Professor Tim Lindsey to speak at CAUSINDY 2014

tim_lindsey2The CAUSINDY team is excited to announce that Professor Tim Lindsey will be returning to CAUSINDY in 2014, joining our special Q&A event, ‘Transforming the Relationship‘. Professor Lindsey is arguably Australia’s foremost expert on Indonesian law, and a high profile advocate for a broader and deeper bilateral relationship.

Last year, he spoke about “two speed” nature of the current bilateral relationship, and we look forward to him joining us again in 2014.

Interested in hearing Professor Lindsey speak? Applications to become a delegate to CAUSINDY 2014 are now open.

About Professor Tim Lindsey

Professor Tim Lindsey is Malcolm Smith Professor of Asian Law and founding Director of the Centre for Islamic Law and Society at the University of Melbourne. He is also chair of the Australia-Indonesia Institute, an advisory board within the DFAT and was a member of the Reference Group for the National Asian Languages and Studies in School Program. In 2006, Tim received a Carrick Teaching Awards Citation for his work with international students and in 2007 the Malcolm Smith Award for Excellence in Teaching. A founding editor of The Australian Journal of Asian Law, he has written extensively on Indonesia.

His publications include include Indonesia: Law and Society; Corruption in Asia: Rethinking the Governance Paradigm; Chinese Indonesians: Remembering, Distorting, Forgetting; and Law Reform in Developing and Transitional States. In 2012, he published a three volume series Islam, Law and the State in Southeast Asia (I: Indonesia, II: Singapore; III: Malaysia and Brunei), andThe Indonesian Constitution: A Contextual Analysis.

Q&A with Natalie Sambhi

Natalie Sambhi is an analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute focussing on Australia-Indonesia relations, and the editor of its blog The Strategist. Natalie’s research interests include political and security affairs in Indonesia and Southeast Asia.

Natalie will join CAUSINDY again in 2014, moderating this year’s panel discussion on defence and security.

Tell us a bit about your own background.

After graduating with degrees in Asian Studies and International Relations, I briefly worked at the Department of Defence and lived in Indonesia. Being passionate about defence, I founded my own blog Security Scholar in 2010 and started writing more about military and security issues.

I’ve now been an analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) for two years where I focus on Australia-Indonesia relations. I’m also proud to be an editor of ASPI’s official blog, The Strategist.

How did you first get involved in the Australia-Indonesia relationship? Where do you see it headed?

My mum’s family is Indonesian so I had no choice but to get an early exposure to Australia-Indonesia relations! I’ve been lucky to be able to see Australia and it’s attitude to the region through my family’s eyes. But my professional interest in the relationship has grown the more I see how important the relationship is to Australia’s place in the world. Since 2009, I’ve increasingly focussed on the country, particularly on Indonesian military and defence issues.

I’m optimistic about the relationship, despite the ups and downs. Over the course of my lifetime, I’ve seen Australian attitudes gradually become warmer and more receptive towards Indonesia, especially in the political realm, so I think the relationship will remain on a steady upwards trajectory in the long run. I hope Indonesian popular culture, including films like ‘The Raid’ continue to show Australians that Indonesia is more than Bali. That same goes in reverse, it’s up to us to show Australia in a different light to our neighbours.

I believe the more the paths of Australians and Indonesians criss-cross, the more we’ll have to learn about each other–including from our mistakes.

What are you working on at the moment?

As an analyst at ASPI, I’m always thinking and writing about Australia-Indonesia defence and strategic relations.

However, I’m currently in Washington DC as a visiting fellow by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), where I’ve been looking at the US rebalance to the Asia Pacific and American expectations of Indonesia’s role as a regional power and global actor.

It’s been interesting to compare Australian and American perspectives on Indonesia: it occupies such a prominent part of our regional strategic thinking, but for the US, Indonesia is seen only as one of ten ASEAN states and even then, only part of a much larger Asia Pacific region.

How did CAUSINDY change your perspective on the Australia-Indonesia relationship?

Being so absorbed by the defence and strategic issues, it was really refreshing to see the bilateral relationship from both Australian and Indonesian private sector and NGO perspectives. It’s made me think harder about how my research supports the relationship more broadly. Being with such a diverse group of people, I was able to find more creative ways to articulate defence and strategic issues to a wider audience.   

What advice would you share with anyone thinking of applying this year?

