Jan 31, 2014

‘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.

Diplomats may be in consternation as relations between Australia and Indonesia reach a low ebb — but what do Indonesians on the street think about their southern neighbour?

Officially, Jakarta is deeply unhappy with the Abbott government’s “turn back the boats” plan, revelations of government spying and the Australian navy ending up in Indonesian waters. The media in both countries are keen to fan the flames, with The Jakarta Post accusing Abbott of exacerbating the situation for political gain and The Australian claiming Indonesia should take responsibility for the boats.

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

  1. grubbidok

    “When I asked Kade if she was upset by Australia turning back asylum seekers, she nodded sagely. “It’s just we can’t help those people here.””

    If only the average Australian showed as much compassion to refugees, rather than framing all discussion around how ‘bad’ they are.

  2. Boerwar

    Four vox pops to illustrate the views of 230,000,000 people? Around one for every 60,000,000 people?

    Gimme a break.

  3. MJPC

    No matter where the world the ordinary person knows what the case is
    “We all know they are corrupt”
    Moral corruption like this LNP is the worst as they can justify any excess because they believe they are always right.
    This is why revolution comes from below.

  4. ranto

    @Boerwar yes, far better we should just accept the usual bogan mantra that “the Indonesians hate us”.

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