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Australia in the Asian century: Identifying opportunities for Indonesia-Australia relations

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On 8 May 2013, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade organised public consultations  “Australia in the Asian century” in Adelaide. Indonesia becomes one of the focused countries along with Korea, Japan, India and China. Risti Permani, GoLive Indonesia team member, attended the event.

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International Students as Young Migrant Workers in South Australia: Role of University in OHS Awareness and Education

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Yahya Thamrin, University of Adelaide and Hasanuddin University Makassar Indonesia

According to Nylan et al (2010) 50 per cent of international student have undertaken paid work. Approximately 56 per cent of overseas students in Australia have undertaken paid employment during their study period (AEI 2007). This trend has continued to grow. These international students normally undertake jobs in workplaces that rank low in terms of employment stratification (Anderson et al 2011). They are also susceptible to injury and exploitation (Nyland 2010). Language and cultural issues may exacerbate their conditions.

The issue on international students who participate in the workforce is part of migrant workers. The question is whether they are more vulnerable than migrant and young local workers. There have been some studies on either international students’ educational experience or migrants’ working experience. But little has been done to investigate the nexus between the two topics.

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Indonesia-Australia: Challenges and Opportunities (Part II)

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Christopher Findlay and David Parsons

This article is summarised from a speech presented by Professor Christopher Findlay, Executive Dean of Faculty of Professions the University of Adelaide at  AIBC SA Business Luncheon -Celebrating the anniversary of Indonesian Independence at Intercontinental Hotel Adelaide on 23 August 2012 derived from his paper co-authored with David Parsons.

This article extends discussions presented in Part I. Whilst Part I focuses on  Indonesia’s position as the world’s third largest democracy that is becoming bigger and richer, Part II explores how Australia and Indonesia, who face some similar concerns as well as some interconnected challenges, should further explore that there is much to be gained by understanding those better and then working out a better long term strategy.

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Indonesia-Australia: Challenges and Opportunities (Part I)

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Christopher Findlay and David Parsons

This article is summarised from a speech presented by Professor Christopher Findlay, Executive Dean of Faculty of Professions the University of Adelaide at  AIBC SA Business Luncheon -Celebrating the anniversary of Indonesian Independence at Intercontinental Hotel Adelaide on 23 August 2012 derived from his paper co-authored with David Parsons.

This article focuses on two points. First, Indonesia, the world’s third largest democracy, is becoming bigger and richer, which is an important for Australia.  Second, but Australia and Indonesia face some similar concerns as well as some interconnected challenges and there is much to be gained by understanding those better and then working out a better long term strategy.

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Two months in Riau: An Australian student’s perspective of life within Indonesia

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Julian Tunstill, University of Adelaide, Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) 2011/2012 participants

Julian Tunstill shared his experience at GoLive Indonesia workshop on 3 October 2012 after spending two months in Riau as part of the Australia Indonesia Youth Exchange Program, or AIYEP. Here is his valuable story.

At the outset I should probably mention that before my visit to Riau I had been to Indonesia several times, due in no small part to my mixed family background. My mother was born in Tondano, Sulawesi Utara, and my father is from Adelaide, so my reflections on Indonesian life would probably have differed from those who hadn’t been before. This particular time, however, was  different.  I spent two months in Riau with 35 other young Australians and Indonesians as part of the AIYEP.

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Natural Resources in Demand Symposium: Why Promoting Region Works

Associate Professor Wendy Umberger of University of Adelaide presented her work on branding South Australia (SA) at Natural Resources in Demand Symposium at Waite Campus, University of Adelaide, 10th October 2012.

SA is recognised globally for its premium food, beverages and culinary-tourism. The challenge for “brand” SA is to grow the recognition of SA premium food and wine, including the high standards of SA producers, and the regions in which the food is produced.

Origin can be presented as a brand. Origin is multi-dimensional. It can signal quality, safety, support for local agriculture, patriotism, enthnocentrism.

The key to brand awareness is saliency. It is the propensity of the brand to be noticed or come to mind in buying situations. It can be formed by experience. Marketing should focus on increasing a brand’s share of mind rather than changing attitudes through advertising.

Wendy’s work finds high saliency of Coles and Woolworths (retailer) brands in terms of good value for money, whilst regional brands are associated with food at special occasions.

Government intervention may have potential benefits. For example, they can protect consumers from low quality products, reduce consumers’ search costs, sellers’ costs by having uniform labelling requirements and provide gains to producers of high quality products.

However, government intervention may have potential costs. For example, it may become possible barriers to food innovation; sellers’ costs of labeling may increase; it creates goverment costs of implementation.

One possible way to move forward is to focus on increasing brand salience rather than SA origin labelling program. Bottom-up strategy may be needed. The government can invest in existing regional programs to expand reputation as high quality producers of food and wine and tourist destination and promote innovation.

*This summary is written by Risti Permani.

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ASEAN-BIS: Messages from Prime Minister Julia Gillard

Day 3 of the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit presented the last session on ASEAN-Australia relationships. According to asean-bis.com, the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand (AANZFTA) was signed on 27 February 2009, and subsequently entered into force for most signatories on 1 January 2010. It has now entered into force for all signatories, except Indonesia. Covering over 620 million people and a combined GDP of A$3.5 trillion, AANZFTA is the largest FTA Australia has entered into, and is the most comprehensive FTA that ASEAN has signed. AANZFTA provides a solid platform for strengthening and deepening the economic relationship between Australia and ASEAN.

What are Prime Minister Gillard’s key messages?

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