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    Aboriginal People Fear For Lives Of Their Children After Killer Sentenced To Three Years In Jail

    "The fact he was run over, because of the bike, does this not resonate with everyone across the country?"

    Posted on July 24, 2017

    Supporters of Aboriginal teenager Elijah Doughty, who died after being run down by a non-Indigenous man in a 4WD last year in Kalgoorlie, have gathered in major centres across the country calling for justice, not just for Doughty, but all black victims.

    Shockwaves were felt across Aboriginal Australia on Friday when the man responsible for killing Doughty was found not guilty of manslaughter by a jury in the Supreme Court of WA.

    He was instead convicted of the lesser charge of driving dangerously causing death, and sentenced to a maximum of three years, backdated to the time of his arrest. He will be eligible for parole in February, after serving 18 months.

    The decision to charge him with manslaughter, rather than murder, angered the local Aboriginal community in Kalgoorlie last year, with community members staging an uprising outside the courthouse.

    The scenes sparked intense media interest. Prior to the protests, the mainstream media had largely ignored the teenager's death.

    The 56-year-old man, whose name has been suppressed by the court, was driving a white 4WD in August last year, when he spotted Doughty on a red motorbike in a reserve in the remote Western Australian city of Kalgoorlie.

    The man was pursuing a stolen motorbike. There is no evidence Doughty stole the bike, or had knowledge it was stolen.

    The man chased Doughty, catching up with him just as the dirt track they were both on curved to the left, according to The Guardian. He claimed Doughty "tried to get in front of me and he was already there".
    Within moments Doughty had lost his life, dying instantly from massive head trauma and internal injuries, including a severed spinal cord.

    Last Friday's verdict, which came after the jury had deliberated for more than six hours, was met with sorrow and anger by members of Doughty's family and supporters, who continued to call for justice in a protest outside the court.

    But it had wider repercussions across Australia, with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people voicing their anger and despair at the verdict, many viewing Doughty as their own son, brother, nephew or cousin.
    For many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, it is the latest in a long list of injustices that support the view that Australia treats black lives as dispensable.

    Rallies were organised quickly over the weekend, with the first three held in Sydney, Canberra and Adelaide today.

    In Adelaide, about 100 people converged outside the state's Supreme Court, chanting "no peace, no justice". The protest later moved to the attorney-general's department, where members staged a sit-in.
    Wiradjuri woman Latoya Rule, whose brother Wayne "Fella" Morrison died in a South Australian prison last year, told BuzzFeed News the man's acquittal for manslaughter had left her with a "sense of hopelessness".

    "These issues have intergenerational aspects to them," Rule told BuzzFeed News.

    "This isn't the first time a black person has been hit by a car and run over and nothing happened."

    Rule said she found the media coverage of Aboriginal protestors, who were viewed as "violent", distressing.

    "Most of the protests have actually been non-violent. These portrayals of Aboriginal protests as violent, or deaths in custody victims as violent...it's as if our lives don't matter."

    She said that while some members of the public were blaming Aboriginal people, no-one was asking about the man's culpability, and how his own community justified Doughty's death.

    "In some of the comments, they've been framing it as a community breakdown about parenting and raising Aboriginal children," Rule said.

    "But not one person is asking, 'What about the man's parents?' No-one is questioning his family, or his community. No-one is asking his community about how they justify a person believing they are allowed to run someone over for apparently stealing a bike."

    Rule said she fears for other Aboriginal children.

    "I'm so worried to even have children. I'm so worried to even think of young people growing up in the next 20 or 30 years because of the way it is going, we are going to see more young people like Elijah.

    "And they'll start being scared to walk the streets, to ride their bikes, to enjoy their childhood. And I don't want them to grow up in a society, the land of their ancestors, and feel scared."

    Similar questions were posed outside the New South Wales' Supreme Court in Sydney, where over 200 people congregated to call for justice.

    Aunty Jenny Munro told the gathering that Doughty's case was similar to that of TJ Hickey, who died after being chased by police through the inner Sydney suburb of Redfern in 2004.

    She said the sentence was manifestly inadequate.

    "[Doughty] will never walk, or talk, or breathe or sing or make babies for his mother to call grandchildren," Munro said.

    "This man killed him. We are still getting conflicting information from the media as usual, they are still calling it a stolen bike. The fact he was run over, because of the bike, does this not resonate with everyone across the country?

    "Is there not a deep feeling of unease in everybody’s heart? The whispering that becomes a shout, that becomes unbearable after a while?"

    Shaun Harris, whose niece Ms Dhu died in a South Hedland police cell after being refused medical care three times in 2014, told the rally his family knew what Doughty'd family was going through. Mr Harris appeared alongside Ms Dhu's mother Della Roe.

    "Kalgoorlie is one of the most racist places in Australia hands down, and all the racists in Australia have proudly stood up to try and defend their racist capital known as Kalgoorlie," Harris said.

    "But we are all standing together as one, which helps us massively in our fight, not just for black deaths in custody, but also black issues, and most certainly for a 14-year-old boy. The fact is he was run over. If he wasn't being chased this wouldn't have bloody happened. And we wouldn't be here today.

    There will be rallies in coming weeks in Brisbane, Alice Springs, Geraldton, Kununurra (Western Australia) and Melbourne.


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    Melbourne attack on Muslim girls 'disturbing and brazen': Islamophobia Register


    Three Muslim girls have been subjected to a "disturbing and brazen attack" in a reserve in Geelong, Victoria.

    Three Muslim schoolgirls have spoken of the terror they felt in what has described as a “disturbing and brazen” racially-motivated attack by a gang of youths.

    10-year-old Aima Sadiq-Ali, 12-year-old Walija Iqbalali, and Nadia Ali-Ahmad, 15, were playing in a Geelong park last Wednesday around 5.30pm, when a group of boys and girls approached and hurled racial abuses at them.

    They then proceeded to forcibly rip off Aima and Nadia’s hijabs, which caused grazing to Aima’s neck.

    “They said go back to your country. I’m gonna f*** your mum, like rude words.”
    Aima Sadiq-Ali told Channel Seven.

    “They’re saying our scarf (is) poo, (they were) saying ‘get off your poo’.”

    Walija Iqbalali said her foot was heavily bruised as the gang repeatedly punched and kicked them, and then pelted them with rocks.

    “One of the little girls, she was like seven years old, and she was filling her socks with rocks and hitting us,”
    Ms Iqbalali said to Channel Seven.

    “I couldn’t even control myself as I was really upset,” Nadia Ali-Ahmad added.

    As the trio attempted to escape and call police, Aima’s mobile phone was taken off her and smashed into pieces.

    A parent related to one of the offenders later arrived, but the girls say instead of stopping the violence, the parent egged the gang on.

    “They hit us, and their mum is like saying rude words to us to ‘go back to your country, go back to your country,’”
    she said.

    In a statement, Victoria Police said they are hunting the group of “about ten youths”, aged between seven and 16, and confirmed an older woman was believed to be with them.

    Acting Senior Sergeant Jonathan Parish said the attacks were extremely distressing.

    "It is a sickening attack. It's extremely alarming. They're young girls, they should be able to go to a local park and enjoy the outdoors, enjoy the community, without being subjected to this kind of behaviour," he said.

    "They certainly have the right to practice their faith and be safe and secure whilst doing so."

    Islamophobia Register Australia president Mariam Veiszadeh said in a statement on the group's Facebook page that the "disturbing and brazen" attack on the three girls was part of a wider trend.

    "The news of this incident comes amidst a global political landscape in which Islamophobia is becoming increasingly mainstream so people feel more emboldened to engage in a manner that is prejudicial towards Muslims and in this case, against children," she said.

    "We are currently in the process of working with a number of academics to analyse over 12 months worth of data from the Islamophobia Register Australia in an endeavour to publish a Final Findings Report later this year which aims to shed light on the trends we are seeing in our data.

    "Many incidents like this continue to go unreported.
    Please help us, protect our communities by reporting any such incidents to Police and to us at the Register."

    The girls suffered minor injuries, but said the emotional trauma sustained was severe and are now too frightened to go outside without their parents
    , who fled war-torn Afghanistan.

    “I’m so scared, and my mum’s scared too,” Aima Sadiq-Ali said.

    Police have urged for anyone with information to come forward.



    These little terrorists learned that hatred from their terrorist parents like that retard that egged them on when she showed up. Such is the mind of these uneducated welfare filth living like leaches off the welfare of the state which also is made from the wealth of international students.

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    The threat of terrorism in Australia is a scam that costs us dearly

    JULY 25 2017

    These days there aren't many scams bigger than all the fuss we're making about the threat of terrorism coming to our shores.

    What makes the scam worse is that we bring it on ourselves.

    According to a survey conducted by the Australian National University last year, 45 per cent of people said they were somewhat or very concerned that they or their family could be the victim of a terrorist attack in Australia.

    But I'm not first to point out that this degree of concern is totally out of whack with the actual risk of being attacked.

