Jewel Topsfield

Jewel Topsfield is Fairfax's Indonesia correspondent. She is an award-winning journalist who has been with Fairfax Media for 10 years. Most recently, she was education editor at The Age for five years. Prior to that she was the launch deputy editor of the National Times, Fairfax’s online opinion site. She also spent three years in the Canberra Press Gallery covering immigration, education, the environment and water.

A view of the Grasberg copper and gold mine near Timika, Papua province.

Freeport wants Rio's approval on Grasberg deal

Jakarta: US mining giant Freeport McMoRan has signalled it believes a breakthrough agreement allowing it to continue operating a massive gold and copper mine in Indonesia will win the approval of Rio Tinto.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Jakarta in March

'High quality' Indonesia deal may only be 'good'

Jakarta: Malcolm Turnbull's desire for a "high quality" free trade agreement with Indonesia will confront Jakarta's protectionist impulses, with chief negotiator Deddy Saleh saying his country was shooting for a "good quality" agreement instead.

Director General for International Trade Iman Pambagyo speaks during interview with SMH in Jakarta, Indonesia. ...

Indonesia 'not closing door' to Australian exports

Jakarta: A senior trade official insists Indonesia is not "closing our doors" to Australian agricultural products despite its drive towards food self-sufficiency as the two countries enter the eighth round of free trade negotiations in Canberra this week.

Murdah has changed his mind about raising cattle in Indonesia

Tree eating cows could help feed Indonesia

For years Murdah had no desire to own a cow. His father-in-law owned them and they stank. "Back then they kept them next to the house," says Murdah, a motorcycle taxi driver from the village of Genggelang in North Lombok. "You couldn't even have visitors because of the smell. It was not healthy, my family got sick, the cows died and for what?"