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Jewel Topsfield has been named Fairfax's new Indonesia correspondent. Most recently, she was education editor at The Age. She was formerly the deputy editor of the National Times and spent three years in the Press Gallery in Canberra. Jewel has been a journalist with The Age since 2004.
Jewel Topsfield Agriculture minister does a deal with an Indonesian minister famous for her policy of blowing up illegal fishing boats.
Jewel Topsfield Trade Minister Andrew Robb is proceeding with a planned trip to Indonesia this weekend in an indication he is confident of retaining his ministerial position despite voting for Tony Abbott in the...
Jewel Topsfield and Karuni Rompies The Indonesian government has denied suggestions by former foreign minister Marty Natalegawa that Australia's relationship with Indonesia is at its lowest point.
Sarah Whyte, David Wroe and Jewel Topsfield The recent payment to people smugglers to turn a boat back to Indonesia was the first time that such a payment has been made specifically for a turn-back, Fairfax Media has learnt.
Jewel Topsfield, Sarah Whyte, Karuni Rompies The Australian Senate will launch an inquiry into the alleged payments to people smugglers after the Abbott government refused to hand over documents into the claims, citing "public interest...
Jewel Topsfield, David Wroe and Sarah Whyte Indonesia's vice-president Jusuf Kalla has said that paying off people smugglers – the claim made against Australian officials – amounts to bribery, in an escalation of diplomatic...
Jewel Topsfield Indonesia's foreign minister has asked Australia's ambassador to give an explanation on claims authorities paid a boat crew to return to Indonesian waters.
Sarah Whyte and Jewel Topsfield Australia could be breaching several international treaties if the allegations that Australian officials paid people smugglers to take the boat back to Indonesia, academics say.
Jewel Topsfield, Karuni Rompies and Sarah Whyte The Indonesian government has confirmed police are investigating claims that Australian officials paid people smugglers to return to Indonesia.
Jewel Topsfield, Karuni Rompies, Sarah Whyte Three Australian Federal Police officers will visit the Indonesian island of Rote where six crew members are being detained on people smuggling charges, according to Indonesian police.
Jewel Topsfield, James Massola, David Wroe The Indonesian government has rebuked Australia for refusing to resettle any of the thousands of Rohingya and Bangladeshi asylum seekers at the centre of the growing refugee...
Jewel Topsfield Australia has a responsibility to address the humanitarian crisis in the Bay of Bengal because it is a signatory to the UN Convention on Refugees, according to the Indonesian government.
Adam Gartrell and Jewel Topsfield Former Indonesian army general Prabowo Subianto says he supports the death penalty for drug kingpins but the approach to executions should be flexible.
Tom Allard and Jewel Topsfield, Bali Indonesian President Joko Widodo's push to punish drug dealers is popular and he is wary of appearing to bow to foreign governments.
Bali nine executions: Australian officials called to meeting with Indonesia's Minister of Foreign Affairs
Jewel Topsfield Australian embassy officials in Jakarta have been called to a meeting with the Indonesian Ministry of foreign affairs.
Jewel Topsfield and Matthew Knott The Abbott government's controversial review of the national curriculum has failed to reignite the culture wars as expected with its recommendations receiving widespread support across the country.
Jewel Topsfield Schools are not devoting sufficient time to literacy and numeracy in the early years of primary school because the national curriculum is too overcrowded, according to a review released today.
Jewel Topsfield The federal government will continue to subsidize 15 hours of kindergarten for four-year-olds for another year, Assistant Education Minister Sussan ley has announced.
Jewel Topsfield The Federal Government faces a showdown with some states over whether to allow schools to appoint secular welfare workers instead of chaplains in the wake of the High Court decision that the existing...
Jewel Topsfield Students with dyslexia and other learning difficulties will be identified as having a disability under the federal school funding reforms, paving the way for more support for children who struggle...