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 […]

Pakistan election bloodshed and falls

May 8, 2013

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 […]

Grief in New York and Afghanistan, in Boston and Iraq

April 23, 2013 1

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 […]

Comedy fuelled by anger

April 23, 2013

I was out of town for most of the Melbourne Comedy Festival, but I was back in time to catch the final session of Aamer Rahman’s “The Truth Hurts”. Given that the show was very heavily booked, it seems likely to have a repeat airing. I was about to recommend it with a proviso about […]

After Julia Gillard- thoughts on International Women’s Day

March 8, 2013 2

If the opinion polls are anywhere near the ballpark, by next International Women’s Day Australia will no longer have a female Prime Minister. It’s time to start thinking about feminism after Julia Gillard. And we could start by acknowledging that her Prime Ministership was no feminist victory. Of course, women had to fight for the […]

The forthcoming adventures of Geert Wilders Down Under

February 16, 2013 6

“Join us for an evening with an exceptional politician, author, and very brave man.” That’s the message on the Q society flyer, although another way of putting it would be “Pay $66 to a shadowy fringe organisation for the dubious privilege of listening to a visiting racist hate-monger”. Next week, Dutch MP and far-right figurehead […]

Stick your racist, sexist bullshit up your arse, Tim

January 29, 2013 11

Tim Mathieson is keen to encourage men to take responsibility for their health, and he knows that it’s an uphill battle. So he tries to make a prostate examination sound like fun. “We can get a blood test for it, but the digital examination is the only true way to get a correct reading on […]

The Taliban, Julian Assange, and Dilbert-moments

November 19, 2012

Oh, Dilbert. From Afghan religious extremists to silver-haired Melbourne cyber-hipsters - you know us so well.

Humpty-Dumpty goes to Parliament House

October 17, 2012 1

Dictionaries are seldom headline news, but the Macquarie dictionary is at the centre of political debate today after deciding to revise its definition of the word “misogyny” in the wake of recent political events. Christopher Pyne and Julie Bishop do not approve. In their opinion, words do not change on a Prime Ministerial whim. Perhaps they […]

Pooping Gillard’s Party

October 10, 2012 16

Gillard's eloquence on the subject of misogyny was not the most important feminist issue in federal parliament yesterday.

Blowback from Sydney riots: ‘punch her for the police’

September 20, 2012 18

Articles by various Muslim writers this week have displayed differing impulses, sometimes within the same article. I'm hedging my bets and trying both.