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Wednesday 13th of December 2017 (UTC)

Suresh Rajan

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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Categories Human Rights
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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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Categories Education
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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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Suresh Rajan in defence of Father Chris Bedding

The first time I met the man, I was at an event at St George’s Cathedral in Perth. He slapped me on the back and made some humorous remark about my atheism and the irony of my attendance at a church. A few months later, literally within days of the siege occurring at the Lindt […]

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Diabolical hypocrisy & discrimination by the Commonwealth

I have written often about the discrimination accorded to people with disabilities and health conditions in our Migration system. In addition to the prohibition in the Act in relation to these applicants for residency visas, we also have a “health waiver” that is assessed by the Commonwealth Medical Officer (CMO). It is this process of […]

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Categories Social Policy
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Disgusting hypocrisy by governments on the rights of persons with disability

The sheer hypocrisy of our government sometimes knows no bounds. On the one hand Australia lauds its signing of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability. On the other, it continues to flagrantly abuse those very same conventions through its administration of the provisions of the Migration Act to preclude ANYONE with a disability […]

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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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