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Wednesday 20th of June 2018 (UTC)

Suresh Rajan

For the sake of a fairer society, Suresh Rajan joins Australian Republican movement

It’s been many a year since I reviewed my position in so far as an Australian republic is concerned. I know that from my arrival here 43 years ago I have always felt extremely uneasy about the fact that the ultimate arbiter of my government, status and future lay in the hands of someone who […]

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Healthcare should not leave people behind

We, as a nation, have always prided ourselves on the quality, accessibility and affordability of our health system. Particularly when we make comparisons to the cost of the system in places such as America etc, we come out looking particularly strong. The Health Department makes the following statements on its website: Australia’s health system is […]

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The Minister of Immigration might as well be the Minister for Discrimination

Over the last five or six years I have written extensively about the sheer discrimination that is present in our migration system here in Australia. That discrimination is not on the basis of race (that is another angle altogether – visions of White Australia policy come to mind) but the articles I have written go […]

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Suresh Rajan calls out Peter Dutton

No, Mr Dutton, you are not entitled to your own facts! “We just need to call it for what it is. Of course it’s African gang violence.” And “people are scared to go out to restaurants of a night time because they are followed home by these gangs”. Those are the words of Minister Peter […]

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The battle to end slavery

When we think of slavery we think of the African American struggle in the United States. We think of ancient civilisations that disenfranchised people and exploited them for their labour and treated them harshly and inappropriately. We imagine a world where a caste system such as exists in India is manipulated to treat human beings […]

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Let us do the right by international students and not just benefit from their student fees

In recent days the Twitterverse of the Premier Mark McGowan and his Education Minister Sue Ellery have been extolling the advantages that we stand to gain from the sales pitch that they have undertaken in China to attract foreign students to Western Australia. I applaud the efforts of the Minister and the Premier in recognising […]

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I am the mother the Australian Government would rather forget

How do you follow a start to an article that says the following? From the Sydney Morning Herald comes this paragraph: “I am the mother that the Australian government would rather forget. My daughter Mia was killed in a stabbing attack almost a year ago in a backpacker hostel in far north Queensland, while she […]

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The abrogation of humanity and commonsense – Manus, Nauru, Refugees

Today 31st October 2017, the Australian government descends even further into complete abrogation of any principles of humanity when they close the Manus Detention Centre. Let’s look back at the history of this detention centre. Here is a timeline that was prepared by SBS: “THE HISTORY OF THE MANUS ISLAND DETENTION CENTRE 2001: Offshore immigration detention […]

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Open letter from Suresh Rajan to Minister Peter Dutton

Dear Minister Dutton, I write to you today as an Australian who came to this country over forty-two years ago. I came here as part of a family migration process. My father was a school teacher at a few state schools in Perth finally retiring (due to ill health) from Mirrabooka Senior High School (a school […]

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Stumbling on from the White Australia Policy

Many of us who are reading this article would not know of the finer detail of the White Australia policy. Let me tell you what it says in Wikipedia (in part): “Soon after Australia became a federation, it passed the Immigration Restriction Act of 1901. The passage of this bill is considered the commencement of the White Australia […]

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