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Elections Abroad: New Governments, New Relationships

On 16th May 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 are 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 will this 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.

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Hamish McDonald

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.

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Pradeep Taneja

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.

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Sally Warhaft

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.

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Tim Lindsey

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.

The Fifth Estate

Sally Warhaft has been the Wheeler Centre’s in-house news anchor since 2012. In 2018 – over 100 episodes in – the anthropologist, broadcaster and intrepid interviewer’s fortnightly live series continues, as she responds to the most important debates of the day and reignites stories that have fallen off the front pages.

Every second Tuesday, Sally hosts a dizzying array of guests from the worlds of politics, culture, international relations and beyond, in a witty and revealing analysis of current affairs. It’s an event series and a live podcast taping rolled into one. Topical guests are announced in the weeks prior to events: keep an eye on our website (or in the Wheeler Weekly) for updates.

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