Supporters of the Anti Racist Movement face off against Reclaim Australia supporters in Perth: Rick Hoyle – Mills reports

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Once In a Lifetime (with apologies to Talking Heads) and #wish, a welcome uproar: @mary_sayed comments

There’s been a song popping into my head during the past few days. It’s the Talking Heads song Once In A Lifetime. You know the one (ahem…if you remember music from 1981). It’s been happening since the insane idea emerged to ban the burqa – more accurately, the niqab – from Parliament, relegating women wearing it to the same gallery as rowdy school children. Once In A Lifetime features the lines, “And you may ask yourself, ‘Well…How did I get here?’” How on earth did we get here? What led us to this point? It certainly wasn’t the frequency of visits to Parliament by women wearing the niqab – there […]

Ethics, morality and the war on ISIS: @richardsheggie comments

War against ISIS Young (and not so young) people are tired of the almost perpetual state of war that has that emerged since World War II. With US and Australian military intervention now commencing in Iraq and Syria, we are at war yet again in the Middle East. The target is the rapidly growing “caliphate” being created by ISIS (ISIL) across northern Syria and Iraq, with its notional capital in the northern Syrian city of Ar-Raqqah (Raqqa). Various rebel forces conducted a successful assault to take control of Raqqa from Syrian government forces in March 2013. Between March and August 2013, numerous (but ultimately unsuccessful) airstrikes were conducted by the […]

Fun and games in the Queensland Parliament – The Qld Weekly #qldpol: @Qldaah

Campbell Newman is Eliot Ness. Leaked briefing confirms existence of LNP robots. A tale of three crowns. Racism alive and well in the deep North. Flight Centre Newman Government guarantee. . Campbell Newman is Eliot Ness “Populist governments need an enemy,” wrote University of Queensland Professor of Law Graeme Orr in his 2013 piece describing the actions of the Newman Government in targeting motorcyclists with new “Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment (VLAD)” law. Orr condemned the legislation because it was used to target ordinary citizens who rode motorcycles and lumped them in with criminal bikie gangs, labeling it “a shocking case of government overreach”. Now those laws are set to be […]

The shadowy underbelly of Australia’s fair go: @FrBower comments on #racism

“I am not a racist! But…” We have all heard it and many of us have said it, but what does it mean? Australians are, for the most part, a pretty decent lot. We love the larrikin, the underdog and the idea of a fair go. However, just as there is always another side to the individual there is also another side to a nation. There is always the dark underbelly. Carl Jung, one of the founders of modern psychology, called this “the shadow”. We see it all the time, what we hate most in others is often what we are trying so strenuously to deny in ourselves. What is […]

Rights and justice for #refugees are not commodities: @novidados reports

  When they come for the innocent without crossing over your body, cursed be your religion and your life. Anon The quote above came to my attention as I followed the protests at Villawood Detention Centre on social media over the past few weeks. It seems apt to think about protest in these terms, as the act of standing firmly in the face of injustice at a time when the right to demonstrate and organise collectively is under such intense scrutiny. The recent actions at Villawood have been aimed at disrupting the movement of refugees to remote detention camps in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. As news of planned […]

@Jansant interviews respected refugee advocate Kon Karapanagiotidis OAM @Kon__K from the @ASRC1

[clear] By Wayne Jansson  @jansant February 8, 2014 Ever since John Howard’s Tampa affair back in 2001, refugees arriving by boat have been at the centre of political debate in Australia. A campaign to demonise and dehumanise refugees has been in full swing ever since. Its been so successful the Abbott government has even seen the value in using refugees to launch a fresh round of attacks on the ABC for perceived bias. Criticism is growing both in Australia and around the world to our treatment of refugees. This criticisms is aimed at both the policies and the increasingly vitriolic rhetoric of the Australian government. #UNHCR is concerned about reports of […]

Alexander talks up 24-hour spy cameras in low-crime Bennelong

By Jack Sumner 5 August 2013 The July 10 edition of the local Weekly Times featured Cameras to zoom in on racism, in which federal MP John Alexander proposed that the federal government pay for CCTV cameras on shop awnings in Rowe Street, Eastwood, in the heart of his Bennelong electorate in Sydney’s northern suburbs. Why? “A few months ago a Sydney man, Mr Kim and his Korean aunt were racially abused on a bus” and “—while the crime rate in Eastwood is one of Sydney’s lowest, some crimes involving Korean speakers are not always reported”. On July 31 Mr Alexander’s regular Weekly Times contribution was Tackling local crime. He confirmed […]

‘Casual’ racism and dominant discourse: A review of the AFL media debate

By Sarah Capper June 07, 2013 In 1999, former St Kilda ruckman Peter “Spida” Everitt was cited for racial vilification against Melbourne player Scott Chisholm. Everitt reportedly called Chisholm a “black c**t” during Round 2 of the AFL season that year. Everitt copped a $20,000 fine, self-imposed a four week match ban, and undertook a racial awareness program. He apologised to the Aboriginal community, to Chisholm and spent time with Chisholm’s family. There was copious media comment on the AFL and racism, and player attitudes. The outrage, as demonstrated on talkback and in newspaper editorials, centred on the racist implications of Everitt’s phrase. The public narrative, by and large, didn’t […]

Roaring at the man drilling tattoos into my sensitivities

By Nancy Cato March 3, 2013 At my usual early hour on a sunny Melbourne Saturday, I pushed back the covers along with the urge to go back to sleep and wondered why I felt discomforted. I’m a happy soul, usually. And then I remembered; the images of Scott Morrison’s many interviews the day before on his pea-sized understanding of the asylum seeker debate were drilling tattoos onto my sensitivities. Before I had much chance to let my brain catch up to my outstretched hand. I’d sent out this message via Twitter for all to see: Your words @ScottMorrisonMP have punctured my skin, entered my bloodstream & sadly for you, […]