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Electricity privatisation more complex than Keane suggests

Crikey readers discuss privatisation and mercy for the members of the Bali Nine on death row.

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What will be the consequences of Bali Nine pair’s execution?

What will the “consequences” be for Indonesia if it goes ahead with the planned execution of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan? Foreign policy experts weigh in.

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Essential: voters unimpressed with Abbott’s Indonesian diplomacy

A certain fortress mentality is evidenced in today’s Essential Report, with voters less likely to rate relations with all our major trading partners as important.

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Indonesia selective on capital punishment (and that’s very bad for Chan and Sukumaran)

Indonesia has a track record of affording clemency to its own citizens charged with drug offences, but foreigners are unlikely to get a reprieve, writes policy analyst Sarah Gill.

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Media briefs: Abbott loses The Oz? … mix-ups at The Age … Murdoch’s Prince …

Which News Corp columnists are bagging Abbott, and which ones are holding firm? And other media tidbits of the day.

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Hope and justice: Australia holds vigils for Chan and Sukumaran

Last night, heartfelt vigils for Bali Nine duo Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were held around Australia.

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Rundle: how to save the Bali Nine

Smug moral superiority won’t save Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. What’s required is an audacious creativity. But what are the odds the Abbott government has got the resolve to make it happen?

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A former Kerobokan prisoner pleads: spare the lives of the Bali Nine

Xander, a former prisoner at Indonesia’s notorious Kerobokan prison, pleads for mercy for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

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Are the Bali Nine executions legal?

Indonesia’s recent “bundling” approach to application of capital punishment sentences seems as strange as it does distressing, writes policy analyst Sarah Gill.

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While we look away, Bali Nine prepare for their grim fate

Far from home, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan are expected to be executed this week. Sarah Gill, policy analyst and volunteer for the Mercy Campaign, says we let it get this far because we weren’t paying attention.

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Rundle: did the AFP trade away the lives of the Bali Nine?

If Australian nationality means anything, the Australian government needs to do everything in its power to prevent its citizens — even the ratbag, drug-smuggling ones — from being executed abroad.

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What we know so far about the AirAsia QZ8501 crash

Did AirAsia flight QZ8501 crash because of bad weather? Pilot error? Damage to the jet?

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Is AirAsia to blame for last month’s deadly crash?

Did AirAsia adequately prepare its pilots and ensure that the A320 was in good working order?

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AirAsia crash fuels debate about live-streaming flight data

Recovering crash data from a sunken plane is no mean feat and, despite persistent criticism, the Indonesian authorities have so far done a very reasonable job.

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‘Pretty bleak’: Australia’s closed door puts pressure on Indonesia’s own refugee policies

Stopping the boats” hasn’t stopped the flow of refugees to Indonesia — but it has stranded them there without proper resources.

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Brutal new Defence Minister undermines Jokowi’s overtures to West Papua

Indonesia’s new President has talked of hope and reconciliation as regards West Papua, but appointing a hard-line former general sends a different message, writes Nic Maclellan, a journalist and researcher in the Pacific islands.

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Jokowi’s new Foreign Minister has not-so-fond memories of Canberra

Indonesia analyst Jim Della-Giacoma sifts through the sainted and the spurned in Jokowi’s new cabinet.

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Abbott gets an audience with Indonesia’s shrubbery-defacing President

Just 12 hours into his presidency, Joko Widodo has shown himself to be a new kind of leader, writes Indonesia analyst Jim Della-Giacoma.

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Abbott woos Jokowi, party invite in hand

Today the real work begins for incoming Indonesian President Joko Widodo, writes Indonesia analyst Jim Della-Giacoma.

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Jokowi hailed a beacon of hope, but could be a shrinking violet

Indonesia’s new President may struggle to fulfil his wide-ranging promises of reform, writes freelance journalist Ari Sharp.

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Indonesia agreement not exactly a win for Team Australia

The anti-surveillance document we signed with Indonesia may be obsolete in a matter of months — so what’s the point of it?

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Prabowo sooks as Jokowi confirmed as president

It’s all over, folks: Jokowi is officially Indonesia’s new President as Prabowo’s court challenge fails. But the military strongman was not exactly gracious in defeat, reports Indonesia analyst Jim Della-Giacoma.

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Hope and change? Jokowi embraces the ‘Butcher of Lampung’

Indonesia’s new President-elect has selected a very controversial transition team. Were hope and change just slogans to become elected? Indonesia analyst Jim Della-Giacoma explains.

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‘No future for me in West Papua’: activist flees to Australia after ‘abduction’ attempt

A West Papuan activist has fled to Australia in fear for her safety after giving testimony to an Australian tribunal into the 1998 Biak massacre by Indonesian forces.

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Photos: election day in Indonesia

Photographer Angie Bexley documents election day in the Indonesian village of Tamantirto.

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