Jakarta: Indonesia has complained to the World Trade Organisation over a protectionist tariff imposed by Australia on paper imports, in a move that could overshadow the last months of sensitive free-trade negotiations.
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.
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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?"
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