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Australian poem 2008 series #15 — John Shaw Neilson "The Orange Tree"

Perhaps recent events have brought this poem to mind…

John Shaw Neilson (1872-1942) is one of the most delightful figures in Australian poetry.

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Posted by on May 30, 2008 in Australia, Australia and Australian, creativity, OzLit, poets and poetry

 

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People who don’t speak Muslim and Q&A last night

The class act last night on Tony, Tanya and Bob was the guy in the audience who said “I’m married to a Muslim, so I speak Muslim; welcome to my world, and a good place it is too!” Not such a class act was Tony Abbott’s “throw-away line” — actually a deep insight into what passes for a brain inside the Abbott skull — saying the NSW Department of Education was the “atheist school system” — harking back to all those furphies that passed for fact under the Howard government about state schools being “value-free zones”, something I ranted about at the time. Tony was however defending the equal right of Muslim parents to establish Islamic schools if they so desired, as have Catholics and others, and that aspect of his message at least was some kind of contribution, in line of course with Cardinal Pell’s recent call for a fair go for Muslims.

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Posted by on May 30, 2008 in Australia, Australia and Australian, current affairs, education, Islam, Multicultural, multicultural Australia, multiculturalism, pluralism, Tony Abbott, TV