Presented by Professor Tim Lindsey, Malcolm Smith Professor of Asian Law and Director of the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society at the Melbourne Law School
When: Tuesday 19 May, 6:00-7:00pm (doors open at 5:30pm)
Where: Cinema B, Gallery of Modern Art, Stanley Place, South Bank
There may not be two neighbouring countries that have such significant differences of language, culture, history, ethnicity and religion as Australia and Indonesia. Their relationship is often described as ‘rocky’ or ‘tense’ – even a ‘roller coaster’. Despite their proximity it is clear that one reason for this is that most Australians and most Indonesians know very little about one another. In fact, their perceptions of each other are dominated by what former President Yudhoyono called ‘preposterous caricatures’, and polling backs him up. Indonesia’s leaders now claim that their country is rising economically, and they seek a greater role on the international stage, particularly in Southeast Asia. This creates real challenges for Australia, where ‘Indonesia literacy’ has been in drastic decline for decades. In this presentation Tim Lindsey looks at the trajectory of the Australia Indonesia relationship, including recent bilateral crises.
Tim Lindsey is the Malcolm Smith Professor of Asian Law, Director of the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society at the Melbourne Law School, and was an ARC Federation Fellow from 2006 to 2011. He is Chair of the Australia Indonesia Institute and member of the Victorian Bar. His publications include Indonesia: Law and Society; The Indonesian Constitution: A contextual analysis; Corruption in Asia; Islam, Law and the State in Southeast Asia – Vol I: Indonesia; and Law, Society and Transition in Myanmar. He is a founding editor of The Australian Journal of Asian Law.
Places are limited for the free event, book early to avoid disappointment.