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.
Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer and the host of the Wheeler Centre’s live journalism series, the Fifth Estate, now in its sixth year. She is a former editor of the Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.
Tim Lindsey is Malcolm Smith Professor of Asian Law and Director of the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society at the University of Melbourne. He is also chair of DFAT’s Australia Indonesia Institute and was a member of the Reference Group for the former National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Program.
Dr Pradeep Taneja is a fellow of the Australia India Institute at the University of Melbourne, where he also lectures in Asian politics, political economy and international relations in the School of Social and Political Sciences. His current research interests include Sino-Indian relations, the rise of China and India as regional and global powers and government-business relations in Asia.
Hamish McDonald has been a foreign correspondent in Jakarta, Tokyo, Hong Kong, New Delhi and Beijing. He was the Asia-Pacific editor of the Sydney Morning Herald and has twice won Walkley Awards.