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Old song, a new singer: will Jokowi’s reign bring liberation for West Papua?

Outgoing Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono maintained the status quo with West Papua during his two terms in office, but West Papuans are hoping president-elect Joko Widodo’s rule will be different, writes Ron Kareni.

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All aboard the gravy train as SBY visits Fiji

Outgoing Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono moved to shore up relations with Fiji this week amid growing rumblings across the Pacific about atrocities in West Papua, writes Fijian journalist Netani Rika.

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What you need to know about the PM’s ‘clapped out’ VIP jet

The failure of the prime ministerial jet yesterday — it broke down on the tarmac — is a timely reminder that it might be time to upgrade.

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How Angus Campbell is undermining our regional relationships

Operation Sovereign Borders is now causing the very reputational damage that it purports to be protecting against.

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iSentia index: apologies, Gonski and the Ashes

The niche is the new mainstream in Australian media, as newspapers pick their battles more openly.

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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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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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Tips and rumours

Indonesian snubs start … BRW says goodbye to print … Mark Textor takes to Twitter …

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Media briefs: Bloomberg job cuts … Kerr’s axe to grind … Australia’s X Factor

Financial news giant Bloomberg is about to cut 50 jobs from its newsroom. Plus other media snippets of the day.

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Australia fails to act on latest spying revelations

Australian representatives need to publicly apologise for surveillance activities in Indonesia, if there’s to be any chance of salvaging the relationship between the two countries.

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Tips and rumours

Telstra exec’s “wish you were here” from Spanish jaunt … the Right grabs a key student union … First Dog v Julie Bishop … SBY tweets Abbott meeting …

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An Indonesian perspective on Rudd747′s overseas visit

Tomorrow’s summit between Kevin Rudd and Indonesian President SBY is getting good press here — but the anticipation in Indonesia is more subdued. Jakarta-based Stuart Ranfurlie explains why.

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Where there’s smoke there’s ire: investigating Indo’s forest haze

Indonesian forest fires have enraged neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia, who have been blanketed in smoke. Jakarta-based researcher on forest governance Tessa Toumbourou asks who’s to blame.

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Yudhoyono cares about Indo problems, not Aussie ones

For the leader of a country that has an often troubled history of bilateral relations, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s visit to Australia is aimed at addressing domestic concerns and less about assuaging Australia’s interests.

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Despite Corby’s clemency, drugs still diplomatic stumbling block

The narrative of the Corby sentence cut was complicated by the near-simultaneous release and repatriation of three young Indonesians being held in Australia, writes Stuart Ranfurlie in Jakarta.

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Fuel price debate puts Yudhoyono under the pump

The coalition backing Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is looking increasingly shaky , writes Stuart Ranfurlie, a freelance journalist in Jakarta.

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The church that is a ‘festering’ sore for Indonesia

This Christmas appears likely to be a gloomy one for the congregation of GKI Yasmin, writes Stuart Ranfurlie, a freelance journalist in Jakarta.

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Gillard adds ‘ballast’ to shore up Indon relationship

Australia’s relationship with Indonesia is continuing at its all-time high following the conclusion of the East Asia Summit in Bali.

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A form guide to Indonesia’s presidential contenders and pretenders

Indonesia’s next presidential election may still be three years away, but that has done little to dampen speculation over who will put themselves forward, writes Stuart Ranfurlie, a freelance journalist in Jakarta.

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Wanted: Indonesian President with something to say

Indonesians all over the country have taken to the streets today on the one-year anniversary of Yudhoyono’s re-election, not for something the president has done, but for everything he hasn’t done, writes Angela Dewan.

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The Sydney Morning Herald | FEDERAL|

Wright: You snooze, you lose Slipper

The sneaky infamous snap of Peter Slipper catching 40 winks during SBY’s address to Parliament enraged Slipper so much that he called for the privileges committee to examine who snapped it.

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Rudd & Abbott should be more like Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

Crikey readers weigh in on the visit from Indonesia’s president, clarifying yesterday’s tips about the NSW public service changes and the attempt by journos to discredit Mike Rann.

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You regularly scheduled Parliamentary Uproar will resume as soon as possible.

Nap time!

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National Times | ASIA-PACIFIC|

Yudhoyono: Prepare for the Asian century

Indonesia is “more than a beach playground with coconut trees” or a “hotbed of Islamic extremism”. Australia needs to ditch the stereotypes, said Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in a speech to parliament.

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The Australian | ASIA-PACIFIC|

Sheridan: Nice neighbourly visit but no substance

The visit by Indonesia president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has been a positive love fest for all involved, writes Greg Sheridan. But Tony Abbott has been outshining our wannabe statesmen PM.

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