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Jakarta Post

Youth action in the bilateral space

  • Erin Cook

Jakarta   /   Sat, June 15 2019   /  01:32 am

Young Australians and Indonesians are taking up the bilateral cause and becoming the greatest champions of deeper, more meaningful engagement between our neighboring countries. Indonesia’s millennial cohort receives far more media attention than any other generation in the archipelago. With a staggering 63.4 million Indonesians aged between 20 and 35 years, that’s hardly surprising. For youth action in the Indonesia-Australia relationship, it’s a blessing. Australia’s population is far smaller and, amidst the competition for influence in Southeast Asia, Indonesia’s gaze does not often turn south towards Australia. If we look at the bigger picture, there is also a significant cohort of emerging Indonesian leaders. An estimated 49 million Indonesians are currently aged between 10 and 19-years old. Engaging a portion of this generation to genuinely participate in the bilateral rel...