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More Jakarta, Less Geneva: Australia and Indonesia

October 7th, 2013

Episode 31 of 83 episodes

At a state dinner in Jakarta, Tony Abbott’s first foreign destination as prime minister, the new Australian leader said that there have been times when ‘all sides of Australian politics could have said less and done more’. Australia’s recent handling of issues relating to asylum seekers and live cattle exports to Indonesia has at times been light on diplomacy. But does the new asylum seeker policy continue this trend? How has Prime Minister Abbott fared in his initial dealings with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono? And how will the Australian government fare in balancing its domestic policy agenda on asylum seekers with Indonesia’s desire for a multilateral approach? Fifth Estate host Sally Warhaft will be joined by a panel of experts including Greg Sheridan (the Australian’s foreign editor) and Dr Dave McRae (the Lowy Institute’s Indonesia expert) to discuss Australian-Indonesian relations, and the key responsibilities and obligations of both nations, in this new political climate. Podcast Can’t attend? You don’t have to miss out. Download the podcast here (mp3: 61mins, 29.3mb) – or subscribe from the Fifth Estate’s series page. The Fifth Estate The Fifth Estate is indispensible live journalism – the Wheeler Centre’s series of fortnightly forums hosted by broadcaster, journalist and anthropologist Sally Warhaft. Sally’s formidable intelligence, innate curiosity and savvy interviewing style draws the best out of her subjects, resulting in surprising revelations or even breaking news – but always, a riveting exchange of ideas. Recent events (all available via podcast on our website) include John Hewson and Kristina Keneally on the public purse, Peter Reith and Dan Mori on asylum seekers and Senator Kim Carr on the ALP.

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