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Tension in Jakarta, 1965

Discover what happens when a failed coup (violent overthrow) leaves the Indonesian government in turmoil. This clip shows the government being re-shuffled to reward those who have been loyal to President Sukarno's regime. General Suharto is one of them.

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Suharto's son 'Tommy' to build the national car

Can you imagine waking up to find out that the nation's leader had decided to give his own son the exclusive right to build and sell the national car? This is exactly what Indonesia's president Suharto did in 1996, when he granted exclusive rights to his son, Hutomo Mandala Putra (Tommy), to produce the 'Timor'.

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Gough Whitlam visits Indonesia - part 2

How do you feel when your good ideas are rejected? Is it worse when you're the leader of a country? On his first visit to Indonesia in 1973, Australia's prime minister, Gough Whitlam, finds his proposal for greater regional cooperation rejected. He takes the opportunity of an address to Indonesia's parliament to affirm ...

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Gough Whitlam visits Indonesia - part 1

Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam visits Indonesia in 1973 to meet with president Suharto. During his visit, the prime minister talks to the Indonesian president about improving the relationship between the two countries, by - amongst other things - creating a new grouping of Asian and Pacific nations including Australia.

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Prime Minister Paul Keating visits Indonesia

If a country is potentially guilty of human rights abuses, is it better to shun it, or welcome it back into the international fold? On his first overseas journey as prime minister, Paul Keating arrives in Indonesia in 1992 to meet with president Suharto, determined to improve relations between the two countries.

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Indonesia's president visits Australia

What happens when the president of Indonesia visits Australia for the first time in 2010? In this clip, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono becomes the first Indonesian president to address the Australian Parliament. His visit is particularly important because he vows to make people smuggling illegal. However, it is almost overshadowed ...

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President Suharto announces his retirement

Can you imagine living under the same ruler for more than 30 years? In 1994, President Suharto ended decades of controversy when he announced that he would retire in four years, at the end of his current term in office. This clip presents the range of possible successors but it is suggested that the next leader will probably ...

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Suharto marks the anniversary of 1965 coup attempt

When does a celebration become a political statement? In 1996, President Suharto celebrates the anniversary of the communist coup (violent uprising) that brought him to power. But this is not just about remembering the past. This celebration would allow the president to link his current opposition with a re-emergent communism ...

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Konfrontasi: Indonesia's undeclared war

How do you distract your citizens from the hardships they face? You give them a common enemy. This clip from 1966 reveals the way in which President Sukarno rallied Indonesians behind an undeclared war against Malaysia, which he painted as a puppet of the United Kingdom.

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Sukarno's collaboration with Japan during WW II

Imagine that, in order to preserve your freedom, you had to fight alongside your enemy. During World War II, Indonesian nationalists - led by Sukarno - collaborated with Japanese invaders. Richard Oxenburgh's commentary provides a well-argued historical explanation for Sukarno's collaboration with the Japanese in Indonesia.

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Impact of Javanese expansion on Irian Jaya

In the modern world, is it possible to protect an indigenous culture from population growth and economic expansion? This 1995 news report explains that, as migrants make their way from Java to Irian Jaya and mining companies seek to exploit the land, the traditional life of the indigenous Dani people is under threat.

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Sukarno's rise to power

What happens to the fate of individual countries following a world war? After the end of World War II, the Dutch abandon Indonesia, their former colony. This leaves room for a home-grown hero named Sukarno to return from exile and take the reins. The clip shows the swearing in of Sukarno and the flying of the flag of the ...

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Megawati Sukarnoputri campaigns for Parliament

Discover what happened when Megawati Sukarnoputri, a member of Indonesia's Democratic Party, took on the country's political leadership in 1995. For the country's Muslim majority and those who were tired of the Suharto regime, Megawati Sukarnoputri and her political party represented the nation's best chance of establishing ...

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President Sukarno faces political unrest

How long can a president last in the top job when those in the government want him out? In this 1967 news clip, Indonesia's first president, Sukarno, is faced with political opposition. While he is still popular with the people, politicians speculate that he may not be in the job for long. Although Sukarno puts on a brave ...

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Shadow Play, 2001: 'Not a slaughter'

This clip shows separate footage of Frank Palmos, Don North and Roland Challis, Australian, US and British foreign correspondents respectively, who were based in Indonesia in the 1960s. They relate the difficulties they faced in filing or having published their reports about political killings in Indonesia during this period. ...

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The Ice Capped Jungle, 1993: Irian Jaya's history

This clip shows events in the history of Western New Guinea (Papua and West Papua) from the 1950s to the 1990s. Archival black-and-white footage of local highland people, Protestant missionaries and Indonesian leaders and soldiers is shown as the narrator describes the events that led to Western New Guinea being signed ...

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Picture Paradise education kit

This is an education kit from a National Gallery of Australia exhibition of photographs titled ‘Picture Paradise: Asia-Pacific Photography 1840s-1940s.’ The downloadable kit contains nine photographs from India, China, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Japan, Bali and Australia. They are accompanied by information about the photographer, ...