ISN Issue 75
Welcome to Issue 74 - third issue for 2015.
Published at USC since 1999

Editor: Dr Phillip Mahnken,
Sunshine Coast


"Languages policy

"We have had a series of policy stops and starts but, at the end of the day, I put this proposition to you: we are short-changing the future generation. We are living in a fool’s paradise. We have to get on top of this issue if our kids and grandkids are going to have any chance of taking their rightful place in the globally competitive world market." Alannah MacTiernan, Federal MP, Speech in Federal Parliament: Language deficit short-changing future generations, 07-09-2015 Original at Alannah MacTiernan website. Please send feedback, suggestions and support.

  • An upbeat end to the Australia-Indonesia 2015

    General Ryacudu said that relationship had experienced "ups and downs" but this was to be expected. "But we are really determined to continue to be friends," he said. In a refrain picked up by the Australian ministers, he told the meeting that "You can choose a friend but being neighbours is a destiny."
    Australia-Indonesia relationship in 'very good shape': Julie Bishop by David Wroe in The Age 22 Dec 2015.

  • [Shadow Treasurer] Chris Bowen learning Bahasa as shadow treasurer talks up economic ties with Indonesia "Mr Bowen said it was vital politicians led by example in urging younger Australians to seize the opportunities involved with the dawn of the so-called Asian Century.
    "As a nation we need to be embracing Asian languages much more and, frankly, those of us in Parliament can't lecture young people and say, 'You must study an Asian language' if we haven't bothered to do it ourselves.
    "Why is this so important? I ask a genuine question: can you think of any two countries in anywhere in the world so close geographically and so different culturally?"
    He said that with few cultural common understandings between the two countries and the change of government in Indonesia, Australia had to be proactive in initiating deeper engagement."
    Read more: Chris Bowen learning Bahasa as shadow treasurer talks up economic ties with Indonesia by Latika Bourke 22 Oct 2015

    State and Territory Associations of Teachers of Indonesian

    VILTA Victoria

    INTAN South Australia

    QILTN Queensland

    WILTA Western Australia

    Balai Bahasa Perth


    Balai Bahasa ACT

    Indonesia Council Digest
    ASAA's monthly digest of university Indonesianist news

    Linking people Connections and encounters between Australians and Indonesians, Antje Missbach and Jemma Purdey (eds.) a collection of thoughtful essays. Table of Contents

    CIA Director Allen Dulles'
    Cold War strategy
    was focused on
    the removal of Sukarno
    of Indonesia.
    JFK was in the way.

    The Incubus of Intervention

    "Now rapidly modernising, Indonesia is, like China before it, becoming a major player on the global stage. It is a force in the world - but for what? How much do we really know about its history, its politics, its cultures and its peoples? Demokrasi: Indonesia in the 21st Century is an accessible and authoritative introduction to this fascinating young nation." Demokrasi - Indonesia in the 21st Century by HAMISH MCDONALD



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

        Issue 75 September - December 2015

    Relevant reading in past issues for students, teachers, scholars, lobbyists, citizens.

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    ASILE LOGO ASILE website

    ASILE 2016

    in Adelaide - the 14th ASILE Conference - watch this space for news

    ASILE 2014 in Bali

    Theme: Kobarkan Semangatmu: Working Together to Overcome Challenges

    See over 20 papers posted
    from our colleagues.

    See ASILE at Balai Bahasa ACT

    Permanent ASILE website at wikispaces under revision

    ASILE 2012 and KIPBIPA VIII at UKSW in Salatiga ASILE: 1-4 October 2012
    Website :

    Era Baru, Semangat Baru: Peningkatan intensitas kerja sama program BIPA di Dalam dan Luar Negeri

    Facebook page:
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    ASILE 2010: June 2010 flyer
    Maju Bersama - Lanjutkan!
    Collaboration and Other Learning Initiatives
    Venue: UNSW@ADFA, Campbell, ACT
    Dates: 29-30 September 2010 (followed by FREE Indonesia Update @ANU 1-2 October)

    ASILE home at wikispaces

    ASILE 2009 Homepage at MLTA NSW

    ASILE 2009 archive (slideshare) also D Reeve's on methodology

    ASILE 2007 Conference Proceedings
    from the Sunshine Coast

    and selected archived presentations from previous ASILE conferences at WACANA


    ASILE 2009 website