First, dependence on Australian live cattle, boxed beef and wheat imports greatly undermines Indonesia’s food security. Bilateral trade in this area rests on a fragile foundation. Indonesia continues to find itself held hostage to Canberra’s quasi-tribal domestic politics. Indonesia is often treated merely as a rhetorical device whose interests and insecurities deserve neither consideration nor consultation. Jakarta’s growing reluctance to steadily continue, let alone expand, its trade with Canberra is the result of numerous precedents of perceived Australian unfairness toward Indonesia.
(Pierre Marthinus, Jakarta Post 18August 2015)