    In the past two decades, just three people have died as victims of terrorist attacks (broadly defined) in Australia. They were the two victims of the Martin Place siege and the NSW police accountant Curtis Cheng.

    When Malcolm Turnbull was announcing the formation of the mega Home Affairs department last week, which he insisted was all about improving the domestic security response to "the very real threat of home-grown terrorism that has increased with the spread of global Islamist terrorism", he said that intelligence and law enforcement agencies had successfully interdicted 12 imminent terrorist attacks since September 2014.

    There's no way of checking that claim, nor guessing how much harm would actually have transpired, but if that figure of 12 impresses you, you're making my point. Relative to all the other threats we face, it's chicken feed.

    Professor Greg Austin, of the Australian Centre for Cyber Security at the University of NSW, has written that more Australians have died at the hands of police, lawfully or unlawfully, in 10 years – at least 50 between 2006 and 2015 – than from terrorist attacks in Australia in the past 20 years.

    You reckon terrorism's a great threat? What about the more than 318 deaths from domestic violence just in 2014 and 2015?

    The former senior bureaucrat John Menadue has written that Australia's alcohol toll is 15 deaths and 430 hospitalisation a day.

    The journalist Bernard Keane says that between 2003 and 2012, there were 2617 homicides and 190 deaths from accidental gun discharges. More than 130 rural workers died from falling off vehicles, 206 died from electrocution and 1700 Indigenous people died from diabetes.

    Why do we so greatly overestimate the risk of being affected by terrorism? Many reasons.

    Part of it is that, as psychologists have demonstrated, the human animal is quite bad at assessing probabilities. We tend to underestimate big risks (such as getting killed on the road) and overestimate small risks (such as winning Lotto or being caught up in terrorism).

    We tend to assess the likelihood of a particular event according to its "salience" – how well we remember hearing of similar events in the past and how much notice we took of them.

    Trouble is, most of what we know about what's happening beyond our personal experience comes to us from the news media, and the media focus almost exclusively on happenings that are highly unusual, ignoring the everyday occurrences.

    They do so because they know this is what we find most interesting. They tell us more about the bad things that happen than the good things for the same reason.

    The media know how worried and upset we get by terrorist attacks, so they give saturation coverage to attacks occurring almost anywhere in the world.

    The unfortunate consequence is we can't help but acquire an exaggerated impression of how common terrorist incidents are and how likely it is one could affect us.

    But it's not all the media' fault. Of the many threats we face, we take special interest in terrorism because it's far more exciting than boring things like road accidents or people drinking too much.

    The other special, anger-rousing characteristic of terrorism is that it comes from overseas and thus stirs one of our most primeval reflexes: xenophobia.

    Our response to terrorism is emotional rather than thoughtful. And that leaves us open to manipulation by people with their own agendas.

    After the media come the politicians. It's conventional wisdom among the political class that security issues tend to favour the Liberals over Labor. That's why conservative politicians are always trying to heighten our fear of terrorism (see Turnbull above) and why Labor avoids saying anything that could have it accused of being "soft on terror".

    After the politicians come all the outfits that make their living from "domestic security" – spooks, policy people, equipment suppliers and myriad consultants – all of them doing what they can to keep us alarmed but not alert.

    Domestic security is probably the fastest-growing area of government spending. None of the budget restraint applies to it. That's partly because of public pressure, partly because of the security industry's success in wheedling money out of the pollies, and partly because, should some terrible event ever happen, the pollies want to have proof they tried their best to prevent it.

    What's this got to do with economics? Everything. Economics is about achieving the most efficient use of scarce resources.

    We face many threats to life and limb and are right to expect the government to do what it can to reduce them. But there's a limit to how much tax we're prepared to pay, and the more money we lavish on the tiny risk of local terrorism, the more we underspend on many far greater risks to our lives.


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    Melbourne Sikh family challenge 'inclusive' Christian school's ban on boy's turban

    By Emma Younger | Updated 24 Jul 2017

    A Melbourne family has launched legal action against a Christian school for banning their son from wearing his traditional Sikh patka, a turban worn by children.

    Sidhak Singh Arora, 5, was due to start prep at Melton Christian College, in Melbourne's north-west, this year.

    But his patka does not comply with the school's uniform policy which prohibits students from wearing any type of religious head covering.

    His family have taken their fight to VCAT, claiming the school had breached the state's Equal Opportunity Act by discriminating against their son on religious grounds.

    Outside court, the boy's father Sagardeep Singh Arora said he was surprised the school would not make an exemption for his son.

    "I was very surprised in an advanced country like Australia, they are still not allowing us to wear patka in the school," he said.

    "On the basis of that they are not giving enrolment in the school.

    Sidhak has enrolled at another school, but his parents hope Melton Christian College will be forced to change its policy so he can enrol there instead.

    The VCAT hearing was told the college had an open enrolment policy which allowed children of all faiths to enrol.

    'We don't want children standing out as different'

    Former college council member Stephen Liefting told the hearing they were inclusive of people of all faiths.

    "As long as they don't wear clothing that promotes other religions," he said.

    "We don't want children standing out as different … we're inclusive in the college.

    Principal David Gleeson gave evidence that a number of Sikh students attend the school but do not wear the patka.

    "I think one of the real strengths of the college is that we're blind to … everyone is blind to religious affiliations," he said.

    "Anything additional to the uniform isn't allowed."

    Mr Gleeson gave an example of another student who liked wearing a New Balance cap but was not allowed to.

    The college claimed it was not breaching the Equal Opportunity Act as there was not an exemption allowing it to enforce reasonable dress standards.

    The hearing will continue on Wednesday.


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    Australian navy cadets 'forced to rape each other in training' as 'rite of passage'

    Former navy member said he was 'snatched' in the middle of the night and sexually abused and raped

    22 June 2016

    A Royal Commission into abuse within the Australian Navy has heard graphic claims that cadets were forced into sexual abuse including raping each other and details of a teenage girl who committed suicide following a sexual relationship with an instructor.

    The abuse has been described as a “rite of passage”, which included violent initiations rituals including “blackballing”, which involved putting shoe polish on genitals and a “royal flush” which put people’s heads in a used toilet and flushing it.

    The commission heard how victims who complained of the claims were told to “suck it up… it will make a man out of you,” the Australian Telegraph reported.

    A former navy member said he was “snatched” in the middle of the night and taken to a sports oval where he was sexually abused.

    “On multiple occasions I was snatched in the middle of a night and dragged to a sports oval,” he told News.com.

    “I was forced to suck another recruit’s penis or lick a junior recruit’s anus.... Other times I was forced to have anal intercourse with junior recruits or I was raped by another junior recruit who was directed to do so by the older recruits or base staff.”

    Eleanore Tibble, a 15-year-old candidate who had a sexual relationship with a 30-year-old instructor, was threatened with a dishonourable discharge for “fraternisation”, resulting in her taking her own life in 2000, aged 16.

    A third former recruit, Graeme Frazer, who joined the navy aged 16 told the commission he was left unconscious after being forced to run along a corridor while other recruits threw bags filled with irons, boots and other heavy items at him.

    He is one of 14 surviving witnesses who will be giving evidence at the commission.

    He said he was told the abuse was a “rite of passage in the real navy,” adding that the commission was “a symbolic day that marks the end of 49 years of torment”.

    The commission was launched in 2012 following 2,4000 complaints and has since heard from 111 people who has experienced sexual, physical and mental abuse within the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

    The two week hearing on the ADF’s handling of the abuse allegations began on Tuesday.

    The existing cadet’s programme currently has around 25,000 active members.

    The hearing will continue in Sydney on Wednesday when two former ADF officers and a chaplain take the stand.


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    Australia will join the conflict if North Korea attacks the US: Malcolm Turnbull


    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has declared Australia would invoke the ANZUS security treaty for only the second time in its history in response to any attack by North Korea against the United States.

    Mr Turnbull also pushed back against calls - including from former prime ministers Tony Abbott and Kevin Rudd - for Australia to develop a missile defence shield to protect the mainland from the threat of North Korea's nuclear weapons and long-range missile program.

    The Prime Minister's commitment to assist the US caps off days of escalating tensions, with US President Donald Trump threatening to unleash "fire and fury" on the rogue state and the North Korean regime warning it would attack the US Pacific territory of Guam.

    "The United States has no stronger ally than Australia. We have an ANZUS agreement and if there is an attack on Australia or the United States ... each of us will come to the other's aid," Mr Turnbull told Melbourne radio station 3AW on Friday.

    "So let's be very clear about that. If there is an attack on the United States by North Korea, then the ANZUS treaty will be invoked and Australia will come to the aid of the United States."
    Former prime minister John Howard invoked the ANZUS treaty for the first time after the September 11 attacks against New York and Washington.

    Mr Turnbull's declaration marks a strengthening of the government's position after Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop said on Wednesday that, under the ANZUS alliance, Australia only had an "obligation to consult".

