Multiculturalism

Explainer: the evidence for the Tasmanian genocide

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At a public meeting in Hobart in the late 1830s, Solicitor-General Alfred Stephen, later Chief Justice of New South Wales, shared with the assembled crowd his solution for dealing with “the Aboriginal problem”. Kristyn Harman The Conversation If the colony could not protect its convict servants from Aboriginal attack “without extermination”, said Stephen, “then I say boldly and broadly exterminate!” Voluminous written and archaeological records and oral histories provide irrefutable proof that colonial wars were fought on Australian soil between ... Read More »

None but the Lonely Heart

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fortyfivedownstairs Recital Blurb: Melbourne-born Greek-Cypriot Australian soprano, Christiana Aloneftis, is coming home to perform with one of Australia’s finest collaborative pianists, David Barnard, an eclectic and exciting program of Debussy, Donizetti, Verdi, Rimsky-korsakov, Dvořák, Rachmaninoff and much more. Currently based in Paris, the young soprano has been described by Joyce DiDonato (The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall) as having ‘an exceptionally warm, expressive soprano voice…. She performs with poise and graceful, nuanced phrasing’. None but the Lonely Heart, is a ... Read More »

Romanian PM’s execution comment sparks spat with Hungary

Romania's Prime Minister Mihai Tudose arrives to speak to the press after a meeting at the PSD party's headquarters in Bucharest on October 10, 2017. 
Romanian Prime Minister Tudose and Social Democrat leader Dragnea reached an agreement on October 12, 2017 on a cabinet reshuffle, avoiding a new political crisis three months after the overthrow of the previous left-wing government. / AFP PHOTO / DANIEL MIHAILESCU        (Photo credit should read DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP/Getty Images)

Mihai Tudose suggested that ethnic Hungarians be hanged for seeking autonomy. Carmen Paun Politico Tensions are running high between Budapest and Bucharest after the Romanian prime minister made a veiled threat to hang members of the country’s Hungarian minority. On Monday, three Hungarian minority parties signed a resolution calling for autonomy for the Romanian region of Szeklerland, in which ethnic Hungarians are a majority. In response, Mihai Tudose said on a late night TV show on Wednesday that “if the flag of the Székely community will wave ... Read More »

‘Proven to work’: scheme tackling alcoholism helps keep young offenders out of jail

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At one time Domac Gile-Lul was drinking four litres of wine a day Experts say the program that rescued him saves lives Charlotte Grieve The Guardian “I’ve been very stressed. I’m very relieved that it’s all over. I know it was my fault.” Domac Gile-Lul was told he will not be going to jail and his debt of more than $7,300 in infringement notices has been wiped. It was his fifth driving offence, this time driving without a licence. “You’ve ... Read More »

‘We’re not a gang’: the unfair stereotyping of African-Australians

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Media reports about crimes committed by ‘African gangs’ have led to increased scrutiny of Melbourne’s Sudanese community by Calla Wahlquist The Guardian It’s just after 6.30pm at the Ross Reserve in Noble Park in Melbourne’s outer south-eastern suburbs, and players from the Sandown Lions Football Club are arriving for training. They train three times a week, even during the off season. Each arrival is greeted with a round of handshakes and a wary glance at our camera. During a week in… ... Read More »

Israel: African migrants told to leave or face imprisonment

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The Israeli government has issued a notice for thousands of African migrants to leave the country or face imprisonment BBC The migrants will be given up to $3,500 (£2,600) for leaving within the next 90 days. They will be given the option of going to their home country or third countries. If they do not leave, the Israeli authorities have threatened that they will start jailing them from April. The UN refugee agency said the controversial plan violated international and ... Read More »

The Roma are yet again scapegoats for society’s ills

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Lurid claims of child sexual abuse have emerged just as they are becoming free of the grip of predatory landlords Kevin McKenna The Guardian In Govanhill, a little network of streets and avenues on Glasgow’s South Side, the besmirching of another immigrant community is in full spate. A century ago, it was the poor Irish, fleeing famine and persecution by the British government, who were being demonised. Now it’s the turn of the Roma people. Britain’s largest concentration of Roma ... Read More »

