Professor Tim Lindsey says the re-election of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has, somewhat surprisingly, barely rated a mention in one of it's biggest trading and diplomatic partners: Australia.
"Perhaps this was because it was expected, but I suspect it's more likely that Australian's have barely noticed Indonesia's extremely successful transition to democracy. Of all the countries that have gone through the economic crisis, Indonesia is one of the few in which democracy has taken hold and increased."
"Attitudes in Australia are still fixed by the old experiences of an authoritarian, military backed dictatorship under Suharto. Despite the fact that somewhere around a fifth of Australian's have gone to Bali, no one seems to have registered the massive transition to an open, democratic and vibrant democracy."