Commentary | 03 October 2006

We're still very wary of Indonesia

In this op-ed, appearing in The Australian on 3 October, Malcolm Cook and Ivan Cook write that while Australians now feel comfortable with Asia, we are still wary about our closest big neighbour, Indonesia. Results from the Lowy Institute Poll 2006 reveal that Indonesians and Australians are worryingly ignorant of each other and also distrustful and suspicious. If we are to build a better relationship, as many respondents would like to, we should work harder to build first knowledge, then mutual understanding.The Australian, 3 October 2006, p. 12Ivan Cook , Malcolm Cook

  • Ivan Cook
  • Malcolm Cook

In this op-ed, appearing in The Australian on 3 October, Malcolm Cook and Ivan Cook write that while Australians now feel comfortable with Asia, we are still wary about our closest big neighbour, Indonesia. Results from the Lowy Institute Poll 2006 reveal that Indonesians and Australians are worryingly ignorant of each other and also distrustful and suspicious. If we are to build a better relationship, as many respondents would like to, we should work harder to build first knowledge, then mutual understanding.The Australian, 3 October 2006, p. 12Ivan Cook , Malcolm Cook

  • Ivan Cook
  • Malcolm Cook