Multiculturalism

UK government ‘risks another Windrush’ over EU citizens, MPs say

The government runs the risk of another Windrush scandal if “serious concerns” about its EU settlement scheme are not addressed, MPs have said. BBC The Commons Home Affairs Committee said technical issues had “blighted” the scheme, with some struggling to navigate the online application system. It said people who have lived for years in the UK could face uncertainty over their rights and eligibility to remain. But the Home Office said the scheme was “performing well”. It had “taken… UK ... Read More »

Which Euroskeptic parties have the most momentum?

League and Brexit Party surge, but there was mixed news for France’s National Rally. By RYAN HEATH, CORNELIUS HIRSCH AND FRANCESCO PICCINELLI Politico Coverage of the European Parliament election often focuses on the 2019 results. But in this graphic we have added the context of 2014 results, to more accurately represent whether a national party has positive momentum. Overall, Euroskeptic parties are on an upward trend, but the picture varies from country to country, and sometimes within a country. In the Czech Republic ... Read More »

Ken Wyatt sworn in as minister for Indigenous Australians in historic first

In a historic first, an Aboriginal man has been sworn in as minister for Indigenous Australians. Source : AAP – SBS Noongar man Ken Wyatt has made history by being the first Aboriginal person to be sworn in as minister for Indigenous Australians. Mr Wyatt, the member for the West Australian seat of Hasluck, received a rapturous applause as he was sworn in on Wednesday as the first Aboriginal person to take on the Indigenous Affairs portfolio in cabinet. “Can ... Read More »

‘A lot of wrongs to repair’: Justice Michael Kirby calls for national bill of rights

As a high court judge for more than 30 years Michael Kirby knows the law – and he’s using his expertise to call for a national bill of rights. Gloria Kalache SBS A former high court judge has called for Australia to adopt a national bill of human rights. Michael Kirby argues the country has a less than perfect record in protecting the rights of minorities and believes a national bill of rights could make the difference. “We’ve had a lot ... Read More »

WA police stations to fly Aboriginal flag permanently

Aboriginal flags will be raised at all WA police stations and remain there permanently to symbolise the force’s commitment to reconciliation, Chris Dawson says. AAP – SBS Aboriginal flags will be flown permanently at all West Australian police stations as part the force’s Reconciliation Action Plan to improve relations with indigenous people. Commissioner Chris Dawson said it was an important symbolic move to show “we mean what we say”. “I want them to see respect, I want them to know ... Read More »

Why an Indigenous Voice would not be ‘third chamber’ of Parliament

At Uluru in 2017, Indigenous Australians made clear that the kind of constitutional recognition they wanted was a living and continuing recognition, rather than mere words on a page of a… Anne Twomey The Sydney Morning Herald They called for recognition through an ongoing voice to Parliament about the laws and policies that affect them. In rejecting this proposal, one claim by the government was that this would be discriminatory and contrary to principles of equality because it would give ... Read More »

In graphics: How Europe voted

Explore the EU election through 5 graphs and charts. The European election resulted in a fragmented European Parliament where the traditional big two groups, the center-right European People’s Party (EPP) and the center-left Socialists & Democrats (S&D), lost ground and Euroskeptics made gains. By HANNA PAWELEC AND FRANCESCO PICCINELLI Politico Here are the latest results and estimates. Click on the graphic to explore more. Results The European Parliament election is also 28 national elections. Drill down into each national vote with the ... Read More »

A night at the opera: art comes alive in a modern twist on Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims

In 1864, four years before his death, Italian composer Gioachino Rossini recalled to his biographer Alexis Azevedo that he would probably have ended up a “chemist or an olive oil salesman” had it not been for the French invasion of Italy. Peter Tregear The Conversation That invasion had begun in 1792, the year of Rossini’s birth. By 1797, Napoleon Bonaparte had established the short-lived Cisalpine Republic in Northern Italy, in turn raising hopes a unified Italian state might soon emerge. ... Read More »

Voice will end cycle of instability

The process that led to the Uluru Statement From the Heart and the proposal to amend the Australian constitution to enshrine a First Nations Voice to Parliament was a watershed moment in Australian history. Megan Davis The Sydney Morning Herald For the first time in our living memory, a representative group of Australia’s First Nations people met in the heart of Australia at Uluru on May 26, 2017, and agreed to endorse a sequence of reforms aimed at doing what ... Read More »

Are milkshakes the new politics of resistance?

