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Silent Partner
Indonesian Studies, Australia
and the Asia Century
Tim Lindsey
Director, Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam & Society,
University of Melbourne
Chair, Australia Indonesia Institute
1998 - Reformasi &
democratisation
Indonesia
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240 million +
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17,400 islands +
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Equivalent distance: Moscow to London
Controls vital sea lanes
Largest Muslim society
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Fourth largest population overall
More Muslims than the Middle East
More Christians than
entire population of Australia
Third largest democracy
Economy booming
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6 to 7 %, even with low foreign investment
GDP bigger than Australia
In top 5 economies by 2050
“Too many of my friends in
Australia and their kids still think
in terms of a European or
American connection, but the
reality is that Asia will have a
hugely more significant impact
on Australia and Australia needs
to understand it and adapt.”
James Wolfensohn, World Bank
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