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Jakarta Post

Stable, prosperous Indonesia vital for Australia (Part 1 of 2)

  • Greg Moriarty

Jakarta   /   Mon, January 31 2011   /  09:45 am

I am excited to be here in Indonesia, not just because of the obvious cultural and historical appeal of this diverse country, but because of the opportunity it gives me to be part of what could
be a time of real growth in the relationship.First I’d like to take a step back and make a few personal observations about Indonesia, and how different it is from the Indonesia I encountered when I arrived 12 years ago.Most of you know that I was last in Indonesia as Political Counselor at the Embassy from 1999 to 2002.  Those were days of political and social turmoil across the country.There may be more cars on the streets these days, but that is much better than having the troops and demonstrators that often blocked the traffic in 1999.Ten years on, the changes that Indonesia has forged for itself are truly remarkable.  Few would have predicted that this degree of stability could...