The reason cited for Australia's exclusion is that: “Australia applies a universal visa policy, which requires all people coming to Australia to possess a visa, including Indonesians. Therefore, a reciprocity principle applies here in Indonesia.”
Perhaps, but there may be more than a little bit of statecraft going on behind the scenes with this exclusion.
Though it's unlikely that the $35 tariff is going to dry up Bali soon. No doubt the Kuta nightlife will be filled with happy-go-lucky, Southern-Cross touting, Aussie Bintang-Swillers for some time to come.
Despite their exclusion, the new rule is going to open up the country to the world, and we can show off what this country truly offers.