Opinion

Coronavirus: Will Australia turn its back on Indonesia?

By Adam Triggs
April 13 2020 - 5:00pm
A port health officer observes cruise passengers' body temperatures at Benoa cruise port in Denpasar last month. Australia and Indonesia's trade is worth almost $12 billion each year. Picture: Getty Images

"Indonesia's success is our success," Prime Minister Scott Morrison declared just 18 months ago. Whether this was a platitude or a genuine statement will be revealed in the next few weeks. Through no fault of its own, Indonesia's economy is facing its most significant challenge since the Asian financial crisis, and there is a costless way Australia could help one of our closest friends and neighbours. Will it?

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