Australia-Indonesia Institute

Senior Indonesian Journalists Visit Australia

In June 2013, the AII hosted a visit to Australia by nine senior Indonesian editors who travelled to Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne as part of a media exchange program which has been running for 15 years.

The editors met political leaders of state and federal government, and participated in roundtable discussions with leading think tanks. At Marlborough Primary School in Melbourne’s east the group saw first-hand how the BRIDGE school twinning program has enabled hundreds of school children to learn Bahasa and experience Indonesian culture.  The real-time lesson with students in a partner school in Jakarta was conducted via Skype and is an example of building Asian literacy and people-to-people links in the Asian Century.

Rikard Bagun, Arief Suditomo and Abdul Rokhim chat with BRIDGE teacher Kathy McVeigh and students
Rikard Bagun, Arief Suditomo and Abdul Rokhim chat with BRIDGE teacher Kathy McVeigh and students.

A highlight of the visit was the Roundtable where the Indonesian editors met their Australian counterparts. Discussion centred on the economies and upcoming elections in both countries, as well as the media landscape and efforts to shift public perceptions of each other’s countries.

Journalists were also interviewed on ABC Radio and Newsline.

Auskar Surbakti speaking with Yuli Ismartono, Deputy Chief Editor of TEMPO, Uni Lubis, Chief Editor of news and current affairs at ANTV, and Arief Suditomo, Editor in Chief at RCTI.
Auskar Surbakti speaking with Yuli Ismartono, Deputy Chief Editor of TEMPO, Uni Lubis, Chief Editor of news and current affairs at ANTV, and Arief Suditomo, Editor in Chief at RCTI.