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Australia Indonesia Institute Annual Report 2002-03



The three Indonesian women who visited Australia under the Muslim Exchanges program pose with their escort in Canberra.

Printed with permission of The Canberra Times.

The Institute aims to promote greater understanding of the roles of religion in each other’s country.

Australia-Indonesia Muslim Exchanges Program

The Institute supported a series of visits to Australia by leading Indonesian Islamic community leaders under the Muslim Exchanges Program. Eight participants drawn from a broad range of Indonesian educational, political and non-governmental organisations visited Australia in three groups under this program during the year.

The five men and three women undertook varied programs including contact with local Australian Islamic organisations and educational institutions. Meetings were also organised with other religious leaders and with leading political figures, including the Governor-General and the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

The aim of these visits is to develop greater understanding within Australia of the moderate nature of mainstream Islam in Indonesia and better understanding within Indonesia of Australia’s tolerant, multicultural society.

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