Australian heavy-handedness and incompetence in dealings with Indonesia

An editorial in Melbourne’s Sunday Age of May 6th 2012 lambasts Australian universities for disastrous neglect of Indonesian studies and criticises the Australian government for its heavy-handedness and incompetence in dealings with Indonesia. Read the full text of the editorial at: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/editorial/australia-does-not-have-to-shout-to-be-heard-in-asia-20120505-1y5vn.html

In an accompanying opinion-piece titled “Australia abandons knowledge of the neighbours”, Tom Hyland sketches the decline in Indonesian studies in Australian schools and universities. “Experts warn,” he says, “that our collective ignorance means Australian businesses risk losing out on Indonesia’s predicted economic growth, which will make it one of the five largest economies in the world by the middle of the century.” Read the full text of Hyland’s hard-hitting article at: http://www.theage.com.au/national/australia-abandons-knowledge-of-the-neighbours-20120505-1y62u.html

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