1) Navy's school visit 'wrong'
2) Furore over school visit
3) Air transportation subsidy in Intan Jaya reaches Rp 11b
4) Australia, US Spied on Indonesia During UN Talks: Report
1) Navy's school visit 'wrong'
ALISON BEVEGE | November 2nd, 2013
AN OUTRAGED Senator will raise a motion in Parliament condemning a recent Indonesian military marching band tour of Territory schools.
Indonesian training ship KRI Dewaruci sent a marching band into Darwin High School, Darwin Middle School and St John's College while it docked in Darwin on its way home from Perth.
The sailors performed and mingled with students, taking photos without parental knowledge or consent.
Darwin High School principal Trevor Read said it was a cultural and language learning experience and parental permission was not required as staff had supervised students.
But Senator John Madigan of the Democratic Labor Party said the military was using the schools for propaganda, with pictures and video later uploaded on social media.
"It's giving them some respectability with school children. Why are we giving them respectability?'' he said.
The move is controversial because unlike the Australian military, the Indonesian military has been involved in human rights abuses for which they have not been held accountable.
The Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission revealed in a report last week that the Indonesian military had killed thousands of people in West Papua in 1977 including by aerial strafing and napalm bombing.
The report said they inflicted unspeakable horrors on indigenous West Papuans including slicing them with razors, throwing them into wells and boiling them alive.
Indonesia, which annexed West Papua in 1969, has never recognised the mass killings. The unrest continues to this day.
In June 2012 Indonesian soldiers attacked a West Papuan village, stabbing dozens of people with bayonets and burning buildings according to Amnesty International's 2013 regional report.
Mr Madigan said the Labor party and the Coalition joined forces to appease Indonesia when sensitive topics are raised.
Australia officially supports Indonesian rule in the disputed province.
The Victorian senator brought a condolence motion last year to honour Darwin refugee advocate Vikki Riley who died while riding her bike to visit detainees.
The major parties voted it down because Ms Riley supported a free West Papua campaign.
"I was told to remove those words (West Papua) and they would let it through,'' Mr Madigan said.
Mr Madigan said he would put a motion before the Senate and would raise the issue in question time.
"I'm quite confident Nick Xenophon will support it and the Greens will support it,'' he said.
2) Furore over school visit
ALISON BEVEGE | October 28th, 2013
Indonesian military marching band has been to three Darwin high schools without parents' knowledge or permission. Pictures: ST JOHNS COLLEGE FACEBOOK PAGE
The Indonesian warship KRI Dewa Ruci sent naval officers in uniform to Darwin High School, Darwin Middle School and St Johns Catholic College for a marching band performance after docking in Darwin.
Photos were taken without parental permission.
Some students were from West Papua, a region where the Indonesian military has recently been involved in human rights abuses.
Parent John Logan, who has a son in Year 11 at Darwin High, said he was disgusted.
"This is not a cultural group," he said.
"ABDUL, get your facts straight my friend. There were NAVAL CADETS (not Army) doing a Dance, Music and Acrobats display at 3 High School GROUNDS (not classes). The whole forum has gone way off course spreading propaganda. It should go along the path of SCHOOLS...AND if you take that into perspective you will know that Naval or other Cadets have not long finished DISCIPLINED Family Life, School and a perhaps a bit of Uni. for the past 22 years.Somethings our lives lack. " Enjay
The Indonesian Consulate organised the visit in conjunction with language teachers at the schools.
Indonesian consul Ade Padmo Sarwono asked the navy to promote Indonesia while in Darwin and said he would ask for more visits next year.
"If the navy are here we want to invite the Indonesian navy to meet students," he said.
Human rights law professor and Jesuit priest Frank Brennan urged caution on allowing any military except Australia's in any school.
"Particularly when it comes to the Indonesian military," he said.
Department of Education executive director Allan Baillie said the visit was not a promotion of the Indonesian military but an opportunity for students to practise Indonesian language, listen to Indonesian music and participate in Indonesian dances.
He said parental permission was not sought because staff had supervised students.
"This protocol is observed irrespective of the cultural group visiting the schools," he said.
Mr Baillie would not say whether or not the military would be allowed in to Government schools in future, instead saying: "School visits to broaden the cultural awareness of schoolchildren will always be encouraged".
But NT Director of Catholic Education Michael Avery said his office would reserve judgement on future dealings.
The US State Department describes human rights as a "friction point" between the US and Indonesia.
Amnesty International's 2013 regional report states that Indonesian soldiers attacked a West Papuan village in June, stabbing dozens of people with bayonets and burning buildings.
Indonesian soldiers also tortured two West Papuan men during a 2010 interrogation.
Sydney Peace Foundation chairman Professor Stuart Rees said the display was not appropriate.
"It's a technique of trying to pretend everything is normal when it is not," he said.
"That an Australian educational institution allowed the Indonesian military to parade their wares before school children ... It's offensive in my opinion."