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Was it just me or who else missed the omnibus?

  • Owen Podger
    Owen Podger

    Professional associate at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, the University of Canberra

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Jakarta   /   Tue, February 18, 2020   /  11:27 am
Was it just me or who else missed the omnibus? Workers organized under the Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI) hold a rally against the omnibus bill on job creation in front of the House of Representatives building, in Senayan, Jakarta, on Feb. 12. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Last October, we heard there would soon be omnibus laws. I am no lawyer but, well, a little bit familiar with legislation. I had one view of what an omnibus law meant and wrote to a number of people whom I thought might appreciate my view. Then, early February I heard that the first bill had already been submitted to the House of Representatives as a government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) and the second would soon follow. Ah, I said to my friends, I missed the bus. But then, my friends sent me a copy of the first bill. And it is not at all what I thought it would be. It is apparent that the accepted definition of an omnibus law is merely a law covering a wide range of issues. The purpose is admirable and the speed at which it has been achieved remarkable. So, congratulations to all. But it has not eliminated and replaced the many laws, just amended them. It has involved diff...

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