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Australia Indonesia Institute Annual Report 2002-03

Islamic Leaders’ Visits


KH Hasyim Muzadi, Cardinal Darmaatmadja and Prof Yewangoe were received by the Governer-General, Dr Peter Hollingworth during their visit to Australia

The Institute extended the range of Australian contacts with senior Indonesian Islamic leaders by sponsoring visit programs in Australia for the leaders of one of the two largest Islamic organisations in Indonesia and by a leading Indonesian Islamic scholar and possible presidential candidate.

The Institute and DFAT cooperated to sponsor a visit by KH Hasyim Muzadi, the leader of the largest Islamic organisation in Indonesia, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), and a group of senior NU officials and Christian leaders in February 2003. The group developed new contacts with leading Australian Islamic and Christian representatives and with community and political representatives, including the Governor-General.

The Institute and DFAT again cooperated to provide a program of calls on prominent Government and community representatives for Prof Dr Nurcholish Madjid, a prominent Indonesian Islamic scholar and a possible presidential candidate at the 2004 elections. This program was organised as an extension of a planned visit to Australia by Prof Madjid to deliver the 33rd Annual Asian Studies Lecture at Flinders University and included meetings with the Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and a public presentation to the Australian Institute of International Affairs.

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