Mini Indonesia Update at CILIS, The University of Melbourne

Tom Power from ANU presenting the Political Update. Photo courtesy of CILIS, Melbourne Law School.

Tom Power from ANU presenting the Political Update. Photo courtesy of CILIS, Melbourne Law School.

 

By Thomas Power

The 2018 Melbourne Mini-Indonesia Update was held on 18 September at the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society (CILIS), in the Melbourne Law School at The University of Melbourne. Presentations were delivered by four speakers, all of whom also participated in the ANU Update. The first panel of the day focused on political and legal issues, with Tom Power discussing contemporary developments in Indonesian democracy, and Professor Tim Lindsey speaking about the legal status of religious, ethnic and sexual minorities. A second panel examined in greater detail the challenges faced by particular minority groups. Professor Saskia Wieringa examined the implications of a recent surge in anti-LGBTQI discourse, and Antoni Tsaputra presented on the experiences of disabled people in Indonesia and the problematic implementation of the 2016 Disability Law. The CILIS event was well-attended by an audience of academics, students, journalists and interested members of the community, who engaged closely with the presentations and were very forthcoming with questions and comments. The highly successful event was capped with the launch, by senior Fairfax journalist Michael Bachelard, of Tim Lindsey and Dave McRae’s edited volume, Strangers Next Door? Indonesia and Australia in the Asian Century, a major new contribution to the literature on Australia-Indonesia relations.