The future of multiculturalism in Australia

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Australia likes to pride itself on being one of the most successful multicultural countries in the world — it’s a statement you hear often by politicians of all persuasions. ABC RN But what does it truly mean and is it something that we can indeed lay claim too?  (view full episode) Fethi Mansouri is the director of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, which has released a report on its Doing Diversity Project exploring attitudes towards multiculturalism. And ... Read More »

Australia still embraces multiculturalism but fracture lines are deepening

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Scanlon Foundation Mapping Social Cohesion Report finds ugly discrimination is on the rise, and we no longer listen to political leaders David Marr Australia is a decent country where ugly discrimination is on the rise The Guardian We’re no longer listening when our leaders urge us to face down bigots in the interest of calm and good sense. Most of us embrace life in the new multiethnic Australia, but the constituency of those hostile to race is steadily growing. That ... Read More »

How spending time in city parks helps asylum seekers to feel at home

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Across Europe, unprecedented numbers of asylum seekers are currently waiting for a decision on their refugee status Dominika Blachnicka-Ciacek Clare Rishbeth  Unable to legally work or study, and with very limited funds, many of them feel as though they’re in a state of limbo; like their lives have been put on hold. The Conversation With shrinking public sector funding, there are even fewer resources available to help asylum seekers in this position. But now, new research shows that urban parks ... Read More »

Pat Dodson’s emotional tribute to Jacqui Lambie addressed the deeply-seated problems with the Australian Constitution

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Senator Pat Dodson has paid tribute to Jacqui Lambie in the Senate following her resignation By Claudianna Blanco Source: NITV News SBS Like many others, Western Australian Labor Senator Pat Dodson stood up in Parliament today to farewell Jacqui Lambie, who resigned from the Senate after British authorities confirmed she is a UK dual citizen, as her father was born in… But unlike others, Mr Dodson’s remarks came from a different place. The ‘Father of Reconciliation’ took the opportunity to point out ... Read More »

‘We are not very caring’: Michelle de Kretser on Australian society

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In her new novel The Life to Come, the Miles Franklin-winning author critiques Australia’s character, and the boom that made us bad Brigid Delaney The Guardian Children of Australia’s long boom – who travel the world only to complain about lack of good coffee, who signal virtue by retweeting an asylum seeker story, who couldn’t imagine living in a house with only one bathroom, who are “really into food” – may find Michelle de Kretser’s new book an uncomfortable read. ... Read More »

Why Australia’s small businesses are hiring migrants

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About 42 cents of every dollar on average spent at a small business is reinvested back into the local community, new research shows. Rashida Yosufzai SBS A new survey has found almost half of every dollar spent at a small business is reinvested back into the local community. The survey also shows more than a quarter of small business owners say foreign workers drive innovation within their business. Twenty six per cent of small business owners polled in the independent ... Read More »

Western philosophy is racist

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Academic philosophy in ‘the West’ ignores and disdains the thought traditions of China, India and Africa. This must change Bryan W Van Norden  Aeon Essays Mainstream philosophy in the so-called West is narrow-minded, unimaginative, and even xenophobic. I know I am levelling a serious charge. But how else can we explain the fact that the rich philosophical traditions of China, India, Africa, and the Indigenous peoples of the Americas are completely ignored by almost all philosophy departments in both Europe ... Read More »

Corbyn to skip Balfour centennial dinner with Netanyahu

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Emily Thornberry to attend event in Labour leader’s absence; Israeli envoy to UK brands opponents of declaration ‘extremists’ Alexander Fulbright The Times of Israel UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has reportedly declined to attend a dinner in London this week with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, which pledged Britain’s support for a Jewish national… Although no reason was given for Corbyn’s decision to skip the event, which was reported by the Sunday ... Read More »

Will anyone protect the Rohingya?

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Since August, the Rohingya, an ethnic minority in Myanmar, has faced what a United Nations official called “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” Vincent A. Auger  The Conversation Recent reports describe a campaign by Myanmar security forces to drive the Rohingya from the country permanently. Hundreds of thousands have fled to camps in neighboring Bangladesh, creating a new refugee crisis. This is exactly the type of atrocity that the United Nations vowed to combat in 2005, when it asserted a ... Read More »