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Saturday 24th of June 2017 (UTC)

Suresh Rajan

Minister Nahan

It has been a very long time since I have accused a Minister of the Western Australian parliament of Institutionalised racism. As many of you would know I have been at various times since 2001, the President, Treasurer and Secretary of the body known as the Ethnic Communities Council. I am, as we speak, the […]

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Who killed Faysal Ishak Ahmed?

I have delayed writing this piece because I have been concerned that the story would get swamped in the season of goodwill and not inconsiderable libation that we have been indulging in during the last few days here in Australia. I have left the cudgels of this particular issue to be taken up by those […]

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Categories Human Rights
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This has to stop

Over the last three years, in my capacity as President of the National Ethnic Disability Alliance I have almost become inured to anger when I come across another instance of discrimination against people with disability (PWD) in our immigration system. However, the pain does not stop. Irrespective of the number of times I have seen […]

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Australia has signed but flaunts the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled Persons

The gloves have to come off at some stage. We need everyone in Australia to make this a priority issue for the new government. I have written about this so many times in the last few months that it is becoming repetitive. However until any government agrees to list this as a priority issue for […]

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Yet another example of disability discrimination in Australian immigration

How many times can we do this? I have almost lost count of the times we have done this in the last few years but here we go again. Kai Tippett and his family migrated to Australia about 5 years ago. At that time his daughter Sienna was 10 months old. Several months later Kai […]

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When Michael met Mina – a review

I have to make a disclosure right at the very start of this review. I am an unabashed Randa Abdel Fattah fan. I have been ever since I read her book “Does my head look big in this?” That assessment of Randa was then confirmed when I read her “Ten things I hate about me” […]

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Categories Arts & Letters
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Pretty poor judgment by Keenan, not by Aly

Michael Keenan is our Justice federal minister. I have had dealings with him going back to when he first stood for Parliament. At that time I was President of the Ethnic Communities Council of WA. He approached me with his then campaign manager. We sat in my office and examined the ethnic diversity of the […]

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Response to Peta Credlin on terrorism

In May 2013 Princeton University’s Loon Watch reproduced the FBI’s examination of the terror acts that had occurred between the years 1980 and 2005. This is a 25 year period and would have a substantial basis in any statistical analysis. The purpose of the study was to examine what the motivation was in respect of […]

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These are the parties looking for your vote but should not get it on July 2

Certainly not, if you have an interest in community harmony and social inclusion in Australia as one of your priorities! They are openly racist and usually very Anti-Islam. This is far from a comprehensive list and I am sure there are a number of others that have disguised their blatant racism in terms of a […]

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“Faux outrage” in response to Diversity Council of Australia document

I have a confession to make before I start this article. I have used the term “Guys” in referring to a group of my colleagues/friends/associates/acquaintances. But I have noticed in most of my writing (on Facebook and elsewhere) that I have substituted “Folks” as my preferred term in addressing a group of people of mixed […]

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