For 2014 applicants, I would say, let your passion for the relationship show and be prepared to come up with practical, grassroots solutions to building better ties. 

Yose Rizal to speak at CAUSINDY 2014

Yose RizalYose Rizal, the founder of PoliticaWave, a social media platform that is currently monitoring this year’s presidential elections in Indonesia, will be joining CAUSINDY as a speaker on the ‘Election Debrief’ panel. His expertise in analysing social media trends toward national and regional political issues will bring great insight to the discussion.

Yose Rizal is the founder of Media Wave, an Indonesian social media monitoring, measurement and analytics platform. He also founded PoliticaWave, a poll analytical platform for the up coming Indonesian elections. He has over 10 years of experience in information technology, designing websites, management information systems and LAN/WAN for several government agencies, military and banking.

He brings expert knowledge and experience as an entrepreneur in technology combined with management and technology, which has made him one of the pioneers in the field of mobile advertising in Indonesia. In 2010, he worked with Snoop Mobile Media to integrate digital marketing across all its platforms.

Yose Rizal studied Urban & Regional Planning at the Bandung Institute of Technology.

About PoliticaWave

There are millions of conversations that take place everyday on social media. Social media tells us a lot about what the people really think, feel and want. This allows policy makers to understand what its voters really want. But it’s so hard to keep track of social trends with so much contact activity online now a days. This is where PoliticaWave has come in to help!

PoliticaWave is a platform that systematically monitors conversations happening on social media related to various national and regional political issues. The aim of PoliticaWave is to allow policymakers to get the latest information on public trends direct from social media activity patterns.

PoliticaWave analysis of the Jokowi and Prabowo campaigns.

PoliticaWave analysis of the Jokowi and Prabowo campaigns.

PoliticaWave collects data in real time from various sources including Facebook, Twitter, blogs on CNN, Time Magazine, Kaskus and many other blog sites. Then it summarises the nature of social media trends into visual charts that make it easy for the public to understand. It offers analysis on various conversations taking place of certain topics – for instance the name of political figures, political issues or political campaigns.

Right time to reset: Learning from the old and bringing in the new

From being amongst the gumtrees at Australian National University in Canberra to a sprawling metropolis where skyscrapers nestled between lively kampungs race to reach the sky, this year CAUSINDY finds its way across the Arafura Sea to a new home in Jakarta.


While a new resident settles into the grounds of the Presidential palace Istana Merdeka, somewhere down the road, 30 young leaders from Australia and Indonesia will be looking at new ways to strengthen the Australia-Indonesia relationship following the turbulence of the past year.

The theme for this year’s conference will be “Right time to reset: Learning from the old and bringing in the new”.

Take part in CAUSINDY 2014. Applications to become a delegate are now open.

CAUSINDY delegates will be engaging in insightful discussions with leaders from media, economics and trade, business and defence including Vice-Presidential advisor Dewi Fortuna Anwar, Australia-Indonesia Institute chair Professor Tim Lindsey and a packed roster of expert observers on the bilateral relationship.

Program highlights this year include:

  • Portrayals in the Media’, a panel of outspoken journalists on the role media plays influencing public perceptions. Panellists including Tempo Magazine editor Arif Zulkifli, Fairfax Media’s Indonesia correspondent Michael Bachelard and Citra Dyah Prastuti, editor of PortalKBR will give the inside scoop on the media’s place in the bilateral relationship.

  • Transforming the relationship’, a special question and answer event looking at how the next generation of leaders can learn from the “old relationship”. Panellists will include Dewi Fortuna Anwar, a Senior Advisor to the Vice President of Indonesia and Professor Tim Lindsey, Chairman of Australia-Indonesia Institute.

  • Election debrief’, a panel with the people on the inside of the presidential campaign —or watching the Twitter feed—including political risk analyst Doug Ramage and innovative pollster Yose Rizal, CEO of Politica Wave.

  • An opportunity to find out what the finance ministers are really saying. Fauzi Ichsan, Senior Economist at Standard Chartered and business leader Chris Barnes will discuss ways both countries can benefit from (and sustain) economic growth in the region.

  • Behind Closed Doors’: an exclusive interview with a high profile former diplomat on what really happens on the sidelines of bilateral meetings and conferences.

  • A lively debate between prominent business leaders from both countries on the challenges and potential of two very different economies.

