesia’s Papua Province children starving in a land of gold”, it could be said the area of focus was too limited. Across the resource-rich archipelago, increases of economic growth and income have not been enough to lessen Indonesia’s malnutrition crisis. A 2013 World Bank report indicated that …

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Sport a vehicle for forging stronger ties – Interview with Bruce Djite

This week we talked to Bruce Djite, a professional footballer whose career highlights thus far have included playing for the Young Socceroos (U’20), the Australian Olympic team (U’23) and the Socceroos. From his experiences playing professionally overseas and in Indonesia, Bruce is a strong advocate for the use of sports in diplomacy and believes sport, especially …

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