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Crikey Clarifier: will Indonesia sink Australian plain packaging laws?

Indonesia has become the third country to challenge Australia’s plain packaging laws for cigarettes. Freelancer writer Sally Whyte talks to experts about the case — and who is likely to win.

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On the ‘front lines’: what is Indonesia doing to fight climate change?

US Secretary of State John Kerry made an extraordinary speech calling for Indonesia to address climate change or risk losing everything. Crikey intern Luca Zuccaro looks into what the archipelago is doing to protect itself from catastrophe.

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Tony Abbott’s highly revealing lie about why we spy

The latest Snowden revelations about Australia reveal how surveillance is aimed at economic espionage - despite the Prime Minister’s claims otherwise.

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We talk with Indonesia every day — but is anyone listening?

Indonesian feathers have been ruffled by Australia’s policy of sending back asylum seekers. Julie Bishop says our relationship with Indonesia is fine, but no one on the Indonesian side seems to agree.

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Razer’s class struggle: who cares about Schapelle aside from journos?

The tabloids tell us every scintillating detail about Schapelle. The broadsheets tell us the bogans who read the Murdoch press are idiots. They are both completely wrong.

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Media briefs: big news day … Indonesia’s take … free fires …

What’s the lead on a big news day? … Bushfires and news website paywalls … Schapelle Corby the “marijuana queen” …

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Schapelle slips the system, but faces a world of attention

Schapelle Corby is likely to be free within the next few days,but although her surrounds will be more comfortable, she will be under more scrutiny than ever.

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Should the ABC apologise? It’s far from black and white

The ABC is under a lot of fire for its story on asylum seekers’ burnt hands, but was the story false? And should Aunty apologise? We ask current and former staffers, and opinions are mixed.

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‘Abbott is never going to ride my ojek’: what Indonesians think of us

Australia’s relationship with Indonesia is floundering, but does that matter to average Indonesians? Australian journalism masters student Eliana Bollati hit the streets of Jakarta to find out.

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Relax, we are not going to war with Indonesia

Crikey readers talk the dangers of weed, micro solutions for Aboriginal poverty and why we don’t need to worry about Indonesia.

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Dangerous brinkmanship with Indonesia could have disastrous consequences

Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison are playing a dangerous game with Indonesia. Unless someone starts taking responsibility Australia could find itself in a mess, says former diplomat Bruce Haigh.

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Caro’s flotsam and jetsam: border idiots … think of the ‘burbs … Palin v MLK …

Are those in charge of “border” protection really that stupid? We are not only bullying East Timor but have “mistakenly” sent our navy into Indonesian waters. Who is in charge here, and what on earth are they thinking?

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Australia’s big asylum seeker policy hole

Any plans for a regional solution to asylum seeker migration is in tatters because of his Australia’s approach to Indonesia. We’re in a policy hole, and we just keep digging.

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In Timor-Leste, it’s spies like us … or like them, anyway

Will Australia have to give up more of the Timor Sea after being caught spying on Timor-Leste? Our foreign affairs expert visits the fledgling nation to gauge reaction to the spying revelations.

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Crikey Calling: the government’s enemy within podcast

Is the ABC out to get the Coalition government? And will Indonesia ever forgive us? Crikey editor Jason Whittaker talks to politics editor Bernard Keane on the enemies within.

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Indonesian lessons for choppy East Timor waters

The new government is not off on the right foot in foreign policy terms, with the Indonesian spying scandal dominating headlines. But a bigger problem looms: East Timor.

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How much did Abbott know and when did he know it?

Crikey readers talk the Indonesian spying revelations and who has the best translation of Persian.

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Errors, lies and secrecy: don’t trust govts on national security

The demand that we trust governments to determine what we should know about national security matters is discredited by their performance over Iraq.

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Essential: no, there’s no Labor revival

Voters don’t expect much the Abbott government when it comes to Indonesia — and they think damage as already been done, today’s Essential Report shows. But the public is fine with spying. Oh — and can the ‘Labor revival’ stories please. It’s not happening.

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Abbott, that ‘coarse’ diplomat, is in an Indonesian pickle

It is becoming increasingly clear is that Australia’s close relationship to Indonesia, developed especially since Yudhoyono has been in office and at its strongest just a couple of months ago, may remain in reverse for a lot longer to come.

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Does a neighbour make a friend?

Crikey readers lament the passing of the second-hand bookshop and debate what Indonesia really means.

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Who says the Indonesian spying is over?

Crikey readers talk spying on Indonesia and love of 16-hour opera.

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Media briefs: Textor’s tasteless tweet … Tele’s Rees ethics … Courier-Fail on Ashes?

Liberal Party adviser Mark Textor has hit the headlines in Indonesia over a tasteless tweet. That and other media tidbits.

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What Abbott must do to fix the Indonesian relationship

Australia’s relationship with Indonesia is about the worst it’s ever been. Tony Abbott must act quickly and contritely to avoid long-lasting damage.

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Spooks harm the national interest in their great Anglophone game

As the NSA has done to the United States, the ill-judged actions of Australia’s spies have damaged our national interest.

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