Issue 58
Welcome to Issue 58 - first issue for 2010.


Phillip Mahnken, Sunshine Coast

"Australia Indonesia have a great future together. We are not just neighbours. We are not just friends. We are strategic partners. We are equal stakeholders in a common future. We have much to gain if we get this relationship right and much to lose if we get it wrong. [...]

I know of no other Western country where Indonesian is taught in the school curriculum. I know of no other country with more Indonesianists in your governments, universities and think-tanks. And no other country has more Indonesians studying in your universities and high schools.

We still have a lot of work to do when it comes to people-to-people contact. I hope Australia becomes the most Indonesia-literate country.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at the Australian Parliament, March 2010

  • 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 58 January - April 2010

  • Listen in full: Speaker and Rudd Welcome and Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's address to Parliament (download mpeg)
  • Much to lose if friendship falters: SBY
  • SBY speech to Australian Parliament
  • Indonesia defied doomsayers to become a surprise success story
  • Gold rush at the other Kuta Lombok's future as a tourist mecca? Deborah Cassrels The Australian February 27, 2010
  • Gunung Rinjani: lady of the volcano Ian Crawshaw The Australian February 27, 2010 Indonesia's third highest active volcano, which last erupted in May 2009
  • Moving beyond omong kosong Editorial SMH March 16, 2010 Original [Local copy]
  • Post-Disaster Reconstruction - Lessons from Aceh Edited By Matthew Clarke, Ismet Fanany and Sue Kenny of deakin University, Earthscan Publisher
    'Post-Disaster Reconstruction : Lessons from Aceh is a landmark book in drawing together different experiences and insights of the post-conflict, post-tsunami reconstruction efforts in Aceh. It is the most comprehensive account of the voices and forces at work in the rebuilding of Aceh and shows in rich detail the ways in which the complexities and challenges have been addressed.'
    Irwandi Yusuf, Governor of Aceh (Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam) Indonesia
  • Morgan phone poll of 687 people aged 14+ in August 2009 [from Inez Mahony 28 Sep 2009]: A fifth of Australians (20%, down 1% since June 1989) believe Indonesia is Australia’s “Biggest Security Threat”.

  • Some Indonesian language learning sites listed in Issue 54

  • - 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)

  • Websites or pages of ongoing value
  • INDONEWS from the Asia Institute of Melbourne University
  • Languages Education Australia - a treasure chest of developments in languages education
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!
  • AsiaCALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning)
  • Completely new worlds An inspiring testimonial from a languages student

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

  • Relevant reading for students and teachers in past issues.

    Issue 55, 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 LOGO ASILE 2009 website

    ASILE 2010:
    Interim Theme: Indonesia in Australia-Developing National Coordination
    Venue: UNSW@ADFA, Campbell, ACT
    Dates: 29-30 September 2010 (followed by FREE Indonesia Update @ANU 1-2 October for those who are interested)
    Registration: $225, early bird $200

    Further info/web site & registration form will be available early in the new year at ASILE's new home at wikispaces

    ASILE 2009 archive (slideshare)

    also D Reeve's on methodology

    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
    2007 Proceedings

    ASILE 2009 flyer

    ASILE 2009 website