Category Archives: Reform

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

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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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Management for a High Performing Organisation in University Context

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Burhanuddin, School of Education, University of Adelaide

Universities in Indonesia are challenged by various constraints in management including limited internal capacity to manage staff in competitive situation. Managing a university as a part of public organisations requires an appropriate strategy to survive in responding to the demands of local community and global market. Defining university as an entity consisting of three key components namely academic, student and management, the management component is argued to have impacts on the overall university performance.

How can leadership styles help improve university performance?

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Agricultural transformation: Neglected development in Indonesia

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Dr. Ronnie S. Natawidjaja of Center for Agrifood Policy and Agribusiness Studies, University of Padjajaran presented his work on agricultural transformation in Indonesia at GoLive Indonesia-PPIA Indonesian Student Association academic workshop series on 29th October 2012 at School of Economics, the University of Adelaide during his visit to Adelaide. He opened his presentation by saying ” Indonesia is a great country. There is no reason for Indonesians to be poor …” He explained how Indonesia should transform its agricultural sectors which may contribute to poverty reduction programs in Indonesia.

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Moving Forward on Regional Integration in Trade in Services

Michael Cornish, University of Adelaide
Trade liberalisation — whether of goods or services — faces the classic and recurrent political-economy problem attached to serious reform.
The losers from liberalisation are often in concentrated groups, such as those industries that huddle behind tariff and non-tariff protection, enjoying the largesse of direct government financial support. The winners, meanwhile, including individual, government and industry consumers, have gains that are spread thinly between them.The uncertainty associated with reform efforts frequently generates resistance — and rigorous debate over which reform path to chart only heightens this sense of uncertainty, creating yet more resistance. There is less research on the gains from trade liberalisation in services than there is in goods. As a result, the liberalisation of services has received little advocacy, only reinforcing the region’s sluggish efforts toward reform.

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Reforming the Indonesian Bureaucracy

Prof Sofian Effendi, Professor of Public Policy at University of Gadjah Mada presented at Indonesian student association’s (PPIA) academic discussion on 16 January 2012 in Adelaide. Prof Effendi talked about reforming the Indonesian bureaucracy.

One key question Prof Effendi raised was “How to improve government officials’ performance?” Work integrity and corruption were some of the key aspects being highlighted.

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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, 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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More on Structural Reform

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Professor Christopher Findlay, University of Adelaide

An article by  by Maria Monica Wihardja in the Jakarta Post(21/9/2011) adds another valuable contribution to the continuing discussion of the structural reform challenge of Indonesia.

Dr Wihardja mentions the APEC study which was also noted here in a recent post.  She mentions the size of the gains from structural reform.    This is an important point and the results of that analysis are interesting and worth exploring a bit further.
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