Indonesia-Australia to Conclude Trade Agreement

Jakarta – Australian Trade, Tourism and Investment Minister Steven Ciobo is visiting Indonesia this week to conclude a free trade agreement with Indonesia, the Australian Embassy here said on its website on Monday. “This week I am visiting Jakarta to build further momentum for concluding a free trade agreement with Indonesia,” he said as quoted […]

Indonesian, Australian air forces hold joint exercise

Pekanbaru, Riau – Five F-16 fighter planes based at Air Squadron 16 Fighting Falcon, Roesmin Nurjadin Air Force Base in Pekanbaru, Riau will be participating in the joint exercise called Pitch Black 2016 which will take place in Darwin, Australia. The planes with 62 personnel — 12 pilots and 50 crew members and technicians — […]

Indonesia the most favorite destination for Australian tourists

  Jakarta – Indonesia has so far proven to be the most favorite destination for Australian tourists, overtaking New Zealand, Indonesian Ambassador to Australia Nadjib Riphat Kesoema said. “The variety of natural wealth and beauty, culture and world-class tourist facilities that the Indonesian government offers to tourists have become special attractions for Australian tourists,” he […]

Australia Rejects UN Criticism of “Human Rights Violations”

SYDNEY ~ Australia Tuesday rejected United Nations criticism that its treatment of asylum-seekers was “leading to a chain of human rights violations” with Canberra saying abuses in Syria and Iraq were worse. New UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad Zeid al-Hussein used his inaugural speech Monday to slam Australia’s offshore processing of asylum-seekers […]

Australia Admits It Knew of ‘Prisoner X’ in Detention

SYDNEY Foreign Minister Bob Carr admitted Canberra knew an Australian had been detained by Tel Aviv in 2010 for national security offences, as media suggested he may have been held for treason. Carr’s revelation, following an earlier statement that he only became aware of the man’s incarceration after his death, came after Israel confirmed it […]

Australia Police Withdraw from East Timor

DILI Australia withdrew its last remaining police officers from East Timor as international forces wind up a 13-yearpresence in Asia’s youngest nation, where thousands have died in political turmoil. The eight Australian officers serving with the UN Police boarded a Darwin-bound plane from the capital Dili as the United Nations prepares to officially end its […]

Australia Piles Pressure on SBY over Bali Prisoners

NUSA DUA Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd lobbied President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Bali on Thursday over convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby and fellow Australians on death row on the island. The former Australian premier pitched for a pardon for Corby, sentenced to a 20-year prison term in 2005 for smuggling 4.2 kilograms of marijuana […]

Bali First in Aussie $2m Indonesia Security Boost

DENPASAR Bali is the first area of the country to benefit from a US$2 million maritime security system donated by the Australian government. Australian Home Affairs Minister Brendan O’Connor said his country had provided the communications system to help Indonesia combat maritime threats and cross-border crimes. “Maritime security is a regional concern and the Gillard […]