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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.


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. After he authored one of the classic texts on Indonesia, Suharto’s Indonesia (1980), their government ... Read more

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 ris... Read more

Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She is the host of The Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, and The Leap Year, a Wheeler Centre podcast about Australians’ lives in the fog of ... Read more

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 ... Read more


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