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Michael Bachelard

Michael Bachelard is Fairfax Media's Indonesia correspondent. A former political reporter and workplace relations writer, he was awarded a Jefferson Fellowship in journalism in 2005. He is the author of Behind The Exclusive Brethren.

Stopping the chainsaws

Michael Bachelard Determined Australian forester Scott Poynton is employing unusual methods in his crusade to get the world's loggers to clean up their act.

Nanik's fate renews pressure on zoo

dead orangutan from Surabaya zoo shortly before she died.

Michael Bachelard A young orang-utan died prematurely on Saturday after a short life spent in the squalid environment of Indonesia's Surabaya zoo.

Indonesian live cattle exports resume to meet post-Ramadan rush


Michael Bachelard When the Indonesian government took offence at Australia's suspension of live cattle exports in 2011 and announced a new policy of "beef self-sufficiency" it assured its citizens that the local...

Zoo takes terrible toll on animals

A proboscis monkey

Michael Bachelard Melani the Sumatran tiger heaves herself painfully to her feet, walks to the fence and is hand-fed a few pieces of chicken cut into small chunks.

A turning point for deforestation

excavators cutting down trees  in Sumatra .

Michael Bachelard The logging company that became a poster child for bad environmental practice and was accused by Greenpeace of ‘‘pulping the planet’’, has agreed to end natural forest logging and rely on plantation...

Extinction risk as Aceh opens forests for logging

Michael Bachelard SOME of the richest and most biodiverse forests in Indonesia will soon be opened up for commercial exploitation under a plan drafted by the new government of Aceh.

Northern neighbour's meat market pricing out Australians exporters


Michael Bachelard and Richard Willingham Nobody notices as the first steer is led quietly into the killing box. There is no struggling and no lowing.

Indonesia's forests of corruption

Young gold miners work at a new illegal mineshaft in the hills near the village of Geumpang in Aceh.

Michael Bachelard As the public servants of Indonesia's Forestry Ministry stand waiting for the lifts, they are assailed by warnings against graft.

Mega-cities pose climate test as consumption grows

Haze veils a bridge over the Kapuas river on the Indonesian island of Borneo.

Michael Bachelard The mega-cities of Asia will be the toughest test for climate-change policy as a rising middle class begins to consume goods at rates only previously seen in the west.

Tsunami fears abate after Indian Ocean quake rocks Indonesia

Breaking news

Michael Bachelard A massive earthquake yesterday struck beneath the ocean 346 kilometres south-west of the Indonesian province of Aceh, generating tsunami warnings, but no big wave.

Quake rattles Mexico as Indon tsunami fears recede


Megan Levy and Michael Bachelard A strong earthquake has hit Mexico’s Pacific coast, shaking buildings and sending people running into the streets of the capital Mexico City as two further quakes struck off the US coast.

Majority report: why consensus is all the rage

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Michael Bachelard Do the media ignore the scientific uncertainty about climate change? The 'Climate Agenda' series continues as Michael Bachelard reports.

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