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The Fifth Estate: Elections Abroad
On 16th May 2014, the results of India’s national election were declared and a new government, led by controversial BJP leader Narendra Modi, was elected with an overwhelming majority. Meanwhile, front-runners were emerging for the Indonesian presidential election to be held on 9 July.
Both elections will bring significant shifts in policy and potential power in the region. What do these mean for Australia and its relationships in South and South East Asia? What are the ambitions and challenges for these rapidly changing nations? And how are their relationships with the Coalition government, nine months into its first term?
Sally Warhaft is joined by Professor Tim Lindsey, director of the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society, Dr Pradeep Taneja a fellow of the Australia India Institute at the University of Melbourne and Hamish McDonald, author of Demokrasi, for an enlightening discussion on new governments in the region and what it means for Australia.