    Mr Turnbull spoke to US Vice-President Mike Pence on Thursday night and said everyone understood Australia's commitment to the ally was "absolutely rock-solid".

    His predecessor, Mr Abbott, has told Fairfax Media that Australia "should be urgently investing in upgraded missile defences".

    Mr Turnbull said: "The current advice from Defence to the government is that they do not consider that there is a benefit to deploy a system such as the THAAD system - that is terminal high altitude area defence, bit of a mouthful - for defence of Australian territory.

    "And the reason for that is that THAAD is designed to provide protection for relatively small areas against short to intermediate range missiles. So it is deployed in Israel. It is deployed in South Korea. And it is not designed to provide protection against long range intercontinental ballistic missiles of the sort North Korea has recently tested."

    The Prime Minister expressed confidence that diplomatic pressures and sanctions would "bring the [North Korean] regime to its senses in a peaceful manner".

    The ANZUS collective security treaty - signed in 1951 by Australia, the US and New Zealand - compels its parties to "consult together" and "act to meet the common danger".

    New Zealand withdrew from the treaty in the 1980s following disputes over nuclear weapons and its refusal to host US warships in ports and harbours.

    Since it was struck, ANZUS has underpinned Australia's defence policy, providing Australia's relatively small defence forces with the back-up of the world's leading military superpower.

    After invoking ANZUS in 2001, Mr Howard said Australia would consult with the US and consider any requests "within the limits of its capability".

    A month later, the government committed Australian troops to the US-led invasion of Afghanistan.

    Opponents have criticised the treaty, arguing it unnecessarily places Australia's security at risk.

    Greens leader Richard Di Natale said: "The last thing we need here is a Prime Minister backing an unhinged and paranoid leader into a conflict that could potentially end life on Earth as we know it."

    He accused Mr Turnbull of putting a target on Australia's back and called on him to tell the US President to "back off".

    "If there was ever a clearer example of why Australia needs to ditch the US alliance and forge an independent, non-aligned foreign policy, this is it. Malcolm Turnbull now needs to pick up the phone, he needs to talk to Donald Trump and urge him to de-eascalate."


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    Far-right Australian senator slammed for burqa 'stunt'

    August 17, 2017

    An Australian senator known for her strong stance against Muslim immigration has been widely condemned for wearing a burqa to Parliament House.

    In video of the parliamentary session, One Nation leader Pauline Hanson can be seen taking her seat in the floor-length Islamic garment. A voice on the recording can be heard saying, "What on Earth?"

    Hanson has long called for the burqa to be banned in public, saying the central issue is the "right of others to see a face."

    Amid unrest from her fellow senators, Hanson dramatically took off the veil, saying "I'm quite happy to remove this because it's not what should belong in this parliament."

    Hanson then asked Attorney General George Brandis, if "in light of what is happening with national security... will you work to ban the burqa?"
    Brandis, a member of the governing Liberal National coalition, received a standing ovation when, close to tears, he tore into Hanson for mocking the Muslim dress.

    "Senator Hanson, no, we will not be banning the burqa."

    "Senator Hanson, I'm not going to pretend to ignore the stunt that you have tried to pull today by arriving in the chamber dressed in a burqa, when we all know you are not an adherent of the Islamic faith."

    He told Hanson to be "very, very careful" of offending the "religious sensibilities of other Australians."

    "To ridicule that community, to drive it into a corner, to mock its religious garments is an appalling thing to do," he said.

    Terror threat

    In a speech to Parliament, Hanson referred to terror threats as one reason for her proposed ban.

    Australia's terrorism threat level is currently listed as "probable," on a four level scale between "possible" and "expected."

    Last month, Australian authorities thwarted alleged twin terror plots described as the "most sophisticated" ever planned on Australian soil. They included plans to release a toxic gas in public.

    Since Australia's national terrorism threat level was last raised in September 2014, there have been five attacks and 13 "major counter terrorism disruptions," according to a representative for the Australian Security Intelligence Organization.

    In her speech, Hanson cited an attack on the Iranian parliament building in June, by men believed to be dressed in burqas, as being one example of the security threat.

    "This is not the first case of this kind and it will not be the last," she said.

    Growing Muslim population

    The issue of burqa bans flared across the West last year amid calls to ban the full-length garment. They're already banned in France, Belgium, Austria and Switzerland. Earlier this year, the German parliament voted in favor of a partial ban, backed by Prime Minister Angela Merkel.

    In a Facebook post, Hanson said: "I have long believed that full face coverings, such as the burqa, were oppressive, presented barriers to assimilation, disadvantaged women from finding employment, were causing issues inside our justice system, presented a clear security threat and has no place in modern Western society."

    According to a Pew Research Center poll released in February, around half of Australian surveyed said that sharing the customs and traditions of the country is very important to anyone to be considered "truly" Australian.

    There are around 600,000 Muslims in Australia -- about 2.6% of the population -- according to 2016 Census data.

    The Australian far right has long attempted to ban face-covering Muslim clothing, however, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has insisted that it won't happen.

    Divisive figure

    This is not the first time Pauline Hanson has captured the political spotlight in Australia.
    The far-right politician became a national figure in Australia in 1996 when during her first speech to Parliament, after being elected as an independent MP, she said the country was at risk of being "swamped by Asians."

    Among the policies of Hanson's One Nation party are surveillance cameras in mosques, stopping Muslim immigration to Australia and holding a national inquiry into Islam.

    She was found guilty of fraudulently obtaining $500,000 in election funding in 2003 and spent 11 weeks in jail before successfully appealing.

    Hanson has run in numerous elections, including the 2007 and 2013 general votes, but has failed to win a seat until now. She also appeared on several reality TV shows, including Australia's Celebrity Apprentice in 2011.

    While the populist has been compared by some in the Australian media to US President Donald Trump -- and Hanson herself boasted of being invited to his inauguration -- his administration recently listed her political party a threat to religious freedom.

    The International Religious Freedom Report, published annually by the US government, highlights the campaign platform of Hanson's One Nation Party, which included "cessation of Muslim immigration and limits on some Islamic practices," among an executive summary of the current status of religious freedom in Australia.
    Online criticism

    The politician was widely criticized online for her recent stunt, by the public and fellow politicians.

    One Twitter user, apparently a Melbourne-based, hijab-wearing Muslim woman, condemned Hanson's act.

    "Our choice of clothing and religious expression is not your political football," she wrote.

    Some, however, applauded her move.

    "Pauline Hanson made a very powerful statement in the Australian Senate by wearing a burqa," one commenter wrote. "And Australian senators couldn't stomach it!"

    Opposition leader Bill Shorten said the politician's "stunt" was "beneath contempt."


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    Trump administration lists Pauline Hanson's One Nation a threat to religious freedom

    The Trump administration has listed Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party as a threat to religious freedom in a new report released in Washington.

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released the annual assessment of religious persecution and intolerance on Wednesday, using a chapter on Australia to highlight Senator Hanson's 2016 maiden speech to the Senate in which she claimed the country was "in danger of being swamped by Muslims".

    One Nation has repeatedly praised Mr Trump's policies on trade and immigration, with Senator Hanson and Queensland colleague Malcolm Roberts drinking champagne to celebrate his win over Democrat Hillary Clinton outside Parliament House after last year's presidential election.

    The report says the party's four senators were elected on the back of a "platform which included ceasing Muslim immigration, holding a royal commission on Islam, halting construction of mosques, installing surveillance cameras in mosques, banning wearing of the burqa and niqab in public places, and prohibiting members of parliament from being sworn in under the Quran.

    Referring to Senator Hanson's maiden speech citing fears of Muslim immigration, the report notes opposition from the government.

    "Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull disagreed with her views and said 'my commitment is to an inclusive multicultural society which is based on mutual respect. The more we respect each other the more secure we become'," the report said.

    A spokesman for Senator Hanson disputed the assessment of the report.

    Earlier this month, NSW One Nation senator Brian Burston was criticised for a Facebook post listing the rise of a group of Muslim-Australian politicians and asking if voters were "awake yet".

    The report lists a range of changes to rights and protections for religious followers in Australia, including moves by the ACT Parliament to make it a crime to vilify someone based on their religion and the Victoria state government's decision to remove religious education from the public school curriculum last year.

    Among religiously motivated crimes, the report lists vandalism against Catholic churches and Jewish synagogues, harassment of religious followers and an attack in March 2016 in which three Muslim schoolgirls had their hijabs forcibly removed and were punched and abused by a group of youths in Geelong.

    It notes a High Court challenge to the construction of a mosque in the Victorian goldfields city of Bendigo and protests in the Melbourne suburb of Melton in which about 150 members of nationalist groups opposed the construction of a housing development, dubbed a "Muslim housing estate".

    "In June Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull became the first sitting prime minister to host an iftar and stated 'the Australian Muslim community is valued and respected – and it is not confined to a narrow security prism – you are an integral part of an Australian family that rests on the essential foundation of mutual respect and understanding'."

