Issue 55
Welcome to Issue 55- first issue for 2009.


Phillip Mahnken, Sunshine Coast

"Australia needs to do better, a lot better, in our level of Indonesian language study, in development of Indonesian studies within our universities and in our schools and our understanding of the enormous complexity that is Indonesian Islam.." Prime Minster Kevin Rudd at Australia Indonesia Conference, 19 Feb 2009


"Commercial links, alone, will never render war unthinkable. What will, however, are mutual understanding and respect and the banishing of prejudice." Australian General Peter Cosgrove (ret.), 2002

  • Indonesian language learners and native speakers discussion group (all polite topics allowed, except commercial spam), sign up at indonesian_learners
    If you are looking for a real beginners e-group, better to join: australiaindonesia

    The Indonesian Studies Newsletter
    of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA)

    Issue 55 January - April 2009

  • Properties of the ideal global citizen - HR chiefs all in favour of languages and international experience - from The Australian 20 Nov. 2008
  • ASILE 2009 Conference 14-15 July 2009 at St Catherine’s School Waverley in Sydney Flyer.pdf NEW!
  • Addresses at the 2009 Conference on Australia and Indonesia: Partners in a New Era
  • Transcript of PM Rudd's speech at Australia-Indonesia Conference Dinner, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, 19 February 2009
  • The Hon Simon Crean, Australian Minister for Trade, Sydney, 20 February 2009
  • Hamish McDonald, Asia-Pacific Editor Talking To Our Neighbours Means Learning Their Language
  • Aust Needs New Indonesian Cadres, Says Smith, The Age, 20 Feb 2009
  • Adrian Vickers, Safety warnings make it hard to learn about Indonesia February 23, 2009School of Languages and Cultures, University of Sydney
  • David Hill, Encouraging signs on Asian front, The Australian, 25 Feb 2009
  • Daniel Flitton, An important step to a better neighbourhood, The Age, 25 Feb, 2009
  • NALSSP National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Program Funding Information
  • National Tertiary Languages Network founded at Melbourne Colloqium
    Beyond the Crisis: Revitalising Languages in Australian Universities 16 - 18 February 2009
  • Rudd’s Broken Promises Bode Ill for Relations With Indonesia writes Curtin university student Brooke Nolan in the Jakarta Globe, 5 March 2009
  • Aussie And Indonesian Schools Open Their Doors - The BRIDGE Project
  • A sophistication unfolds in a new dictionary Jakarta Post 15-02-2009
  • Northern neighbours Not Nice, writes Kalgoorlie's Doug Dawes 12-02-09
  • Daw's Indonesian Argument is flawed responds Indonesian teacher John Bass
  • Asia Education Foundation has commissioned three reports by August on Indonesian, Korean and Japanese in Australian schools modelled on Jane Orton's Chinese Language Education in Australian Schools which "analyses the extent of provision, uptake, challenges of delivery and provides recommendations for future action." Many other useful reports at
  • Lowy Institute's Australia and Indonesian: Partners in a New Era Outcomes Report by Dr Malcolm Cook [brief, crisp, useful]
  • Prime Minister's Australia Asia Endeavour Awards will be awarded annually to 20 undergraduate and 20 postgraduate Australian recipients to undertake one year of study in Asia, which can be followed by an internship or work placement also in Asia. 10 Asian postgrads per year to be funded to study in Australia.
  • University of Queensland set to open Chinese institute Tumpang tanya, lembaga Indonesia di mana?

  • Please send your views and news. Please send any news of developments in Indonesian studies or a link to descriptions of your current or past research. Write us an opinion piece or report about the state of Indonesian in your school, an event, an achievement, a problem that the Indonesian teaching commuity would like to know about.

    From last issue

    ACICIS Update 25 Sept 2008 from new Yogyakarta Program Officer Elena Williams.

  • ASILE 2009 Maju Bersama Call for papers (pdf) - conference in Sydney 14 - 15 July 2009
  • Islam and amphetamines - change on the island of Lombok by Tony Young (MS Word), lucid, insightful observations of society and the law by an Australian lawyer cum student of Indonesian (accompanying images to follow.)
  • Taking a closer look at Indonesia by Prof. Barbara Hatley, in the Australian, October 04, 2008
  • Substantial (200 fold) increase of Indonesian research budget
  • International Year of Languages Online Seminars
  • ACICIS wins ALTC award
  • Some Indonesian language learning sites - this one is thorough and terrific, not the most exciting in multimedia terms but you will really learn a lot three levels, with a sound file, a reading (pdf) and an exercise on each theme - utterly superb for developing listening skills but requires intermediate Indonesian - some taster materials - looks (or rather, sounds) good to me, especially for those who like a measured and patient approach; meet authors at

    Indonesian and Japanese multimedia readers for the middle years (a NALSAS Project)

  • From Archives

  • DARMASISWA SCHOLARSHIPS via the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra. One year at an Indonesian institution studying the area of your choice (national and regional languages, music, dance, arts, etc) Dr. Agus Sartono, the new Education and Cultural Attaché has fifty scholarships to allocate and is keen to hear from applicants at any time. Further Darmasiswa Information is available at It's a once-in-a-lifetime and life-changing experience!
  • Languages Education Australia - a treasure chest of developments in languages education
  • AsiaCALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning)

  • National Online Undergraduate Seminar for Indonesian Studies 6 October 2006. Archives with sound and visuals are available via these links: Aspinall, Hatley, Elson and Ford. Try out the audio-conference room at

  • Steve Miller's Honours Thesis on Pramoedya Ananta Toer
  • Completely new worlds An inspiring testimonial from a languages student

  • Websites of ongoing value

  • INDONEWS from the Asia Institute of Melbourne University
  • Languages Education Australia
  • Berita Bahasa Indonesia NSW Bulletin for Teachers of Indonesian
  • Indonesian and Japanese Online Readers highly interactive and intercultural
  • Remembering vocabulary in your foreign language
  • Recent Asialink iLectures. (audio files). See also Recent Lecture, Seminar and Forum transcripts
  • Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology

    Return to the RAMBU WACANA - signpost to Indonesia-related links

  • Relevant reading for students and teachers in past issues.

    Issue 54, Issue 53, Issue 52 Issue 51 Issue 50 49 48 47 46 45 44,43,42, 41, 40,39, 38, 37, 36, 35, 34, 33, 32, 31, 30, 29, 28, 27, 26


    * ASILE 2009 Conference
    Maju bersama: Advancing Australia's Indonesian Language Potential
    14 - 15 July 2009

    St Catherine’s School Waverley, Sydney

    ASILE 2007 Conference archive
    5-8 July 2007 on the Sunshine Coast

    ‘By increasing greatly the
    number of Australians with a ‘full immersion’ knowledge of Indonesia, its
    peoples, language(s) and ways of doing things, we will gradually reduce
    the prevalence in the community of stereotypes and misconceptions,
    prejudices and ignorance of Indonesian etiquette that can unwittingly be highly damaging to the image of Australia in Indonesia. Educational and cultural exchanges will play an important part in this, but must be developed on a far broader scale than hitherto, with more adequate funding and possibly along quite new lines. The serious loss of momentum on this front in recent years needs to be remedied as vigorously as possible.'
    [page xiii].

    (Australia and Indonesia
    Current ProbLems, Future Prospects
    Jamie Mackie, Lowy Institute Paper 19. Available online)

    ASILE 2009 website