From Dictatorship To Democracy In Indonesia (1996 2000)

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Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) - Queensland Branch says
Presented by Michael Day

Australian journalist Michael Day will take you behind the headlines as he describes covering Indonesia during the time of turmoil as it struggled towards democracy.

Michael will tell you about how he obtained and missed good stories, and how a foreign correspondent has to deal with the newspaper office back home as well as with a suspicious regime. You will hear about the dangers, the warm Indonesian hospitality, the enjoyment, the fog of events, the hassles, the humour, the satisfaction.

Michael will describe attending a show trial of dissidents in Jakarta, running from tear gas and batons in Yogyakarta, watching buildings burn as the military withdrew from Aceh, and the tearful rejoicing after the dictator fell. Michael was one of the only Western correspondents to interview Megawati Sukarnoputri, later to become president. He interviewed future president Abdurrahman Wahid, prominent politician Amien Rais, and novelist Pramoedya Ananta Toer. He saw President Suharto face-to-face in his Menteng living room. With Walkley-award winning photographer Tony Ashby — some of whose photographs he will display– Michael climbed up a mountain in East Timor to the jungle camp of a Falantil guerrilla commander Lu-Olo to hear his message to Australia ahead of the independence referendum.

Ticket Prices
Members: free
Non-Member: $15
Student (non-members): $10

Registration closes Tuesday 23rd August 2016 3:00pm

To become a member head to: http://www.internationalaffairs.org.au/qld/signup/
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By: Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) - Queensland Branch

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