  • Defence and security expert Natalie Sambhi, an analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, will moderate a panel with former military and defence leaders on geopolitics and strategy in the Asia-Pacific region, and what it means for Australia and Indonesia.

In 2014, CAUSINDY will aim to inspire young leaders to reset the agenda of the Australia-Indonesia relationship beyond just “boats, beef and Bali”. Delegates will be set up to continue building a stronger, deeper bilateral partnership.

Does this sound like you? Applications to become a delegate in 2014 are now open.

Arif Zulkifli to speak at CAUSINDY 2014

ArifIt is CAUSINDY’s pleasure to announce that Bapak Arif Zulkifli, Chief Editor of Tempo Magazine, will be joining the media panel session at the conference.

Tempo Magazine is an investigative news magazine covering politics and economics in Indonesia since 1971, which was at one pointed banned by New Order Information Minister Harmoko as a “threat” to national stability. The publication resumed after Suharto’s departure from office.

Arif Zulkifli became the Chief Editor of Tempo Magazine in November 2012, making him the youngest editor in the magazine’s history. Arif’s strong presence on social media and his expert knowledge on investigative journalism in Indonesia will provide CAUSINDY with a unique perspective into the ‘Portrayals in the Media’ session.

Arif Zulkifli says the nature of journalism today is very different to the pre-reformasi period:

“Ada perbadaan yang significan antara kita berkerja sebagai wartawan dulu sebelum reformasi dengan sekarang. Kalau dulu itu, susah sekali kita cari informasi karena powernya itu di satu orang jadi tidak ada yang berani kasih bocoran-bocoran gitu. Kalau sekarang, semua orang mau ngomong, semua orang mau kasih info. Problemnya bagaimana kita menverifikasi data-data itu,” kata Arif.

“There is a significant difference between working as a journalist before the reformation period and working now. In the past it was difficult for journalist to find information because one person held the power, so no one was brave enough to leak any information. But now, everyone was to say something, everyone wants to spread information. The problem now is, how we verify mass information,” Arif said.

CAUSINDY looks forward to hearing Arif speak more this September.

Citra Dyah Prastuti to join CAUSINDY 2014

CAUSINDY is pleased to announce that Citra Dyah Prastuti, the Editor of KBR’s online platform, will be joining the conference panel on ‘Portrayals in the Media’.

citra profileCitra spent some time in Australia on a fellowship with ABC Radio National, where her reporting has included an insightful one-hour long radio documentary on ‘Timor’s Lost Generation’, broadcast in 2012.

‘Timor’s Lost Generation’ gave a unique perspective into the legacy behind East Timorese children who were taken from their families during of Indonesia’s occupation of East Timor. The moving program takes listeners on a journey with those belonging to the lost generation of East Timorese returning to find their families and reconnecting with their lost heritage.

Citra’s passion for journalism has led her to pursue stories on issues of tolerance and pluralism in Indonesia. Now, she leads KBR’s online news website She believes it is important to boost the public’s understanding about cultural and religious differences in Indonesia.

“It’s a super important issue for Indonesia, but not many mainstream media [outlets] are [talking about] this issue too much,” she said.

CAUSINDY looks forward to hearing Citra Dyah Prastuti’s thoughts and perspectives on the media panel session held on the 14thof September. As the power of media in Australia and Indonesia has the potential to influence public perceptions, with Citra’s input the discussion at the CAUSINDY media panel session will surely be an insightful one.

Welcoming the Australian National University as a sponsor of CAUSINDY 2014

CAUSINDY is very pleased to announce The Australian National University (ANU) has joined CAUSINDY 2014 as a minor sponsor.

ANU is widely recognised as a leading place of research, undergraduate and postgraduate education, and policy engagement.

Given The Australian National University’s reputation as a center for excellence in Indonesian teaching and research we are excited to partner again for 2014. ANU will also assist in securing world-class speakers for our conference sessions.

We appreciated The Australian National University’s support for CAUSINDY 2013, which was held at the University’s campus in Canberra. This year with the conference taking place in Jakarta, we’ll miss its natural central Canberra campus for the hustle and excitement of Indonesia’s capital city.

We thank ANU again for their support of CAUSINDY 2014 and look forward to meeting ANU-based CAUSINDY delegates and staff in Jakarta for the conference.

