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An equivocal diplomacy on the doorstep

Canberra | Tue, January 9, 2018 | 12:40 pm
An equivocal diplomacy on the doorstep Australia therefore needs to think about its attitude towards Islam, and particularly how best to use what influence we have with Islam in Indonesia. (Shutterstock/File)

PREMIUM Recently in Jakarta I was asked to compare Australia’s relationship with Indonesia today with that under the New Order. During the New Order, our problems derived mostly from former East Timor and from the different backgrounds of our countries. Our leaders generally tried to steady the relationship, and Keating and Soeharto sought to strengthen it. But Australians saw Indonesia as militaris...

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