The second event was a story in last weekend's Good Weekend magazine that West Papuan children were being trafficked out of the Christian-majority province to Java to be educated in Islamic boarding schools.
That news is potentially explosive in a country rife with religious suspicion and a growing undertow of bullying Islam, but it came as news to most Indonesians. Some, Christian and Muslim alike, reacted with alarm online, but the official reaction has been to try to avoid reacting at all.
The event that really made a splash was when exiled independence leader Benny Wenda opened a new campaign office in Britain. He rented a space, held an opening ceremony and invited the lord mayor of Oxford to attend.
However, for that event the full might of the Indonesian state swung into action. The British ambassador was ''called in'' to explain himself to the Indonesian Foreign Minister, Marty Natalegawa. Comments were made by MPs. Protesters held placards saying, ''UK support [free Papua] Indonesian support IRA''. An earnest opinion piece discussed the best way to ''isolate Benny Wenda'', a man who has already been chased from his country under threat of death and had a bogus Interpol arrest warrant - since overturned - issued against him by Indonesia.
The explanation to Natalegawa by British Foreign Secretary William Hague followed the form that we're familiar with from politicians around the western world, including Australia: ''We respect the territorial integrity of Indonesia … We regard Papua as being part of Indonesia.''
That, though, did not wash with one influential politician, Hajriyanto Thohari. It's worth quoting him at length, because rarely has the elite view of this subject been expressed so baldly.
''We often hear that, officially, international leaders … say they're supportive, that Papua is part of Indonesia. But look at the case of the exit of East Timor from Indonesia in the old days, how much the western nations said they supported our sovereignty. But along the way, due to the interference of foreign nations, the province was lost.
''The West is always like that; you can't trust them completely.''
Hajriyanto is the deputy speaker of the national parliament and from the Golkar party, which is part of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's governing coalition and the former vehicle for president Suharto.
With views like that, it's clear Papua will not be an easy subject for Australia any time soon.