Wednesday 18 Jul 2018 | 07:37 | SYDNEY
Wednesday 18 Jul 2018 | 07:37 | SYDNEY

Dealing with a 'normal' Indonesia

By

Stephen Grenville

2 June 2008 10:44

With Kevin Rudd visiting Indonesia next week, thoughts are turning to what 'deliverables' he might achieve. As I argue in the AFR today, the visit won’t revolutionise our relationship, but it is important to shift it a notch higher, to reflect Indonesia’s return to being a 'normal' country. Downgrading  the scary Travel Advisory (as suggested in this blog before, including last week) seems an obvious move, and for Australia to delay after the US has downgraded its warning just begs the question, 'what do we know that the Americans don’t?'