Indonesia and Australia: destined but disparate democracies

The Strategist | April 23, 2019

The great Australian scribe, Bruce Grant, penned that thought about Indonesia Australia tests and trials in the year of a seminal election for Australia. Elections are again with us this time for both Indonesia and Australia. These two most different neighbours now share democracy as well as geography. As ever, the contrasts are far greater than the similarities. The title of Grant’s 1972 study of Oz foreign policy, The crisis of loyalty, echoes today amid an international bonfire of certainties. And the three-part Indonesia Australia frame that Grant described still fits. Precise foreign policy tests: ‘Indonesia has brought home to Australians the concreteness of foreign policy problems Australia was presented with issues in which it had a specific and acknowledged interest. So there has been a non-proxy, direct and pragmatic flavour about Australian thinking and acting, in official and professional circles, on Indonesia.’

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