Controversial British columnist Katie Hopkins has been reported to police for allegedly inciting racial hatred in an article applauding Australia for threatening asylum seekers "with violence until they bugger off".
They could be described as the 'odd couple' of federal politics. From different sides of the political spectrum, one of Greek heritage the other of British stock, together MPs Russell Broadbent and Maria Vamvakinou have fought to have the concept of multiculturalism accepted once again in Australia. They launched federal Parliament’s ‘Friends of Multiculturalism’ committee in 2007 during a time when the refugee debate had impacted on Australia’s support for multiculturalism.
Muslim groups have criticised the federal government for its lack of response to anti-Islam rallies held over the weekend. The nation-wide protests, held under the banner 'Reclaim Australia,' protested against "sharia law, halal tax and Islamisation." In some states the rallies became violent, going head-to-head with anti-racism groups.
Dr Cornel West is a United States philosopher, academic, activist, author and public intellectual. Or, as he puts it, a blues man in the life of the mind, a jazz man in the world of ideas. A civil rights activist, Dr West was recently arrested at the Ferguson, Missouri, protests over the police shooting of an unarmed black man -- one of several of late in the US. He's now setting out on a lecture tour of Australia and he's told Ron Sutton about it.
In particular, the primary and secondary education sectors are a minefield of homophobic and transphobic law, institutional practice and everyday discrimination. In this, LGBTQI people are the collateral damage of the neoliberal push towards privatisation.
The artist who designed the Aboriginal flag has condemned the use of the iconic red black and yellow in the racist Reclaim Australia rallies over the weekend, saying to use it as a “banner for anger” is “idiotic”. Hundreds of anti-Islam protestors, including former One Nation politician Pauline Hanson, mobilised in 16 cities over the weekend to “Reclaim Australia”, a national movement purportedly against Islamic extremism, halal certification and Sharia law.
Last week, nine British Muslims were arrested on the Syrian border as Nigel Farage tapped into his constituency’s unease about modern Britain. We need our leaders to respond to this unease with reason – and a positive vision
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