Shakira Hussein

Writer and academic in multiculturalism

Shakira Hussein is a writer and academic in multiculturalism and Muslim studies at the National Centre for Excellence in Islamic Studies, University of Melbourne.


Modi’s blood-stained path to power

May 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 excellent, the company (most of them, at least) was jubilant, and as I struggled for an articulate way to express my fears, all that came to mind were cliches. […]

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

April 30, 2014

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

Tim Wilson and freedom of expression

April 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 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 […]


February 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

February 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 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 […]

Aldi’s Australia Day racism not Australian enough.

January 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.

Racialising the deeds of “a small minority”

September 23, 2013 1

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 […]

Kevin #2, election dates, and Yom Kippur

June 28, 2013

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 […]

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

June 24, 2013

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 […]

Racism, childishness and bullies

May 30, 2013 1

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 […]