    The report notes the opening of each session of Parliament is marked by recitation of the Lord's Prayer, a tradition opposed by the Greens and other groups.


    Senator Sam calls Pauline a disgrace


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    Vietnamese student sentenced for hurling racist abuse at Muslim woman wearing niqab

    A Vietnamese university student whose Islamophobic attack on an Australian Muslim woman went viral on the internet told a court that she shouted at the victim because her niqab was scary.

    The 90-second video which had been viewed more than 1.6 million times shows Suong Thao Nguyen banging on a car window and shouting, “Who are you? Take it off, you terrorist,” to a woman who had locked herself inside her car with her husband.

    Yesterday, the 36-year-old immigrant mother of two was convicted and sentenced at Burwood Local Court to a 24-month “Good Behaviour Bond” and fined $750 after pleading guilty to intimidating Semaa Abdulwali and her husband Ramzy Alamudi and damaging their car at Macquarie University campus on Friday 20 January.

    The court heard that Ms Abdulwali was wearing a niqab when she and her husband saw Ms Nguyen staring at them.

    After Mr Alamudi asked Nguyen, “is something wrong?” She approached their car and began hitting the windows, screaming at them and scratching the car with her keys.

    After sitting in their car for about a minute, Mr Alamudi got out and restrained Ms Nguyen.

    University security was called and Ms Nguyen was arrested by police shortly after.

    Ms Nguyen’s lawyer, Andrew Tiedt, told Magistrate Suzanne Seagrave that there was “no excuse for what happened,” and Ms Nguyen was sorry for putting the couple through an “extraordinary unpleasant experience.”

    He added: “She was scared, she was afraid of them and completely overreacted.”

    Magistrate Seagrave said that the incident was a “completely unprovoked attack” by Ms Nguyen who reacted with “resentment and anger” to Ms Abdulwali’s niqab.

    She said: “Ms Nguyen was unable or unwilling to control her impulses on this occasion and there was no provocative behaviour whatsoever by either victim that could explain this gross over-reaction.”

    Magistrate Seagrave described Ms Nguyen’s behaviour as “wrong and unacceptable” and that such prejudice had no place in Australian society.

    She ordered Ms Nguyen to be placed on a 24-month good behaviour bond, and for her to be supervised under Community Corrections, which will include counselling and anger management.

    She was also ordered to pay $817.85 for damaging the victim’s car.



    Shazia Sher-khan - That's not behaviour of someone who is scared but behaviour of a racist scum someone who's scared would walk the other way she should have got a much longer sentence and a very hefty fine to compensate the couple for the stress and damage caused by her to their car

    Mandie Laws - Immigrant mother? Oh the irony? Mother of 2? And the circle of racism continues

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    Racial tensions are at a high. Are we on the verge of another Cronulla?

    Rachael Jacobs

    I’ve had nightmares all week.

    This is not unusual. I dream wildly and vividly. But last week my social media feed was full of violence and hatred, bringing the night demons out to play.

    I’m talking about posts and footage from Charlottesville. Scenes of white supremacists marching and organising, hateful slogans roared with flames in hand, even footage from the dreadful murder scene has been clogging my Facebook feed for days. All shared with no content or trigger warning.

    Adding to that, I’m bombarded by interviews with Nazis, insights from KKK headquarters and a pundit’s deciphering of hate speech. It’s all scary stuff.

    But it’s not new. The far right has always scared me. As an activist, I’m constantly at rallies, demonstrations and marches of causes I hold dear. But as a woman of colour, there’s no possible way I would ever attend a counter-protest of the far right. I have always feared their blind hatred would turn violent, and at Charlottesville, this tragically turned out to be the case.

    My fear isn’t limited to their ideas, the public display of hatred or the direction in which they’re pulling our country. I am concerned for my physical safety.

    Life as a woman of colour in Australia is punctuated by insults, verbal abuse and shouts of “go back to where you came from”. After a while you can read the tone of the hatred and know there is no logic or reason. It’s done by completely irrational people that, given the right circumstances, might lash out. At a young age, you learn when to fight back and when to sit silent. The threat of physical violence is ever-present.

    For us, the goal is not always about justice or standing up against racism. Sometimes our actions are about staying alive.

    This defies everything I know about creating social change – show love, bring people closer, break down barriers. In this instance, I cannot live the values I espouse.

    It’s a strange feeling, being hated for absolutely no reason. It’s a sickening awareness that makes your nerves raw and puts you on edge. For this reason, I have no interest in seeing inside the KKK, finding out what fuels Nazis or hearing ideas of seriously disturbed individuals with abhorrent values. I know what they stand for and it’s plain wrong. I have no perverse fascination to hear more.

    And for me, it’s not as bad as it could be. I’m writing from a position of privilege. I wear western clothes, I speak English, I have an Australian accent. My real fear is for all those who don’t have these safety nets. For them, this is a frightening time.

    Pauline Hanson chose a hell of a week to don a burqa in the Australian parliament, ridiculing an already tormented minority who are on edge at world events. There are evidently no barriers to her shameless stunts, and she will get a poll bump as a result. The far right is alive and well in Australia.

    If you think Charlottesville can’t happen in Australia, think again. Two years ago, on the 10-year anniversary of the Cronulla riots, one of the violent offenders said he was “not ashamed” of the stance he took.

    Our parliament recently had a long, drawn-out debate about the appropriateness of hate speech in society. Led by senator George Brandis, we were told that people have the right to be bigots.

    Last month the Islamophobia in Australia report revealed what many of us already know. That racist attacks against Muslims are rife, and women are most often the target of physical and verbal abuse.

    Looking at the whole picture, it seems to me we’re on the edge of another Cronulla.

    Racial tensions are at a high, being actively fuelled by leaders like Hanson and Donald Trump who make hate permissible.

    In Charlottesville, we saw how easily hateful words can turn into hateful actions, dividing the community and tearing the fabric of society.

    I cannot go to protests against racism due to the heightened tensions that are too real and visible to people of colour. I do, however, thank those who fight back, not just on my behalf but for all Australians. For the sickness that is hate and racism makes us all ill.

    White people – do your part, because this is not something that happens to “someone else”. Society and the integrity of your community is at stake. In the words of this week’s murdered warrior, Heather Heyer: “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.”

    ***Dr Rachael Jacobs is a lecturer at Western Sydney University


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    Australia, you have a problem with Islamophobia


    One MP's stunt points to a wider problem in Australian society's attitude towards Muslims

    Senator Pauline Hanson, Australia’s most infamous anti-Muslim politician, walked into the senate chambers in Canberra last week wearing an Islamic burqa in an shameless effort to bring attention to her proposed ban on the religious garment.

    By any means of objective analysis, this was a new low for Australia’s queen of overt xenophobia and racism. It drew a strong rebuke from the nation’s attorney general, George Brandis, who made no attempt to conceal his revulsion towards Hanson, stating: “To ridicule that community, to drive it into a corner, to mock its religious garments is an appalling thing to do and I would ask you to reflect on what you do.”

    While Brandis’ strong condemnation of Hanson is to be commended, it does leave one question: where do the vast majority of Australians stand on the spectrum that spans the gamut between multicultural tolerance and extreme anti-Muslim bigotry?

    Alarmingly, a slew of data points to a conclusion that Australia is one of the most Islamophobic countries on the planet.

    Consider: while only 41 percent of Americans support a temporary ban on immigrants from a handful of Muslim majority nation states, a plurality of Australians (49 percent) support a permanent block on Muslims entering the country.

    The absurdity of Islamophobia

    It gets worse.

    Counterterrorism experts such as Chris Meserole at the Brookings Institution warn that burqa and head scarf bans only play into the hands of extremist groups like Islamic State, reinforcing the terror group’s message that Muslims are unwanted in the West. Yet an ever increasing number (55 percent) of Australians in 2014 supported banning Muslim women wearing the burqa in public places, an increase of 3.5 percent from four years previously.

    Worse still, a viewer poll conducted by one of Australia’s highest rating television channels found that nearly two-thirds support Hanson’s burqa wearing stunt.

    To underscore the absurdity, indeed the anti-Muslim hysteria that is gripping the country, it is estimated that only 0.0005 percent of Australia’s 500,000 Muslim citizens wear a burqa. This amounts to a mere 250 Muslim women, and there’s no evidence to suggest this number is on the rise.

    Islam is not even the fastest growing religion in Australia – the 2011 census reveals that it’s Hindusim. Australians also think the proportion of Muslims is nine times higher than it really is.

    In other words, a proposed burqa ban is not only a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist, but a prescription for something undeniably sinister: the removal of Muslims from Australian society.

    “The demand to erase the burqa is not an attempt to liberate oppressed women, but more likely an attempt to erase Muslim presence from public life,” observes Professor S Sayyid, a director of the International Centre for Muslim and Non-Muslim Understanding at the University of South Australia.

