Joko Widodo requires Australia-Indonesia management on local weather and improvement within the Pacific

Mr Morrison additionally introduced Indonesia’s entry to Australia’s work and vacation visas will enhance from 1000 to 4100 per 12 months, superannuation funds can be inspired to put money into Indonesia and Monash College will set up its first overseas campus within the nation, as extra particulars of a bilateral settlement are revealed.

Amid rising threats and uncertainty going through the world, Mr Joko stated he needed to stipulate 4 key priorities for the Australia-Indonesia relationship: advocate values of democracy and variety, promote open and truthful financial insurance policies, lead on improvement and local weather change within the Pacific and fight environmental degradation.

President of Indonesia Joko Widodo and Prime Minister Scott Morrison address the media at Parliament House.

President of Indonesia Joko Widodo and Prime Minister Scott Morrison deal with the media at Parliament Home.Credit score:Dominic Lorrimer

Mr Joko informed the joint sitting of Parliament that Indonesia and Australia should turn into “anchors” for improvement and help within the Pacific area.

“Indonesia understands the event challenges within the Pacific area,” he stated.

“As a fellow island state, Indonesia faces comparable challenges with nations within the Pacific area: local weather change and pure disasters, in addition to social inequality, training, well being and human assets improvement are the true challenges going through nations within the Pacific area.

“Indonesia and Australia should turn into true pals for nations within the Pacific area – collaborating as improvement companions, addressing the impacts of local weather change and assuaging poverty and social inequality, and to create new centres of financial progress within the Pacific area.”

Identification politics is a menace to democracy, a menace to variety and a menace to tolerance.

Joko Widodo

As his nation battles a seamless rise in Islamic extremism, Mr Joko stated Australia and Indonesia wanted to proceed to advocate the values of “democracy, human rights, tolerance and variety”.

“Cease intolerance, cease xenophobia, cease radicalism and cease terrorism,” he stated.

“Identification politics have to be discouraged in our nations and globally no matter its spiritual, ethnicity descriptive identification foundation.

“Identification politics is a menace to democracy, a menace to variety and a menace to tolerance. These threats will turn into much more [real] when exploited for short-term political pursuits, leading to hatred, concern and even social battle.

“As democratic and numerous nations, we should work laborious, side-by-side standing tall collectively to defend the values of democracy, tolerance and variety and to keep away from the world from a conflict of civilisations.”

With China and the US locked in a commerce dispute over the previous 12 months, Mr Joko stated the “zero-sum sport” of protectionism was on the rise and nations like Australia and Indonesia wanted to steer the world in implementing “open free and truthful financial rules”.

Referring to the bushfire help Indonesia has supplied Australia over the summer time, Mr Joko stated: “True pals are individuals who stick with you through the good and unhealthy instances.”

“Australia by no means leaves Indonesia’s facet through the time of disasters. The individuals of Indonesia will at all times bear in mind when Indonesia was struck by tsunami in 2004 … and Australian troopers sadly perished once they have been helping,” he stated.


“Australia is Indonesia’s closest good friend.”

Citing Robert Menzies’ assertion that Australia and Indonesia have “10 instances as a lot in frequent as we have now in distinction”, Mr Joko acknowledged the cultural variations between the 2 nations however stated they share values of pluralism, numerous ethnic teams, democracy, respect for human rights and dedication to guard the atmosphere.

“The younger technology of Indonesia and Australia are introduced up with comparable values: they stay in democratic settings, conversant in Netflix, Instagram, Fb and actively trade worldwide views, and these are the sturdy basis for shared values in constructing friendship within the current and for the long run,” he stated.

“Within the 12 months 2050 one century of our partnership will likely be a monumental 12 months. Within the 12 months 2050, Indonesia and Australia will rework to turn into main gamers within the area and on the world stage.

“Within the 12 months 2050 the world will see extra uncertainties. If this pattern continues, the world within the subsequent three many years will likely be much more disrupted … stagnation of financial progress and even recession are looming giant, and it’s feared the values of democracies and variety have gotten extra marginalised.”

Of their joint assertion, Mr Morrison and Mr Joko expressed concern about current developments within the South China Sea, together with the continued militarisation of disputed territory.

Australia and Indonesia have been two of the extra vocal nations in pushing again in opposition to China’s more and more assertive place within the South China Sea.

Mr Morrison stated Australia and Indonesia would wish to proceed to face collectively in coping with the strategic competitors happening within the Indo-Pacific.

Noting Indonesia was on monitor to turn into the fourth-largest financial system within the coming years, Labor chief Anthony Albanese stated the commerce relationship had struggled to maintain tempo with the truth of Indonesia’s financial rise.

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