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Jakarta Post

Bill Farmer: Career prepared me for Indonesian assignment

  • Abdul Khalik and Sabam Siagian

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, July 3 2010   /  01:10 pm

The time might not be right, given the recent, surprising change in Australian leadership in Canberra, but it's time for Bill Farmer, the smiling Australian Ambassador here, to go home. A number of officials and experts have expressed fear that with Farmer returning and Australia's new Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who is said to focus more on domestic issues, Australia will pay less attention to the region, including Indonesia. But Farmer dismissed the speculation of his country's reduced focus on the region, especially Indonesia. "You see, for any Australian government, lessening relations with Indonesia is not an option and not in our interest. Any Australian government will want to have a solid robust relationship with Indonesia," he said in an interview Thursday. Few, if any, can deny the role Farmer has played in maintaining and bolstering Australian relations ...