    “This erasure is perhaps couched in the language of public safety, combating cultural oppression of women and guaranteeing cultural integrity and civic peace, but what it is saying unambiguously is that Muslims should not be seen, let alone heard. The irony of repressing something in the name of combating cultural oppression is too obvious.”

    Casual and institutionalised racism

    More worrying is the fact that the trajectory of rising anti-Muslim rhetoric in public discourse reflects the trajectory of rising anti-Muslim violence. This is unsurprising, given that any wave of politically motivated violence begins not with fists, but with words.

    The Islamophobia Register of Australia sought to measure actual anti-Muslim incidents rather than sentiments alone through a study regarded as the first of its kind.

    It collected evidence of 243 cases of verified Islamophobic incidents in 2014-15. It should be noted that these reported incidences represent only the “tip of the iceberg” in terms of overall hate crimes against Muslims in Australia.

    The study found that Muslim women represent 79.6 percent of the Islamophobic attacks recorded, and that one in three female victims were accompanied by their children at the time of the incident.

    An estimated 98 percent of attackers were described as ethnically Anglo-Celtic, mostly male: in other words, most Islamophobic attacks are carried out by white men against Muslim women.

    It exposes the hypocrisy of Islamophobic claims that posit Islam as uniquely hostile towards women. Moreover, not only did nearly one-third of these alleged attacks include acts of physical violence, but bystanders failed to intervene in 75 percent of the reported incidents.

    One Muslim Australian told the authors of the study:

    "I’m not sure if they started to follow me on foot, but once I entered the medical centre on Pitt Street, I didn’t hear or see anything else from them.

    “I am 19 weeks pregnant and have never felt so afraid/vulnerable in my life … I thought they were going to physically try harming my daughter and I. There were lots of passers-by who didn’t come to my aid.”

    All of this comes at a time when far-right extremism enters a new golden age within the Australian political and social landscape, with groups not only normalising their ideology via social media platforms, but also increasingly turning their gaze towards Muslim Australians.

    No one familiar with Australian history is unfamiliar with that country’s warm embrace of both casual and institutionalised racism. Founded as a white colonial state that ethnically cleansed and dispossessed its indigenous population, it then followed that with a “whites only” immigration policy which went so far as to deny entry to Jewish immigrants who were fleeing the Holocaust.

    Would this happen to American refugees?

    Discrimination against Muslims may be a largely post-9/11 phenomena, but it is one that has been a central feature of recent political discourse, resulting in discriminatory government policies.

    Certainly Islamophobia is at the root of Australia’s inhumane, illegal and shameless treatment of refugees fleeing conflict zones in Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

    If people were fleeing Trump’s America by boat, then no serious commentator would hypothesise a situation whereby desperate and vulnerable white Americans would be arrested, handcuffed and deported to prisons run by Australian authorities on small South Pacific islands - nicknamed the “Gitmos of the Pacific” - and then held there indefinitely.

    These are increasingly dangerous and threatening times for Australia’s half-million Muslim population.

    Australia is long overdue an honest conversation about how Islamophobia has derived from a convergence of political opportunism, media narratives, and the fear so-called “Islamic” terrorism evokes.

    To pretend Islamophobia in Australia isn’t a problem is to put minorities and liberal democratic values at further risk.


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    Aboriginal history is 'cultural vandalism'? Then I’ll proudly wear my Aboriginal flag-starred beret

    The political right often tries to denigrate the political left. Occasionally it’s by writing articles accompanied by horrific imagery and slurs about the activism occurring on the left.

    Sometimes it backfires. Spectacularly. For example, when the Herald Sun decided to refer to protesters against the forced closure of Aboriginal communities under the former WA Barnett government as a selfish rabble”. Next rally, #selfishrabble trended on Twitter and was accompanied by banners on the street. In the past week though, Andrew Bolt’s attack on the Darebin city council and the Yarra city council (who have recently voted to remove the celebration of “Australia Day” from their calendars as a mark of respect to Aboriginal communities) has led to a similar wondrous backfire.

    Bolt’s column was full of vitriol. Accusing the Darebin city council of “totalitarianism” and wiping out “our history” (the “Taliban left”? Really?), he particularly focused on mayor Kim Le Cerf – accusing her of being “sneering” while likening her leadership on this issue to that of Stalin and Mao. He also bemoaned the name change of John Batman Park, which Bolt stated Batman “bought from local Aborigines”. Never mind that Batman paid mainly in blankets and handkerchiefs, Aboriginal concepts of land ownership were different to those of Batman’s, forgery allegations have been raised over the Aboriginal signatures on the treaty and the governor of New South Wales ruled it void anyway.

    But exaggerations were not going to stop this column running. What the Herald Sun should have really rethought though was an uncredited cartoon designed to vilify the decision made by Darebin city council: a woman resembling Mayor Le Cerf (but also managing to resemble a number of local Aboriginal sovereignty activists) striking forward with a clenched fist, wearing a beret with a communist star done in Aboriginal colours and an Aboriginal flag in the background. It was adorned with the words “Cultural vandals gaining strength”.

    Next thing, lefties were calling for this image and its accompanying words to be put on T-shirts, plastered on billboards, printed as posters and put all over the city. If Bolt’s idea of a “cultural vandal” is a strong woman standing with an Aboriginal flag then frankly, we’re happy to run with it. The stories of this country have been dominated by conservative privileged white men for long enough and moments like these just show how fragile their identities and their grip on power really are.

    Let’s get real for a second here. Earlier this year, 50,000 people marched in Melbourne in protest of the celebration of Australia Day. It was not a “change the date” rally, as has been so often misreported by the media, but an assertion of Indigenous sovereignty, a questioning of the celebration of invasion and subsequent genocide and a massive act of solidarity from everyday Melburnians. As the Aboriginal population in Victoria falls well short of 50,000 we can safely assume that most of the people were non-Indigenous progressives marching in support. Considering the current elected composition of both the City of Darebin and the City of Yarra, we can also safely assume that a number of those marchers reside in these progressive councils.

    It’s more than this though. Councils are local government and they have a responsibility to represent their constituencies. Both of these councils contain within their borders strong histories of Aboriginal political struggles, and Darebin has the second highest number of Aboriginal residents of any metropolitan Melbourne council.

    The signing of the dishonoured treaty of Batman that Bolt mentions happened in one of these two councils. If people want to know some Indigenous history of the City of Yarra, all they need do is take a walk down Gertrude Street and along some side streets where they pass several significant sites such as pastor Doug Nicholls’ church and the original Victorian Health Service. In the City of Darebin, as well as numerous Aboriginal businesses and organisations, sits the Victorian Aborigines Advancement League – the oldest Aboriginal organisation in the country and marked by an impressive historical mural on St George’s Road.

    In addition to this history, both areas saw some of the first waves of post-war migration and due to this became vibrant, multicultural localities. All this considered, both the City of Darebin and the City of Yarra have represented their diverse constituencies in a respectful and appropriate manner – no matter how much others wish to pretend that all this culture and history doesn’t exist and we’ve all morphed into Australian flag apron-wearing, sausage-flipping ignorami.

    So while I personally feel a lot more work and truth-telling needs to be done nationally before we are even near ready to discuss a date change of Australia Day at that level, I applaud the City of Darebin and the City of Yarra for embracing their history at a local level. If recognising Aboriginal history amounts to “cultural vandalism”, then I know I’m proud of the councillors working in my area as I walk around the streets in my own Aboriginal flag-starred beret.


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    Lawyers representing asylum seekers are 'un-Australian': Bigoted Peter Dutton

    Lawyers representing asylum seekers trying to stay in the country are "un-Australian", Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has declared.

    Mr Dutton said the government had been frustrated by its constitutional responsibilities to asylum seekers, and lashed out at lawyers acting on behalf of those in detention.

    "These lawyers have been playing the game with these people who are willing participants and we're a generous nation, but we're not going to be taken for a ride," he told Alan Jones on 2GB radio on Monday.

    On Sunday, Fairfax Media revealed the Turnbull government planned to end income support for up to 100 Australian-based asylum seekers and give them just three weeks to find a home, a move Opposition Leader Bill Shorten described as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's "weakest move yet".

    Leaked government documents showed the Immigration Department will issue dozens of asylum seekers, who were transferred to Australia from offshore detention for medical reasons, with a new visa known as the "final departure bridging E visa".

    Under the new visa conditions, income support of about $200 a fortnight will cease on Monday and a three-week deadline to move out of government-supported accommodation will be imposed.

    "The medical assistance has been provided and there is no need for them to remain in Australia and yet through these legal moves, they've found themselves a way [to remain]," Mr Dutton said.

    "It goes back to your earlier remarks, Alan, about all the political correctness out there ... and it extends into some of our major law firms, where part of their social justice agenda is for pro bono work to be provided ... and it costs the taxpayer tens of millions each year."

