Modi’s blood-stained path to power

Shakira HusseinMay 19, 2014

A string of hackneyed phrases passed through my mind at “India's Verdict", the Australia-India Institute's lunchtime election watch event in Melbourne last Friday. The food was excell

“The Grand Budapest Hotel”, Stefan Zweig, borders, exile and Manus Island

Shakira HusseinApr 30, 2014

I will remember the Manus Island detention centre while watching The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Tim Wilson and freedom of expression

Shakira HusseinApr 23, 2014 2

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 fa

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Shakira HusseinFeb 24, 2014 1

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.

Apology to Tony Abbott

Shakira HusseinFeb 21, 2014 3

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 oth

Aldi’s Australia Day racism not Australian enough.

Shakira HusseinJan 9, 2014 1

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.

Paul Keating’s Remembrance Day Address, 2013

Bernard KeaneNov 11, 2013

Address by Hon PJ Keating Australian War Memorial Canberra

Racialising the deeds of “a small minority”

Shakira HusseinSep 23, 2013 1

In his weekend report on the high incidence of rape committed by taxi drive

Have you seen the Budget Emergency? A weekend with #missingbudget

Have you seen the Budget Emergency? A weekend with #missingbudget

Luke BuckmasterSep 22, 2013

It started as a spur of the moment decision made on a Friday night. Two days later, #missingbudget had taken over the world (or at least a very small portion of it).

Crikey’s fantasy cabinet, with four times the women

Cathy AlexanderSep 17, 2013 7

Tony Abbott reckons he just can't room for more than one woman in his 19-member cabinet, so Crikey has done it for him. Check out our fantasy cabinet, which has four times as many women. You're welcome, Tony.