Why Australia Should Be Paying Better Attention to Indonesia, and Why We Have Been a Bit of an Asshole.

You live in a competitive neighbourhood who are all fighting for the title of best garden and have a neighbour how is doing really well at securing itself as well as having a prosperous garden, you want to be able to be able to grow some of your fruits in their garden (this is an analogy for economy FYI) with the added benefit of having their security gate (defence security.. duh) therefore you become best pals and make deals in order for you both to prosper. Sounds fab right? This is Indonesia to Australia, there economic position of growth, position in the growing Asia Pacific boom, it’s progress to becoming the worlds 3rd largest functional democracy and geographic position are all favourable to us. So are we best pals yet? Not quite.