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Relations between the peoples of Australia and Indonesia stretch back hundreds of years to the time when fishermen from Makassar in South Sulawesi traveled to northern Australia in search of sea cucumbers. But records suggest that it was not until World War II that an Australian community was first established in Indonesia. It was the arrival of the Australian troops as part of the allied forces during the war, that marked the beginning of the temporary settlement of Australians.



Relations between the peoples of Australia and Indonesia stretch back hundreds of years to the time when fishermen from Makassar in South Sulawesi traveled to northern Australia in search of sea cucumbers. But records suggest that it was not until World War II that an Australian community was first established in Indonesia. It was the arrival of the Australian troops as part of the allied forces d (...)



Shelley, an Australian, came to Indonesia in the late 1990s. As a university graduate, she planned to stay in Indonesia only for a couple of months to master the Indonesian language, Bahasa Indonesia. She flew to Yogyakarta, taking just one suitcase of clothes and books. "I spoke fairly good Bahasa. I had also read some books about Indonesia and Java, in particular, when I was a student. It was en (...)



Terrorist bombings, political rifts over Timor Leste's independence and the Corby trial earlier this year have added some unwelcome spice to the Indonesian-Australian relationship, but apparently it's full steam ahead for the two countries' economic relations. "It is business as usual as far as business is concerned. It is outside the sphere of business, and we have to look for ways to get both co (...)



What makes the Indonesia-Australia Business Council (IABC) unique compared to other chambers of commerce in the country? "The IABC is the only chamber in Jakarta with a membership that is quite equal (in number) between Australians and Indonesians. It is 45 percent Indonesians, 45 percent Australians and 10 percent other nationalities," IABC president Noke Kiroyan told The Jakarta Post. (...)



The private and professional lives of Kadek Agoes Mulyadi and Melina Caruso is probably the epitome of an emotional bond that for decades has tied the Balinese with the Australians. An opinionated, no-nonsense woman with a sharp wit and fantastic sense of humor, Melina is the embodiment of a western woman's independence that would scare the hell out of any traditional Balinese man. On (...)



Australian and Indonesian academics agree: More government and community support is needed for cultural and language studies in both countries to help improve relationships. Enrollments are dropping for Indonesian Studies and language in Australian schools and universities. In Indonesia only a few hundred undergraduates are actively studying their southern neighbor, though numbers are slowly incre (...)

    
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