A video recording of the Perspectives:Asia seminar ‘Insights Indonesia’ seminar is now available on our Perspectives:Asia event website.
George Roberts, Journalist, ABC News Queensland spoke at the 28 April, 2016 Perspectives:Asia seminar that is co-hosted by the Australian Centre of Asia Pacific Art (ACAPA) Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art and the Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University.
2016 represents 70 years of Australian journalists reporting from Indonesia. George shared anecdotes from his time reporting on one of the most turbulent times of the Australia-Indonesia relationship, and how he sees this recurrent volatility in the relationship and its future prospects for the region.
After a brief stint working in Indonesia in 2011, George Roberts was appointed ABC’s Indonesia correspondent in Jakarta (2012 to 2015). During this time, he covered some of the most significant tensions in the country’s relationship with Australia including asylum seeker boat tragedies and the Australian government’s boat turn-backs, the fallout from revelations of Australian spying, as well as the 2014 presidential election and the execution of two Australian drug smugglers.
Prior to this post he covered Federal Politics for ABC Radio and TV in Canberra, was a multimedia reporter in the Sydney newsroom and was western Sydney reporter for ABC Radio and TV News. He’s also been a radio news presenter and producer for both ABC News and triple j.
Perspectives:Asia seminar series is a program of public seminars designed to explore issues of contemporary culture, politics and society in our region, while also fostering public discussion of Australia’s relations with Asia. The series now in its’ twelfth year is co-hosted by the Australian Centre of Asia Pacific Art (ACAPA) Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art and the Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University.