    Asked whether the government couldn't simply pass legislation to force asylum seekers back to Nauru or Manus Island after their medical treatment, Mr Dutton replied: "Well, there's constitutional issues involved as you well know [and] we can't pass legislation to dispel with that difficulty of the constitution - so we defend these matters, we fight them in the courts, and it is incredibly frustrating."

    Mr Jones described the behaviour of lawyers representing asylum seekers as "unAustralian", to which Mr Dutton replied: "Of course it is."

    The Human Rights Law Centre, which represents many refugees and asylum seekers involved in legal battles against the government, bases most of its cases based on its clients' personal vulnerabilities and risks of harm on Nauru and Manus, rather than the constitution.

    "We're talking about women who were sexually assaulted on Nauru," the law centre's lawyer Daniel Webb said. "Men who were violently attacked on Manus. Children who were so traumatised by offshore detention that they needed urgent psychiatric care in Australia. The minister evacuated these people because he knew full well they'd suffered serious harm.

    "Some have filed cases on the basis that they would face further abuse, danger and harm if returned. The minister has never disputed those claims in court... instead he is trying to starve them out. He is cynically exploiting their vulnerability and trying to force them back to danger by making them destitute."

    The ACTU said it would campaign to let those affected stay in Australia.

    "This is a callous, cynical and cruel decision. It deserves scorn and condemnation. It will be resisted," president Ged Kearney said.

    "The decision is designed to take attention away from the Turnbull Government's self-inflicted wounds and declining popularity."

    Meanwhile, asylum seeker advocates have vowed to foot the bill for the 400 affected people, insisting they will not go back to Nauru or Manus Island as the government intended.

    The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre has pledged to house and look after about 200 of the refugees who are based in Melbourne, which it expects to cost up to $1 million over six months.

    "We're drawing on what little savings we have, and we're going to rely on the public to rally. We'll just have to find a way to find the money," chief executive Kon Karapanagiotidis​ said.

    "We cannot in good faith allow this government to starve families, babies, children. We're not letting these people be sent back to danger."

    In Sydney, Settlement Services International has given an in-principle commitment to assisting the affected asylum seekers, and will work with other local service providers with the aim of getting everyone housed.

    On the weekend, Mr Shorten drew a line in the sand on Labor's treatment of refugees, despite steering through changes at the 2015 Labor Party conference that saw the opposition commit to turning back asylum seeker boats if it wins government.

    On Sunday, he said kicking people off support was needlessly cruel and "really dumb".

    "It won't fix anything. It's just hurting vulnerable and sick people for the sake of it," Mr Shorten said.

    "These people should be eligible for settlement in the United States or other countries in our region – so they have a permanent home. This act has nothing to do with strong borders or stopping people smugglers. It's a weak Prime Minister trying to look tough. That's it."

    There are about 400 asylum seekers and their children living in Australia after medical transfers from offshore processing and, eventually, all of them may be subject to the tough new visa rules. The asylum seekers will be able to work until they leave the country.


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    Neo-Nazi youth group claims "sympathy" in western Victoria and holds radicalisation camp in the Grampians

    THE Grampians National Park has been used by a neo-Nazi group to hold a three-day ‘radicalisation camp’.

    Self-described Nazi group ‘Antipodean Resistance’ travelled to the Grampians some time before August 22 for the camp.

    Antipodean Resistance documented its camp via pictures posted on social media and a brief YouTube video.

    The video shows at least eight young men or teenagers hiking in the Grampians and what appears to be Halls Gap, and marching while carrying a flag bearing the Nazi swastika.

    Social media promotion

    Antipodean Resistance’s Twitter account posted its members “went on a 3-day hiking trip recently”, which was in conflict with the video’s title that declared the event a ‘radicalisation camp’.

    One Twitter user responded “little boys playing army. How cute”.

    The group’s website stated the Grampians trip was designed to test their ability to hike with minimal food and equipment.

    Antipodean Resistance has previously held combat training camps in the Dandenong Ranges and near Mount Beerburrum in Queensland.

    Some of the neo-Nazis wore military camouflage pants and jackets and carried backpacks similar to those used by the Australian Defence Force.

    Others wore jeans or hiking clothes with black leather boots or tennis shoes.

    The video had its sound removed and faces of the Nazi group members blurred before it was uploaded to the internet.

    Landmarks in Nazi video

    Throughout the video the neo-Nazis visit some of The Grampians most famous tourist spots, including lookouts over Wartook, Halls Gap and Lake Bellfield.

    The neo-Nazis also filmed themselves marching in Halls Gap itself and encountering its kangaroos and wallabies.

    The social media images have had one of the Antipodean Resistance’s logo superimposed over all the members faces.

    The logo features the Totenkopf, a skull and crossbones symbol used by the Nazi Waffen-SS during World War II, with an Australian cattleman’s hat on the skull.

    Camp documented on YouTube

    Fairfax Media was alerted to the existence of the video by a Grampians resident, who planned to report the video to the popular video-sharing platform’s administrators.

    The resident, who asked that his name not be used for fear of his personal safety, said the video was “horrible”.

    “How scary! How scary that they are radicalising in the Grampians,” he said.

    YouTube’s terms of service prohibit ‘hateful content’.

    “Our products are platforms for free expression,” YouTube’s community guidelines stated.

    “But we don't support content that promotes or condones violence against individuals or groups based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, nationality, veteran status, or sexual orientation/gender identity, or whose primary purpose is inciting hatred on the basis of these core characteristics.”

    As of Tuesday morning, the video had been viewed more than 500 times.

    Swastika graffiti

    The last few seconds of the video declare “This could be you! Join your local Nazis.”

    The neo-Nazis also placed swastikas on Parks Victoria signage in the Grampians.

    Parks Victoria Area Chief Ranger David Roberts urged park users to report all graffiti.

    “We’re disappointed to see this reported behaviour in the Grampians National Park,” he said.

    “Our rangers remove stickers and graffiti from parks and reserves, and we encourage the public to report any vandalism or inappropriate behaviour to Parks Victoria on 13 1963.”

    Melbourne-based group

    Antipodean Resistance has little available history prior to 2016.

    Its website was registered anonymous by a company in the United States in November 2016 and contains hidden text that declares “Hitler did nothing wrong”.

    The group has previously claimed responsibility for putting up posters at universities in Melbourne telling Chinese students they would be deported if they entered certain areas.

    The group has also uploaded images of its members putting up posters in Melbourne claiming legalising same-sex marriage would lead to paedophilia being normalised.

    Antipodean Resistance has been contacted for comment.

    ‘We believe in Adolf Hitler’

    An Antipodean Resistance spokesperson told Fairfax Media that the group was a serious neo-Nazi organisation.

    “We are a 'literal neo-nazi group' in that we believe in what Adolf Hitler stood for and we fight for the National Socialist cause,” the spokesperson said.

    “As for your implications that we embrace genocide, that is a very one-sided view of history.

    The spokesperson said the group chose to hold a camp in the Grampians “because it is a beautiful place”.

    “The nature is great, with fantastic views and it's a fun walk with many places to explore,” the spokesperson said.

    “We hoped to instill a greater appreciation of nature among the group and prepare them to deal with harsher conditions than most people are used to with their modern conveniences.”

    “Some participants were from Melbourne. Others were from elsewhere. You might be surprised at how many people in western Victoria are sympathetic to our views.”

    When asked if the group planned to hold any further events in western Victoria, the spokesperson said “you'll just have to wait and see”.

    Zero tolerance from police

    A Victoria police spokesperson said people had a right to express their beliefs but not to incite violence.

    “Victoria Police monitors intelligence from a range of sources relevant to any group that may pose a threat or risk to the community, and we are well equipped to intervene to ensure the community is safe,” the spokesperson said.

    “We respect the right of the community to express their views peacefully and lawfully, however, urging violence and hatred is not a form of free speech that the community, or Victoria Police will tolerate.”


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    Christian Man 'Trips, Punches And Tries To Rip The Hijab Off A Muslim Woman

    By Lucy Thackray - 30 October 2015

    A young Muslim woman was punched repeatedly by a ma
    n outside of a library, before the perpetrator reportedly turned a knife on a teenage witness who tried to help.

    The 21-year-old victim was attacked outside Melbourne State Library on Thursday, when a man punched her twice, tripped her over and tried to rip her hijab off her head.

    A 16-year-old Muslim boy rushed to her aid, intervening by pulling the young girl away from the attacker.

    However, the man allegedly threatened the teenage boy by brandishing a knife at his face.

    The perpetrator is still missing after fleeing the scene and anyone with information is urged to come forward.

    Police were called to the scene and an ambulance ‘took the young woman to hospital’ the Islamophobia Register claims.

    The man responsible is described as having a strong build with tattoos on his arm and chest. Witnesses say he was topless at the time of the attack.

    Victoria Police confirmed that a 21-year-old woman was assaulted at 1.10pm at Swanston Street and was checked by paramedics at the scene.

    The father of the teenage witness contacted the Islamophobia Register Australia to report the incident and seek help.

