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Jakarta Post

Australians have little trust in Indonesia: Survey

  • Made Anthony Iswara


Jakarta   /   Fri, July 3 2020   /  01:00 am

Tak kenal maka tak saying (Out of sight, out of mind). This Indonesian adage seems to ring true when it comes to Australians, who still lack trust in Indonesia to do good in the world, largely due to a lack of understanding, a recent survey has shown. Despite efforts on both sides to deepen their relationship, the 2020 edition of the Lowy Institute Poll reveals that Australians’ trust in Indonesia has fallen to the lowest point since the survey was first conducted, with only 36 percent of respondents saying they trust Indonesia to act responsibly in the world – a 16-point fall from 2017 results. The survey also found that only 39 percent of Australians agree that “Indonesia is a democracy”, up from 24 percent from two years ago, although the majority still disagrees with the statement. “The poll still suggests a widespread lack of knowledge about...