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Memento : Issue 18
? famous 4 Written by Karl Metcalf, a former officer of the Archives, Near Neighbours: Records on Australia's Relations with Indonesia traces the history of Indonesia from the declaration of independence after years of Dutch rule to the invasion of East Timor in 1975. Most of the records described in the guide are from the departments of External Affairs (now Foreign Affairs and Trade), Defence and Immigration, many of them previously classified top secret. They tell a fascinating tale of intrigue and rebellion, diplomacy and bluff, and provide insight into the complex events that led to the creation of modern Indonesia. These records are now available for public access, including those concerned with the deaths of five Australia-based journalists in Balibo, East Timor in 1975. Near Neighbours was launched at the Indonesian Council Open Conference at the University of Melbourne in July by Professor Tony Reid. A former president of the Asian Studies Association of Australia, Professor Reid has written extensively on Indonesian history, particularly on the 1945 revolution. This guide is an essential resource for anyone interested in Australian--Indonesian relations from the end of World War II to the 1970s. It is available for $10.00 (plus $3.50 postage) by phoning Publications Sales on (02) 6212 3609, emailing email@example.com or visiting any of our offices. It is also available online on our website at www.naa.gov.au. Across the Timor Sea memento september 2001 Our latest research guide delves into the complex and sometimes strained relationship Australia shares with Indonesia, its most populous and powerful neighbour. President Sukarno introducing one of his daughters, Sukmawati Sukarnoputri, to Sir Robert and Dame Pattie Menzies, Indonesia, 1959. This is the question the Australian Bureau of Statistics asked all Australians in the lead-up to the 2001 census. This year, you may have chosen to have your census details saved for 99 years. The Bureau's new disposal authority will make sure that your wishes -- either to keep or to destroy your census information -- are met. The disposal authority governs which records are kept and for how long. Apart from census information, key policy records will be kept to ensure a full history of ABS decision-making is available in the future. Future researchers will also be able to access a rich collection of statistical data on the Australian population, tourism, transport, trade, health and education. Essential technical information, such as the masters of collection forms and statistical classifications, will also be kept so that the data is meaningful and can be interpreted by future generations. The new disposal authority will enable the ABS to manage all their records more effectively, saving on storage space by disposing of records when they are no longer needed. And we all know it's easier to find the interesting information when the everyday stuff is out of the way! Want to be famous? NAA: AA1972/341, 0088