You are cordially invited to a talk to be given by Mr Frank Mount, entitled, 'Indonesia, 2004: The Year of the Elections'. Frank is the editor of the Asia Pacific Report and a past speaker at PWHCE functions. He has over thirty years experience reporting on Southeast Asian politics and retains an extensive network of contacts in Indonesia, including Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, one of the two remaining presidential candidates in September's run-off election.
This year is vital to the consolidation of democracy in Indonesia. As Australia's largest and most populous neighbour and a crucial front in the War on Terror, Indonesia's continued well-being is very important to Australia.
The talk will be held :-
at 6:30pm, on Wednesday 25th August 2004
at Bell's Hotel and Brewery
157 Moray Street South Melbourne
(Corner of Coventry Street)
Melway ref:- 2K E1
The hotel management would be appreciative if guests availed themselves of the opportunity to purchase a meal and/or drinks at the bar between 6:30 pm and 7:00pm. The talk will commence at 7:30 PM in the upstairs function room.
Indonesia's first direct, two-candidate Presidential election in history, this September, marks a turning point in Indonesia's transition from a disparate state held together by authoritarianism to a democratic nation state. Its impact on our region will therefore go beyond the immediate five year presidential term. Frank's talk offers a unique opportunity to hear an informed and interesting insight into both Indonesia's present and future. As always, there will be ample opportunity to ask questions and make comments at the conclusion of the talk.