Australian-Indonesian relations have often been said to be determined more by differences than commonalities. Perhaps the single greatest difference between the nations is that of religion. In a 2015 survey, which asked Australians to nominate one word to capture their view of Indonesia, the most popular term, by some margin, was ‘religion’. Accompanying Focus Group Discussions identified that by ‘religion’, respondents really meant Islam, and their opinions were overwhelmingly negative.
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