Yesterday the Lowy Institute hosted* one of our regular 'mini update' conferences on Indonesia, and I got the chance to talk with two of the speakers, Jason Alford from the Australian Treasury and Moekti Soejachmoen from the Support for Economic Analysis Development in Indonesia (SEADI) project.

Jason and Moekti gave a generally upbeat assessment of the Indonesian economy, though it included this rather striking graph (above), which shows the strain put on Indonesian government spending by fuel subsidies, even after the cuts announced earlier this year. Keep in mind, though, as Moekti says in the interview, the figure for health spending does not include spending by local governments.

* More accurately, co-hosted, with the Australian National University's Indonesia Project.