    The 16-year-old who intervened told Daily Mail Australia these types of attacks are ‘heart-breaking’ but it is crucial to stand up for what is right and not be afraid.

    ‘I just hate that this victim, her family and other Muslim youth will be scared to go into the city again even though it’s an amazing place,’ the young man sad.

    ‘There are always those racist people that destroy the multiculturalism that we have built as a community here in Melbourne.

    ‘I hope these attacks stop because it’s truly heart-breaking especially as I witnessed it.’

    ‘It truly is wrong and I’m so happy to see the true Australian people stand up to help the victims and Muslim community affected throughout these horrifying attacks.’

    The young man urged people who witness Islamophobic attacks to ‘stay strong and stand up for what’s right.’

    Mariam Veiszadeh, the founder of the Islamophobic Register Australia and a passionate advocate for Muslim rights, has praised the actions of the young man who stood up for the female victim.

    ‘We are very concerned about the welfare of both the woman who was viciously attacked and the young man who intervened who is clearly shaken up by the incident.

    ‘Every young lady has the right to walk in public, in whatever clothing she chooses to wear, without being attacked, assaulted, harassed or intimated.’

    ‘We would like to thank and acknowledge the young man who intervened as the standard you walk past is the standard you accept. And this attack is clearly unacceptable.’

    Disgusted members of the public have spoken out about the assault online.

    ‘This is what us Muslim girls have to deal with. This absolutely disgusting and frightening.
    The most scary fact is that I go to state library regularly and now I don't even know if I'm next?

    ‘Is this kind of Australia we live in? Where Muslim girls are afraid of stepping outside there house. "Free country"? Let us walk freely then. Bloody racist animals.
    Stop Islamaphobia,’ wrote one woman on Facebook.’


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    Australia softens Rohingya UN resolution to accusations of 'whitewashing'

    Bangkok: The Turnbull government has insisted on softening a United Nations resolution on atrocities against Rohingya Muslims despite mounting evidence that Human Rights Watch says amounts to crimes against humanity.

    In closed-door negotiations at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Australia has insisted the words "such violations and abuses" be replaced with the non-accusative "violence" in a resolution dealing with Myanmar's refusal to allow UN investigators to visit the strife-torn Rakhine state.

    Some member countries wanted a tougher resolution as horror stories continue to emerge about atrocities committed by Myanmar security forces and Buddhist vigilante mobs [terrorists] that have forced more then 480,000 Rohingya to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh.

    The exodus over the past four weeks is the largest movement of civilians in Asia since the 1970s and has created a humanitarian emergency in mega-refugee camps.

    Sources in Geneva say Australia argued it would be pre-judging the situation if the council called on the Myanmar government to end "violations and abuses" before UN investigators delivered their findings next March.

    The contentious line in the resolution, expected to be formally passed this week, now reads "expressing grave concern at the recent reports of serious human rights violations and abuses in Myanmar, in particularly Rakhine state, and calling for an end to violence".

    Human rights activists monitoring the council said the change watered down the gravity of abuses at the same time as Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi refuses to criticise her country's security forces.

    "It is important the fact-finding mission does its valuable job but it should not become an excuse to not do anything during an emergency such as what is unfolding in Burma [Myanmar] currently," a source at the council said.

    A spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs said "we consider it important we maintain appropriate lines of communication with Myanmar on a very challenging set of security, human rights and humanitarian issues and concerns in Rakhine state".

    But Emily Howie, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said while "it's important to maintain communication with Myanmar, where possible, this shouldn't be done by whitewashing the reality of the violence and abuse occurring on the ground".

    Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said last week she had refrained from condemning Myanmar's government "because I can see that Aung San Suu Kyi can't be blamed for what's happening. She has to be part of the solution, otherwise we will be going back decades in terms of Myanmar's growth and prosperity."

    Ms Suu Kyi has faced scathing criticism across the world and calls for her Nobel peace prize to be returned.

    Ms Bishop said the Rohingya crisis had been a "reality check".

    "It comes as a shock to see some of the press reports around the world," she said. "It has uncovered a very complex and complicated history in Myanmar."

    The spokesperson said Australia was "deeply concerned" by the violence in Rakhine and had called for an end to security operations, protection of civilians in accordance with international law and unfettered humanitarian access to affected areas.

    Australia is providing $20 million in aid through agencies to people affected by the crisis and has sent relief experts with an Indonesian team to the Bangladesh camps to help assess their needs.

    But human rights groups have called on Australia to cut military ties with Myanmar's army and stop peacekeeping training and other support.

    Rights groups have also criticised Australia for offering $25,000 to Rohingya refugees detained on Manus island to return to Myanmar.

    "Australia is all over the place on Myanmar," Ms Howie from the Human Rights Law Centre said.

    "On the one hand it's great to see Australia raise the concerns about the violence in Rakhine state with the human rights council," she said.

    "But that good work was seriously undercut by news at home that Australia is offering money to Rohingya refugees to return to that very same violence."

    Human Rights Watch has declared that violations committed by Myanmar's security forces - including forced population transfers, deportation, murder, rape and other sexual violence, and persecution - amount to crimes against humanity under international law.

    Myanmar's government has rejected UN accusations its military has embarked on a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya and says its security forces have been responding to attacks by insurgents.

    The Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper quoted Minister for Social Development, Relief and Resettlement Win Myat Aye as saying the government would manage the redevelopment of hundreds of torched Rakhine villages.

    The move is likely to raise concerns about prospects for the return of the refugees from Bangladesh.


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    Australia to continue military training in Myanmar despite ethnic cleansing allegations

    Australia will continue its $300,000 military cooperation program with Myanmar despite allegations the army there has led a campaign of "textbook ethnic cleansing" against Rohingya Muslims.

    A top UN human rights official criticised the nation's "brutal security operation" against the Rohingya population earlier this month.
    But an Australian Department of Defence spokesperson said it was working with the Myanmar military to "promote professionalism and adherence to international laws".

    "It is therefore important we maintain appropriate lines of communication with the Myanmar military to do this," the spokesperson said.
    "For this reason, our modest defence engagement with the Tatmadaw [Myanmar military] will continue, however we will review current and planned defence activities on a case-by-case basis."

    Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director of Human Rights Watch (HRW), criticised Australia's military cooperation with Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.

    "That's an absolutely appalling response to what is clearly now crimes against humanity that are being committed by the Burma army against the Rohingya," Mr Robertson said.

    The Rohingya are one of the world's most persecuted peoples, according to the United Nations, and hold no civil or political rights in Myanmar.

    Last week the United Kingdom suspended its own military assistance to the South-East Asian nation.

    "We are very concerned about what's happening to the Rohingya people in Burma … the military action against them must stop," British Prime Minister Teresa May said.

    "The British Government is announcing today that we are going to stop all defence engagement and training of the Burmese military by the Ministry of Defence until this issue is resolved."

    Australia could play 'honest broker', expert says

    But the head of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at ANU, John Blaxland, said ongoing engagement was the only way Australia would be able to positively change the situation in Myanmar.

    "Cutting off those ties is like cutting off your nose to spite your face," he said.

    "It's actually unhelpful because this is the only venue for engagement with the Burmese military on issues relating to human rights."

    After decades of junta-led oppression, Australia restarted military relations with Myanmar's military in 2013.

    Professor Blaxland, who served as Australia's defence attache in Thailand, said Australia could play the role of "honest broker" between Myanmar and the southeast Asian nations most likely to exert influence, especially Muslim-majority Indonesia and Buddhist-majority Thailand.

    But Mr Robertson disagreed, arguing Australia could not in good conscience continue military training.

    "This is literally whistling past the graveyard. Does engagement mean you get your hands bloody? Yeah, so time to think again," Mr Robertson said.
    Genocidal soldiers or future UN peacekeepers?

    One of the most recent Australian training programs was a 10-day "United Nations Peacekeeping Training Course" that ended on August 18.

    A week later, Rohingya insurgents attacked 30 police posts in northern Rakhine state, sparking the retaliation from the security forces and the subsequent exodus of Rohingyas.

    The army said about 500 people have been killed — at least 400 of them alleged insurgents — but human rights organisations report hundreds of civilians have been killed and 214 Muslim villages systematically burnt to the ground.

    The UN special rapporteur on the prevention of genocide told the ABC the violence in Myanmar appeared to involve crimes against humanity, and could possible meet the strict legal definition of 'genocide'.

    Myanmar is not Australia's only controversial defence cooperation program in the region.

    In 2014-15, Australia spent $2.5 million working with Thailand's military, which overthrew the democratically-elected government three years ago.


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    Children can be held for two weeks without charge under Australia’s new terror law

    “Terrorism” suspects as young as 10 could be detained for up to two weeks without charge under a new anti-terrorism law, Australia’s justice minister has confirmed.

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said if children were detained under the new law, there would be protections in place, such as having an adult present.

    New South Wales’ Premier Gladys Berejiklian said: “Unfortunately minors do get manipulated.

