I arrived in Indonesia three years ago and am now concluding my term as Australian ambassador. I fly out of Jakarta today at the end of my three years. COVID-19 has been a terrible disruption in those three years, but it has made starkly clear how important it is that our two countries maintain a strong and resilient partnership.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been the most disruptive event globally since World War II. The world after the pandemic will be more disorderly and less resilient. The world economy has suffered a very serious blow, poverty has increased and recovery will be a long road.
The pandemic revealed a lack of global leadership which has put a premium on greater cooperation between individual countries. That is best done between trusted partners.
Australia and Indonesia have that kind of partnership born of a long history together after 1945 ...
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