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Uniya Seminar Series 2006

Good Neighbour, Bad Neighbour

What's the difference? Australia's relations with Indonesia

Speakers at Sydney seminar (L-R): Peter King, Mary Bryant, Sidney Jones and Frank Brennan

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Selected papers*

 Good Neighbour, Bad Neighbour
Richard Woolcott, Melbourne, 2/8/06

* All papers will be published later this year (expected date of release: October 2006)

Media releases

 Former diplomat raises questions about people smuggling from Indonesia 21/8/06
Leading Indonesia analyst says immigration bill irrelevant to Australia-Indonesia relations 15/8/06
 Don't let Papua become another Timor, diplomat warns 7/8/06
Most Australians don't understand Indonesia: Former diplomat 31/7/06
 Uniya Seminar Series 2006 to focus on Australia-Indonesia relations 18/7/06





The 2006 series focused on Australia’s relationship with Indonesia. People prominent in this area were brought together to unpack the complexity of the relationship and to suggest ways forward for better relations.

Questions included: Do we have to choose between pragmatism and principles? What values do we share? Who decides what makes a good neighbour?


National schedule

The schedule was as follows:

Melbourne - 2 August: Assoc Prof Damien Kingsbury, Richard Woolcott and Prof Frank Brennan
Venue: Xavier College, Barkers Rd, Kew

Wollongong - 8 August: Duncan Campbell, Prof Adrian Vickers and Prof Frank Brennan
Venue: Edmund Rice College Hall, 112 Mount Keira Rd, West Wollongong

Sydney - 16 August: Sidney Jones, Prof Peter King and Prof Frank Brennan
Venue: Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre, 700 Harris St, Ultimo

Adelaide - 22 August: Dr John Bruni, Tony Kevin and Prof Frank Brennan
Venue: St Ignatius’ Parish, 137 William St, Norwood


Richard Woolcott AC
Former Ambassador to Indonesia (1975-78), Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 1988-1992

Assoc Prof Damien Kingsbury
Associate Professor at Deakin University, adviser to the Free Aceh Movement in the 2005 Helsinki peace talks

Prof Adrian Vickers
Bali expert and Chair of Asian Studies at the University of Wollongong

Duncan Campbell AM
Former diplomat, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (1985-1988)

Sidney Jones
Indonesia expert, Director of the South East Asia Project at the International Crisis Group, Jakarta

Prof Peter King
Founding President, later Director, of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at Sydney University

Dr John Bruni
Adjunct Lecturer in the Centre for Asian Studies at the University of Adelaide

Tony Kevin
Former diplomat; Visiting Fellow at the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, ANU; author of the award-winning A Certain Maritime Incident (2004)

Prof Frank Brennan SJ AO
Professor of Law in the Institute of Legal Studies at the Australian Catholic University; former Director, Jesuit Refugee Service in East Timor


The Uniya Seminar Series were first held in 1999 to mark 150 years of Jesuit work in Australia. Presented by Uniya Jesuit Social Justice Centre, they are given annually and focus on topical social justice issues. Speakers have included judges, lawyers and business leaders as well as academics, researchers, policy-makers and advocates.

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(Picket fence image credit: Modified from photo by Frank van den Berg, http://www.sxc.hu/profile/phpdesign)

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