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Transit Country’s Challenges on Migrant Smuggling: exploring gaps in Indonesia’s law enforcement response

UNHCR News Story: UNHCR calls for concrete steps to protect refugees through Bali Process

The distance from Christmas Island and Ashmore Reef to the nearest Indonesian coastline is less than 250 nm. About 5,000 people on board of leaky Indonesian boats – that navigated by Indonesian crews – arrived in Australia during the first four months this year.

And many more had arrived through similar way in the previous years. These are clear evidences that these boats and these people must have previously departed from Indonesia.

In Indonesia, almost all investigated migrant smuggling cases are related to the transporting of people leaving Indonesia illegally to Australia, the outbound migrant smuggling.

However, as a transit country, Indonesia is not only experiencing outbound migrant smuggling but also the inbound one, entering Indonesia’s northern-shore of its western region.

Evidences from the investigated outbound cases strongly indicate that:

most irregular immigrants were previously smuggled too, from Malaysia.

This indication of massive inbound smuggling operations is not responded very well by Indonesian law agencies. There is also no strong evidence that Indonesia has liaised with Malaysia adequately to deal with this issue.

It is pretty much in contrast with Indonesia’s response to the outbound migrant smuggling. There seems to be gaps in Indonesia’s law enforcement response. 

Akhmad Khumaidi’s research explores and identifies these gaps with an expectation that its findings can be used to balance and to improve Indonesia’s law enforcement response to this serious crime.


*Akhmad Khumaidi, a research scholar at Flinder Law School at Flinders University, is presenting his research findings at the GoLive Indonesia discussion series on 29 August 2013. For more information about our program please visit:



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A New Seminar Series on Contemporary Indonesia:”The Non-Right to Religious Freedom in Indonesia”

GoLive Indonesia and the Indo-Pacific Governance Research Centre and the Discipline of Politics & International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Adelaide present “A New Seminar Series on Contemporary Indonesia”.

The first seminar in the series by Prof. Tim Lindsey, Director of Studies, Graduate Program in Asian Law | Director, Centre for Islamic Law & Society, The University of Melbourne.

Prof Lindsey presentation on “The Non-Right to Religious Freedom in Indonesia” will be held at 13:30 – 15:00 on Wednesday, July 31st at Henry Basten Room (104), 1st floor Mitchell Building University of Adelaide.

Tim Lindsey is a Professor of Asian Law and Director of the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society at the Melbourne Law School. He holds a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Letters from the University of Melbourne and completed his PhD thesis in Indonesian studies. He teaches and researches Indonesian law, shari’a (Islamic law), comparative law and law reform in developing countries. He is the Chair of the Australia Indonesia Institute and practises at the Victorian Bar.

His publications include Indonesia: Law and Society; Law Reform in Developing Countries; The Indonesian Constitution; and Corruption in Asia. He is a founding editor of The Australian Journal of Asian Law.

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Designing and Implementing a Quantitative Survey: Notes from fieldwork in Indonesia

Wahida during fieldwork in Indonesia

Wahida during fieldwork in Indonesia

Wahida, Global Food Studies, University of Adelaide

Higher education institutions in Australia offer opportunities for their research students to develop their ability and individual set of research skills. This can be done through conducting a research project either full time or part time.  One of the biggest constraints that is often faced by many students is that students entering higher degree research programs are assumed to have a complete set of skills and experience in conducting independent research.

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Challenges and Opportunities for Indonesia and Australia Relationship in the Asian Century


On 17 May 2013, Counsellor in Politics and  Senior First Secretary of Economic Affairs of The Republic of Indonesia Embassy in Australia, Mr Widya Rahmanto and Mr Denny Lesmana shared some valuable  insights into  “Challenges and Opportunities for Indonesia and Australia (IA) Relationship in The Asian Century”. This discussion forum was organised by the Indonesian Embassy, South Australian Chapter of The Indonesian Student Association (PPIA), and fully supported by  PPIA at Flinders University, University of Adelaide and University of South Australia and  GoLive Indonesia.

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Legal mobilisation and access to justice in Indonesia: Insights from the Struggle Over International Standard Schools

Decentralized Basic Education

On 3 May 2013, Associate Professor Andrew Rosser, ARC Future Fellow at Indo-Pacific Governance Research Centre at University of Adelaide presented his work entitled “Legal mobilisation and access to justice in Indonesia: Insights from the Struggle Over International Standard Schools” at our GoLive Indonesia-Indonesian student association (PPIA) University of Adelaide branch academic discussion series. Prof Rosser’s presentation is based on his current ARC Future Fellowship project to understand conditions to allow citizens to mobilise effectively, covering education, health and water issues.

Following the fall of the New Order regime in late 1990s, Indonesia’s 1945 constitution was radically revised as part of a shift towards a more democratic and decentralised political system. Part of this ‘revision’ is the establishment of the Constitutional Court (CC). Established in 2003, the CC has the authority to determine the constitutionality of laws passed by parliament and their individual provisions. But it is not to rule on lower-level implementing regulations.

Is Indonesia undergoing a rights revolution? What is the role of an organisation to support individual justice seekers taking lessons from struggle over international standard schools in Indonesia?

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


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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Diversity of Media=Diversity of Content?


Anang Sujoko, Brawijaya University 

In Indonesia, after the resignation of President Soeharto (1998), the freedom of expression has encouraged the media development. The mass media, including print media and broadcasting media, has significantly grown. For instance, the number of private television stations went up from two stations in 1998 to 11 national commercial network stations and hundreds of local commercial TV stations (Davis 2013). In addition, there are currently one thousand print media (newspaper, tabloid, and magazine) with 25 million copies.

In Indonesia, mainstream media, including print and broadcasting, play the important role in shaping or directing Indonesians’ points of view and life. This article briefly reviews the importance of media and how the media works,  and investigates whether diversity of media leads to diversity of content.

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