‘The flinging of milkshakes represents a frustration with traditional media’s failure to hold the far right to account’ Stewart Lee The Guardian Wouldn’t it be wonderful to hear what would be said at our own funeral? When Michael Gove attends next month’s An Evening With Michael Gove, at Westminster’s Emmanuel Centre, the… An enterprising promoter should reboot the night as Michael Gove – This Is Your Life, the vengeful foundling wearing a little girl’s party dress, and crying hot tears ... Read More »

Jews are at risk in Germany, says Jewish Council

Germany’s central Jewish council has weighed in on the anti-Semitism debate, saying the security situation for Jews has “deteriorated” in major cities. Israeli President Rivlin has expressed concern over the situation. Deutsche Welle Josef Schuster, the head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, told the Welt am Sonntagnewspaper that the security situation for Jews in the country has worsened in the past few years. “On the whole I don’t tend to dramatize, but the situation has by and large ... Read More »

Sorry Day is about empathy

OPINION: On this National Day of Healing, let’s recognise that starting point of ‘sorry’. Empathy is a virtue vital for Australians to reach reconciliation, writes Luke Briscoe. By Luke Briscoe Source:NITV News SBS Unless you were a complete angel as a child, all of us have memories of being told to apologise to someone at some point. But sometimes, saying ‘sorry’ just wasn’t enough. I realised this one day when I looked a schoolmate straight in the eye, internalising how he ... Read More »

Watch: Theresa May Admits Failure, Announces Resignation in Emotional Address

Theresa May announced the end of her turbulent three-year reign as U.K. prime minister, saying she would resign as leader of the Conservative Party on June 7. Brendan Cole Newsweek In a tearful speech on the steps of 10 Downing Street, May said she had done her best to honor the result of the 2016 EU referendum. She described her tenure as the U.K.’s second female premier as being “the honor of my life.” With her voice audibly cracking, she ... Read More »

I feel free: Lawyer Nyadol Nyuon’s journey from horror to hope

Nyadol Nyuon is a commercial litigator at the prestigious Melbourne law firm, Arnold Bloch Leibler. She was born in the Itang refugee camp in Ethiopia, in 1987. Hannie Rayson WAtoday When Nyuon was four years old, there was conflict in Ethiopia. Her mother gave birth to her little sister, Nyanhial, and just two weeks later the family was forced to walk back to South Sudan. Her mother carried the baby in a bucket on her head. That journey took 40 ... Read More »

‘Vote in your own country’: EU citizens tell of UK poll chaos

Admin errors mean people are being denied right to vote at European election polling booths Emma Graham-Harrison The Guardian EU citizens in the UK are being denied their democratic right to vote in the European elections because of administrative errors by local councils. EU nationals across the country have been reporting that they arrived at polling booths only to find their names crossed out with officials confirming they were not eligible to vote. Astrid Hampe-Nathaniel, a German and Italian citizen, who has lived in ... Read More »

Murder of 86-Year-Old Greek Christian in alleged hate crime puts spotlight on Turkey’s ethnic cleansing

The island of Imbros was once home to an ancient Athenian colony, and had more than 5,000 Greeks living on it as late as 1960 Today there are less than 300 Greeks on the island, the rest having been persecuted in a relentless campaign of ‘Turkification’ Zafiris Pinaris was hog-tied and tortured to death earlier this month in a murder local authorities have not commented on An 86-year-old ethnic-Greek citizen of Turkey, Zafiris Pinaris, was found murdered in his home on ... Read More »