Q&A with Natrisha Barnett

Natrisha Barnett is a recent graduate of the University of Western Australia and the founder and president of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association’s Western Australia chapter. We spoke to Natrisha about her experience at CAUSINDY last year, and her advice for prospective delegates!

Tell us a little about your own background.

I am a recent graduate of the University of Western Australia (BA&BEc) and have a strong interest in the bilateral relationship between Australia and Indonesia. I am the founder and president of the Australia Indonesia Youth Association Western Australia and I really enjoy developing relationships within the community to advance our reach and impact.


I was selected as a participant of the Australia Indonesia Youth Exchange Program and have undertaken internships with the Australian Embassy and Austrade Jakarta and with the Australia Indonesia Business Council in Western Australia, focusing on the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement.

Each of these experiences have enhanced my understanding of Indonesian language, culture and its people and have given me insight into the history of Australian engagement with Indonesia. I am eager to stay involved with Australia-Indonesia affairs and to make a positive difference to the relationship.

How did you first get involved in the Australia-Indonesia relationship? Where do you see it headed?

In my first year of high school, Indonesian was a compulsory subject – I really enjoyed learning not just the language, but about the culture. I had a great group of teachers who made the lessons fun, took us to Indonesian restaurants and taught us how to make makanan Indonesia. My experiences had always been very positive and continued in-country when I first visited in 2010. I’ve been back over 15 times in the last two years and I’m writing this from Jakarta.

I see the relationship headed in a positive direction as young people increase their engagement, making their voices and ideas heard.

What are you working on at the moment?

I am currently organising the Australia Indonesia Fashion Exhibition (AIFEX) 2014 with my AIYA WA committee in Perth, to showcase contemporary designs from our two countries best designers, artists and performers – keep an eye out for updates on our facebook page!

How did CAUSINDY change your perspective on the Australia-Indonesia relationship?

I don’t think it changed my perspective, I think it cemented it – the young people of our two countries see each other as seamless extensions of neighbours to friends and have a mutual understanding of the way things should be. Both sides are very keen to see positive change and are willing to make an impact on the relationship. With so much energy and enthusiasm from the next generation’s leaders, we are full of confidence and optimism that the relationship will strengthen in the near future.

What advice would you share with anyone thinking of applying this year?

Articulate your experiences and ability to work with others, to communicate and to engage in discussions. Set out your vision, your ideas and your passion to make a positive difference – don’t be afraid to be bold. It’s a fantastic opportunity to have your say in the Australia-Indonesia relationship and to meet a fantastic group of like-minded young professionals.

Dewi Fortuna Anwar to speak at CAUSINDY 2014

dewifortunaanwarThis week, the conference team are excited to announce the confirmation of Prof. Dr. Dewi Fortuna Anwar, M.A., as a speaker at the 2014 Conference of Australian and Indonesian Youth in Jakarta this September.

Professor Anwar is currently Deputy Secretary for Political Affairs to the Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia. She is also a Research Professor and held the position of the Deputy Chairman for Social Sciences and Humanities at The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) from 2001-2010.

She is also the Chair of the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights at The Habibie Center, and a member of the Board of Advisors, The Institute for Peace and Democracy, The Bali Democracy Forum. Dewi Anwar briefly held the position of Assistant to the Vice President for Global Affairs (May-July 1998) and that of Assistant Minister/State Secretary for Foreign Affairs (August 1998-November 1999), during the Habibie administration.

Prof. Anwar was a member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters (2008-2012), a member of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission (WMDC), based in Stockholm, and a member of the International Advisory Board of the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, ANU, Australia. She obtained her PhD from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, while her BA (Hons) and MA were obtained from SOAS, University of London.

Professor Anwar was a key supporter of the first Conference of Australian and Indonesian Youth, and we look forward to her joining us in Jakarta this September.

Applications open for CAUSINDY 2014


It’s been a long wait, but we’re excited to officially open applications for this year’s Conference of Australian and Indonesian Youth, taking place in Jakarta for the first time.

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CAUSINDY 2014 is your opportunity to connect with leaders from business, government and academia and join a network of young people with a passion for the Australia-Indonesia relationship.

Delegates take part in an exciting four-day program, including panel discussions, social and networking events. Successful delegates will have their travel and accommodation expenses subsidised.

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Applications close on the 1st of July. If you have any questions, ideas, or feedback about the conference, we’d love to hear from you!