Indonesia a threat?

Indonesia a threat?

Most Australians view neighbouring Indonesia as a threat but only about a third know it is not ruled by the military and fewer still can name its president, a poll said.

The poll of 1,007 Australians by foreign policy thinktank The Lowy Institute found that almost two-thirds of respondents regarded Indonesia as a dangerous source of Islamic terrorism. A similar number said that Australia was right to worry about Indonesia as a military threat.

However only 20 per cent could name Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono as Indonesia’s president. “There are very low levels of knowledge,” Lowy Institute executive director Allan Gyngell said. “There are high levels of both ignorance and suspicion on both sides as well.”

The institute also polled a similar number of Indonesians and found that about two-thirds thought Australia had a tendency to try to interfere in Indonesian affairs and was trying to separate Papua province from Indonesia. Despite the scepticism and lack of knowledge, most of those polled in both places thought it was very important for the two countries to work to develop a close relationship.

Do you consider Indonesia to be a threat to Australia? Email your thoughts to editor@australiantimes.co.uk.

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