Australasia

In the line of fire – from racists

Racism - Brisbane

On a Wednesday evening at a local bar in Kansas, Indian software engineers Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani were chatting over their customary after-work whiskies. Sharon Verghis Brisbane Times Another patron, Adam W. Purinton, a Navy veteran, 51, started hurling racial slurs at the pair. Purinton was tossed out by security, but returned and fired on the two men. Kuchibhotla, 32, was… In the line… Read More »

Pauline Hanson’s Muslim ban ‘what terrorists want’, says Turnbull

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Terrorists’ objective is ‘to get broader society to turn on Muslims at large’, says PM after One Nation leader calls for… Australian Associated Press The Guardian The prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has suggested Queensland senator Pauline Hanson is doing what Islamist terrorists want by promoting a Muslim… The prime minister was critical of the… Pauline Hanson’s Muslim… Read More »

We are all chained to policies that are toxic and inhuman. History will judge us

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In this foreword to They Cannot Take the Sky – Stories of Detention, Christos Tsiolkas writes of the destructive national debate about asylum… Christos Tsiolkas The Guardian We read for pleasure and we read for knowledge. And there are some books we read because we must, for in not reading them we are in danger of not understanding our world and… We are all… Read More »

Ethnic minority and legal groups concerned over Racial Discrimination Act changes

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‘We were not aware the existing provisions have had anything in the nature of a chilling effect on freedom of speech,’ Senate inquiry… Gabrielle Chan The Guardian Ethnic and legal groups including the Human Rights Commission, the Law Council of Australia and the Human Rights Law Centre have raised serious concerns over the… Ethnic minority and… Read More »

Australia moves to weaken hate speech laws

Free speech - Asia Times

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s attempt to water down language in discrimination law sparks debate on freedom versus tolerance John Power Asia Times A push by the Australian government to water down controversial hate speech laws has highlighted tensions between freedom of speech and racial harmony in one of the Asia-Pacific’s most multicultural nations. Prime Minister Malcolm… Australia moves to… Read More »

Whinge industry has played racial discrimination law like a fiddle

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Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, of which the late, great, Bill Leak fell foul, is not merely a law. Gary Johns On Line Opinion It is, first and foremost, a piece of public policy. As public policy… Whinge industry has… Read More »

The Tip Of An Iceberg: Engineered Indifference, Systematic Dehumanisation

Opinion - New Matilda

Bureaucracies the world over have in-built cruelties, something which Palestinians in particular know all about, writes Professor Stuart Rees. Stuart Rees New Matilda The humiliation experienced by the citizens of many countries occurs in encounters with officials who represent bureaucracies. When inquiring about… The Tip Of… Read More »

Top class! Free speech is a fundamental right … but only for the ruling Right

Free speech - ia

Any debate about free speech in our society is really about free speech for the ruling class. John Passant Independent Australia Capitalism is built and maintained on the denial of free speech to the working class, among other things. US citizen Rupert… Top class! Free… Read More »

London terrorist attack: Western cities will always be vulnerable to these attacks

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Just when the Western world had absorbed the shock of a truck attack in Berlin in December that claimed 12 lives, it is reminded again of the dangers of “lone-wolf” attacks inspired by Islamic State (IS) that are almost impossible to guard against. Tony Walker ABC When a sole attacker drove randomly across London’s Westminster Bridge towards the Houses of Parliament — one of the most trafficked thoroughfares in the Western world — killing and maiming innocent bystanders, it served ... Read More »

Interculturalism: how diverse societies can do better than passive tolerance

People - The COnversation

Western liberal democracies are again embroiled in debates about the value of multicultural policies. Glenda Ballantyne and Amrita Malhi The Conversation In Australia, the federal government has just released its own statement on multiculturalism. The current debates… Interculturalism: how diverse… Read More »

‘We’re all human beings’: Harmony Day celebrated across the country

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Australians have marked Harmony Day with events highlighting the nation’s cultural diversity across the country. SBS Harmony Day is celebrated on the same day as the annual United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. To mark the… ‘We’re all human… Read More »

Section 18C: What’s all the fuss and why does it matter?

18C - ABC

18C? Never heard of it? Stan Grant ABC Means nothing to you? You’re not alone…. Section 18C: What’s… Read More »

How homophobia hurts workers and businesses

Homophobia - ABC

Homophobia is costly to workers and the businesses that employ them, research shows. Raymond Trau ABC Unfortunately, it’s still prevalent in Australia and the latest lobbying from 34 business leaders for marriage equality emphasises the need for it to be addressed both within and outside the workplace. It’s little wonder… How homophobia hurts… Read More »

Cashless Cards And Rising Crime: An Intervention That Keeps On Giving

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Facing electoral annihilation and media pressure, the Howard Government launched an unprecedented assault on Aboriginal rights and communities. Rachel Siewert New Matilda A decade on, Senator Rachel Siewert says the federal government is still hiding behind its failures. I’ll never forget… Cashless Cards And… Read More »

Multicultural Australia – united, strong, successful

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Australia is the most successful multicultural society in the world. Department of Social Services (Australia) Australian Policy Online We are as old as our First Australians, the oldest continuing human culture on earth, who have cared for this country for more than 50,000 years. And we are… Multicultural Australia – united… Read More »

‘Carbon neutral’ forest resource grab: A corporate detour in climate change race

Forests - IA

The Coalition Government can’t resist the logging industry, subsidising the destruction of forests as “carbon neutral” at the expense of pesky wind, solar or other annoying competitors. Frances Pike Independent Australia SUBSTITUTING wood biomass, burning it with coal and calling it “renewable energy” just because trees regrow, doesn’t make it carbon neutral. Instantly the combustion… ‘Carbon neutral’ forest… Read More »