    “We need to make sure we take every step we can to prevent any violent acts from occurring.”

    WA Labour Premier Mark McGowan said: “Obviously if you don’t have this and if people are released they can go and destroy evidence, or even worse, they can go and detonate whatever material might have, so you have got to have proper precautions.
    “We are dealing with the civil liberties of terrorists and I don’t particularly care about the civil liberties of terrorists or potential terrorists, so I think these are appropriate safeguards or precautions.”

    The new counter-terrorism measures have sparked outrage among civil liberty and privacy groups.

    Justice minister Michael Keenan told the ABC it was “deeply regrettable” that children could be held under the new counter-terrorism law, approved by federal and state governments at a special Council of Australian Governments meeting in Canberra on Thursday.

    But he said ISIS specialised in the radicalisation and recruitment of children.

    Keenan confirmed the new legislation would apply to children “as young as 10”, but said minors would be subject to “an enormous level of safeguards”.

    “I’m very happy for these laws never to be used,” Keenan added, but law enforcement agencies needed to be given authority to deal with all situations when it came to national security threats.


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    We have to stop normalising relentless Islamophobia in Australia

    For Muslims in Australia, particularly hijab-wearing women and their children, Islamophobic attacks are all too common
    . It needs to change

    Terrorised, persecuted, stateless, homeless, and, until recently, without real international support – this is the plight of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority community being forced out of Myanmar.

    At the hands of the Myanmar military, more than 80 villages have been burnt, leaving ten thousands of Rohingyas fleeing daily and attempting to cross into a flooded Bangladesh.

    Amid perennial media coverage linking Islam to terrorism and radicalisation, little has been known in the west of the persecution of Muslim minority communities like the Rohingya.

    Like many displaced Muslims, the vulnerable Rohingya may face fear and resentment when they settle in new communities.

    If by chance some of the Rohingya find refuge in our lucky country, there’s a strong possibility they will be on the receiving end of the relentless Islamophobia experienced by Muslims, in particular since 11 September 2001.

    But just how serious a problem is Islamophobia in Australia?

    As an Australian-born, modern, educated, uncovered Muslim woman, I am acutely aware I come to this issue from a position of privilege, but sadly, also some experience.

    As a child of a migrant growing up in 1970s Australia, when the White Australia policy was still the policy of the day and “assimilation” was the buzzword, I, like many of my Italian, Greek, Asian and Aboriginal friends, tried to fit in, to become invisible to avoid the verbal and sometimes physical attacks that came mostly from the white kids at school. While being called racist names was hurtful and offensive, most of us shrugged it off and grew into reasonably confident, productive and, eventually, accepted members of the Australian community. Largely, it was thanks to the hard work and sacrifice of our parents.

    In those days little was known about Islam or Muslims, and our community was relatively small, so we were lumped into the “Johnny foreigner” category until we proved ourselves worthy of respect and acceptance, but we were not specifically targeted by politicians, populists or nationalists like Muslims today.

    Several independent reports show that while Islamophobia has risen since 2001, the majority of incidents have been directed at Muslim women and their children.

    In 2004, a report
    to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission by the Centre for Cultural Research at the University of Western Sydney to investigate Australian Arabs’ and Muslims’ experiences of post-September 11 racism, found sharply increased incidents of racism, abuse or violence against Arab and Muslim Australians. While 93% of respondents reported an increase in racism, abuse and violence against their community; one of the most notable findings was that women experienced significantly more abuse than men.

    A 2015 report “Islamophobia, social distance and fear of terrorism in Australia”by professors Riaz Hassan and Bill Martin from the University of South Australia found 10% of Australians describe themselves as highly Islamophobic, 20% as undecided and 70% as less Islamophobic. Focusing education and awareness efforts on those who consider themselves less Islamophobic holds the key to changing negative attitudes towards peace-loving Muslims, says Hassan.

    The Islamophobia Register Australia, set up by Mariam Veiszadeh in 2014, provided a platform to report, record and analyse Islamophobic incidents. Veiszadeh observed that while extensive research and resourcing had gone into understanding radicalisation (particularly Islamic radicalisation) and addressing it as a security and a social problem, Islamophobia was under-researched, under-documented and not widely accepted as a serious issue affecting social harmony. This was despite evidence suggesting it is one of the largest contributors to radicalisation among Muslims.

    The pressing need to tackle Islamophobia is evident in a combined Charles Sturt University and University of Western Australia report Islamophobia in Australia. It shows Muslim women, particularly hijab-wearing women and their children, bear the brunt of most Islamophobic attacks. Some 79.6% of victims are women and 47.7% of their children are direct or indirect targets. Most perpetrators are men, and the location makes little difference. Islamophobia doesn’t recognise the heterogeneous nature of Muslim communities and the disempowering impact these attacks have on Muslim women and children over other forms of racism. This disempowerment is often related to me by my hijab-wearing friends.

    One friend’s daughter was deeply traumatised while walking home. A car of young white men slowed down alongside her, shouted abuse, pulled out toy guns and pretended to shoot her. She arrived home pale and shaken, vowing never to leave the house alone again.

    In one of many other incidents, a friend’s four-year-old son told her he didn’t think he would grow up to become a father, because he was sure he would be killed before he got older. When asked why, he referred to a letter delivered to their home earlier that week. The anonymous letter (which he had overheard his parents talking about) was a death threat.

    Anecdotal evidence, the experience of friends and the findings of reports dating back to 2003 all highlight a mutual normalisation of Islamophobia in Australia that must stop.

    The Islamophobia in Australia report finds that victims are reluctant to report the all-too-regular crimes committed against them due to the inadequate response from authorities. And witnesses, who are more likely to report these attacks, still rarely intervene to stop the harm being inflicted.

    Muslims, particularly Muslim women, expect Islamophobic attacks as something they must endure to be a part of Australian society. Non-Muslims often accept Islamophobia as an inevitable, if regrettable societal phenomenon.

    Our leaders must take primary responsibility for reversing this normalisation. But we all have a role to play. An example of how we benefit can be seen in the support I had from professionals around the country to host a careers event for Muslim students who were allegedly asked to leave a Perth careers expo because some people felt uncomfortable by their presence. The resultant event showed students and teachers that they belong here and that everyone has a responsibility to speak against bigotry.

    For me, it was another reminder of the importance of committing to living a life in harmony with the values most of us hold dear – the values that make Australia, all of our Australia, great.


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    Holy Wars : How THE AUSTRALIAN targets and attacks its enemies

    Australian journalism’s freak show
    The targets-in-chief
    Rules of Engagement
    The war against Tim Flannery
    The man behind the Holy Wars
    The war against Gillian Triggs
    Yes, there’s also important journalism

    Australian journalism’s freak show: how a serious newspaper deals with its enemies

    Journalism is in crisis, we’re told constantly.

    But there’s another journalism crisis that has been disrupting and polluting the Australian media for more than a decade, a crisis that has nothing to do with broken business models, Facebook or the rise of so-called fake news.

    This is the crisis of how a serious national newspaper has, for at least a decade, waged vicious, personal, biased editorial Holy Wars against its ideological, political and commercial enemies in the name of “news”, “journalism” and “professional reporting”.

    And not just once or occasionally, but often and serially.

    Of course the technique of journalism Holy Wars — as we’re calling it in a 13-part series that starts today in Crikey — is as old as journalism itself. It was the red meat of William Randolph Hearst’s media empire that was captured so viscerally in the movie Citizen Kane, and it’s a device that has been practised with ruthless amorality by British tabloids for a century and by Fox News for two decades.

    But the crucial difference between other global attack-dog media and The Australian is that it purports to be a quality newspaper — one described by then-prime minister Tony Abbott at its 50th birthday dinner in 2014 as “one of the world’s very best newspapers … no think-tank, no institution, no university has so consistently and so successfully captured and refined the way we think about ourselves”.

    The Australian Holy Wars may appear to some people like an internecine media attack by one publication taking cheap ideological potshots at another. We beg to disagree.

    Over the next two weeks, Crikey will catalogue one of the ugliest and most insidious features of Australian public life: the permanent spectacle of one of the country’s handful of serious daily news operations abusing its power to conduct personalised vindictive editorial warfare dressed up as objective reporting.

    The behaviour of the “national broadsheet” towards its enemies is no dirty little secret. Almost all the players in politics, government, academia, science, media and policy know how it works. And every month or two they see it unfold, embarrassed, like watching a public flogging where you turn your head away. “Like a true narcissist, it lets its own interests, agendas and catfights affect the quality of the journalism in its pages,” says journalism professor Mark Pearson, who worked for the paper as a young journalist in the 1980s.

    But there’s a reason insiders rarely comment or complain about Australian journalism’s most distasteful freak show. They know that any of us could be next. Everyone in the Australian public space is on notice: if you cross us, or our proprietor, his family, our worldview or our business interests, you could become the next victim of an Australian Holy War.

    The targets-in-chief

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