Indonesia is an important regional partner for Australia. It is a democracy and a rich, diverse and moderate Islamic country, with a rapidly developing economy. Our trade and cultural links with Indonesia need to be profound and strong as the Asian Century progresses.
In 2012, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) commissioned Newspoll to survey Australian attitudes to Indonesia. A sample of 1,200 adults across Australia was asked about their knowledge of Indonesia and for their thoughts on the importance of the bilateral relationship.
Some misunderstandings about Indonesia on the part of Australians have been thrown up by the research. A substantial number of Australians are unaware of Indonesia's robust legal system, its positive role in world affairs such as the G20, and the fact that Indonesia is a middle power and not a poor country.