Category: Australians

Josh Frydenberg and Ed Husic: Inside the Labor and Liberal MPs’ unlikely friendship

Liberal cabinet minister Josh Frydenberg and Labor rising star Ed Husic have long had each other’s backs.

When Husic was criticised for swearing his oath of office on the Koran, Frydenberg went on radio to defend him. A few years later, it was Husic’s turn. When others in his party suggested Frydenberg had questions to answer regarding his citizenship, Husic – publicly – told them to pull their heads in.

Both men know a bit about not fitting in.

via Josh Frydenberg and Ed Husic: Inside the Labor and Liberal MPs’ unlikely friendship

What it means to be seen as a real Australian

Why Ultra Conservatives aren’t Real Australians

Australia also had the third highest share of respondents (68 per cent) that said any migrant who had become a citizen was a “real” national, regardless of language proficiency.

Nearly four in 10 (38 per cent) were also happy to call migrants who have not become a citizen a “real” Australian – a higher share than most other nations.

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The African-Australian success stories you’ve probably never heard

 

With a PhD in economics, Mr Haraco quickly set about starting his own business. He imports food and drinks, deals in real estate, and runs a pizza and billiards parlour.

He works hard to ensure other African-Australians can enjoy the kind of success and prosperity that he and his family have.
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‘Abolish Australia’, says Indigenous group behind ‘invasion day’ rally

Protesters making their way through the CBD.

Has Fairfax Media been offended or showing position in this nations hierarchy of colour? Reactive Racism, Black Racism is a natural and normal reaction to  the celebration of the colonization of Australia and the 200 years of color hierarchy oppression and denial  that continues through to today. One wonders why and for whom Fairfax media is reporting this? How very right wing Israeli they sound.

“The hardline Indigenous activist” “The Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance ” “the words “F— Australia”, called for the “decolonisation” of the country.” “Ms Onus-Williams’ comments prompted calls for her to be sacked from the Koorie Youth Council,” “”WAR will not rest until we burn this entire rotten settler colony called Australia, illegally and violently imposed on stolen Aboriginal land at the expense of the blood of countless thousands, to the f—ing ground, until every corrupt and illegal institution of white supremacist, patriarchal, capitalist settler colonial power forced upon us is no more,”

 

‘Abolish Australia’, says Indigenous group behind ‘invasion day’ rally

Australia fifth in list of world’s most welcoming refugee destinations, Amnesty International says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Human rights organisation Amnesty International has published a report showing 86 pc of Australians would welcome refugees.

Source: Australia fifth in list of world’s most welcoming refugee destinations, Amnesty International says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Artist Peter Drew challenges idea of what a ‘real’ Australian is – video | Culture | The Guardian

The face of Monga Khan, a cameleer who was granted an exemption from the White Australia policy, is being used to provoke discussion about national identity

Source: Artist Peter Drew challenges idea of what a ‘real’ Australian is – video | Culture | The Guardian

Worldwide interest in Australian Seabin as surfers’ invention becomes online viral sensation – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

An Australian invention to reduce marine pollution is set to go global after becoming a viral sensation, attracting more than 120 million views online.

Source: Worldwide interest in Australian Seabin as surfers’ invention becomes online viral sensation – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A grandfather’s dream come true: proud Aboriginal elder dances with granddaughter at graduation – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

An Aboriginal elder performs a special dance with his granddaughter for her graduation.

Source: A grandfather’s dream come true: proud Aboriginal elder dances with granddaughter at graduation – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

At least 20 Australians killed in Syria and Iraq fighting for terrorist groups, Brandis says

There were reports Sydney man Mohammad Ali Baryalei had been killed, but Vice Admiral David Johnston said  Defence believed it was less than likely that he was dead.

Related Story: Bishop declares it an offence for Australians to visit Syrian province
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Federal Attorney-General George Brandis says at least 20 Australians have been killed fighting alongside terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq, and warns that the Islamic State group is using Australians on the frontline as “cannon fodder, bombers and propaganda tools”.

Senator Brandis said the number of Australians killed had risen in recent weeks and that Western recruits were being duped into thinking they were an important part of a religious crusade.

Around 70 Australians are still believed to be fighting in the Middle East while another 20 have returned home.

Among those fighting is Sydney man Mohammad Ali Baryalei, who has been accused of masterminding a plot to kill random members of the public in Sydney and Brisbane, and had recruited dozens of Australians to fight with extremist groups in Iraq and Syria.

There were reports that he had been killed in Syria, but Vice Admiral David Johnston last month said the Australian Defence Force believed it was less than likely that he was dead.

The Government recently introduced a raft of legislation aimed at stopping would-be jihadists from travelling to the Middle East.

The Foreign Fighters Bill passed Parliament in October, making it illegal to travel to areas declared as terrorist zones, without a specific humanitarian or family purpose.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop used provisions under the recently passed Bill to declare it an offence for Australians to visit the Al-Raqqa province in Syria without a legitimate reason.

Ms Bishop said the province was Islamic State’s de facto capital, and said the terrorist organisation directed many of its operations from the banned region.

“I have today declared Al-Raqqa province an area where a listed terrorist organisation is engaging in hostile activity,” Ms Bishop told Question Time last week.

“This now makes it an offence under Australian law to enter or remain in the province of Al-Raqqa without a legitimate reason.”