MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
28 May 1999
Australian Observers To Assist Indonesian Elections
I am pleased to announce that Senator Alan Ferguson will lead a 25-strong Australian observer delegation to the Indonesian general elections, to take place on 7 June. The observer mission is an integral part of Australia's commitment to assisting the conduct of a successful general election - one which shows every sign of being the freest and fairest in Indonesia since 1955.
In sending observers Australia does not intend to stand in judgement of Indonesia during the election. The issue of the fairness and acceptability of the elections will be, primarily, for the Indonesian people to judge.
The outcome will have immense implications for Indonesia's economic and political stabilisation and recovery. Australia's commitment to help is made in this context. To this end we have now provided $15 million in electoral assistance including:
The Australian delegation will work closely with, and provide support and confidence to, domestic election observers. It will comprise 11 Members of Parliament drawn from both the Government and Opposition, one Senator-elect, 11 officials and two other observers. They will be located mainly in eastern Indonesia in Surabaya, Malang, Lombok, Kupang and Balikpapan.
In addition to the
11 officials, former ALP Senator, Mr Stephen Loosley, and Mr
Vince Woolcock, adviser to Mr Tuckey MP, will also participate
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