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David T. Hill: Making the case for Indonesia

  • Dina Indrasafitri

    Contributor

Melbourne   /   Tue, January 29 2013   /  11:58 am

JP/Dina Indrasafitri “Hey mate, can you get Balinese money out of this?”

David T. Hill, an Australian academic and noted expert on Indonesia, had the question addressed to him in a robust, friendly manner and broad Australian accent in Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali, recently.

His reply, a somewhat amused “Well, you can get Indonesian rupiah, yes,” can be considered low-key in many ways, especially since he has been encouraging Australia to engage more with Indonesia over the last few decades.

“I thought at some point we would be able to educate Australians that Bali is actually part of Indonesia but we’ve still got a long distance to go. So ‘Hey mate, can you get Balinese money out of this’ was one of the things that made me realize that we have not been very successful in our education,” Hill said, chuckling, during a recent interview w...