tip off

Articles by Shakira Hussein

Tim Wilson and freedom of expression

So this brown-skinned Muslim disabled single mother goes to a lecture by a libertarian socially conservative human rights commissioner… It sounds like a joke told by an Andrew Bolt fan after a long night at the pub. “What’s my punch-line?” I wrote on my facebook page as I waited for Tim Wilson to appear for [...]

READ MORE

Vigils…

In seeking to support asylum-seekers, we have demanded too little over the years – in order to maintain consensus within the movement, in order to focus on outcomes that policy-makers might consider to be achievable, in order not to look like starry-eyed idealists or scary extremists. And look where it has gotten us.

READ MORE

Apology to Tony Abbott

I find myself forced to admit that I owe Tony Abbott an apology. In the heat of the 2010 election campaign, I refused to believe his undertaking to turn back the boats. Like many others from the latte-sipping inner-city leftie cultural-relativist brigade (as the fascist racist Andrew Bolt-worshipping brigade choose to call us), I simply [...]

READ MORE

Aldi’s Australia Day racism not Australian enough.

Racism is the raison d’etre of Australian Day. Protesting when a supermarket doesn’t get its microagressions micro enough is entirely beside the point.

READ MORE

Racialising the deeds of “a small minority”

In his weekend report on the high incidence of rape committed by taxi drivers against female passengers, Fairfax crime reporter John Silvester tells us that we need to address “the elephant in the room. Most (but not all) of the reports we have received say that the offending drivers were overseas-born students.” Staring at this [...]

READ MORE

Kevin #2, election dates, and Yom Kippur

For those trying to work out the details of the lessons learned by the revamped Prime Minister Rudd, one of them seems to be “check the calendar for the dates of major religious festivals before scheduling important events”. Kevin #1 was forced to hold a separate Jewish event for the 2020 summit (remember that?) after [...]

READ MORE

20 years on, revelations about police smears in the case of Stephen Lawrence

It took 18 years to convict two of the killers who slaughtered Stephen Lawrence in a racist attack in south London. Lawrence was attacked by a gang of five or six men as he waited for his bus in Eltham, some of whom may never face justice. It is an obscenity, then, to learn that [...]

READ MORE

Racism, childishness and bullies

The suspension of ABC radio announcer David Morrow after his “joke” about the difficulty of seeing dark-skinned footballers in the dark catapulted me back to a childhood memory that I hadn’t thought about in years. A group of us were playing a game outside – I don’t remember the name of the game or the [...]

READ MORE

Pakistan election bloodshed and falls

After Julia Gillard tripped on her high heels during a visit to the Gandhi memorial in New Delhi last year, New Limited put together a list of the “Five Best Political Falls”. John Howard’s 2007 slip in Perth came in at number two, behind Fidel Castro falling off stage at the end of a speech [...]

READ MORE

Grief in New York and Afghanistan, in Boston and Iraq

In the aftermath of the attack on the Boston marathon, commentators such as Jonathan Green on The Drum and Rafia Zakaria at Guernica have discussed the disparity of media attention towards the small number of casualties in the Boston compared to the routine slaughter in locations like Pakistan, Iraq, and Syria. I remembered introducing a yoga [...]

READ MORE

Womens Agenda

loading...

Smart Company

loading...

StartupSmart

loading...

Property Observer

loading...