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Indonesia-Australia: Who's courting?

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18 March 2010 12:19

I liked this extract from Rowan Callick's piece in Monday's Australian:

Because of past prejudices, Australians have become used to viewing ourselves as the courted party in this relationship. But we must begin getting used to the reality that as the smaller nation, we have to make the running.

It struck me as a pretty good point to make about the relationship. I attended a business forum that the Indonesian President addressed last week. Australia's Trade Minister Simon Crean gave the introduction.

It was well meaning enough, but it seemed a little odd to hear him point out to the President — who has a PhD in agricultural economics — that micro economic reform was important. He attributed these reforms to Australia's success surviving the GFC (0.7% year on year GDP growth in 2009). Indonesia managed to get by with 4.0%.

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