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Four Corners – 13/03/2006: Riot and Revenge

This is on tonight at 8.30; it should be very interesting.

One Sunday last December, 5000 Australians gathered at Cronulla, singing and waving the national flag as they “reclaimed” the beach. Fuelled by drink, the crowd became a mob, hunting down and beating anyone who looked Middle Eastern.

That night and the next, carloads of hundreds of young men of Middle Eastern descent headed for the beach suburbs to launch similarly random and savage acts of revenge.

The shocking TV images flashed across the world. At home, Australia’s ugliness was disowned as “un-Australian”. Political leaders called it a problem of law and order rather than racism.

So what should Australians make of the Cronulla explosion? Was it a nation-defining event that should sound the alarm about growing racial division? Or was it something less, a turf war, or a clash of tribes that some have likened to the ’60s rumbles between rockers and surfies?

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Posted by on March 13, 2006 in Australia and Australian, Cronulla and The Shire, culture wars, current affairs, events, fundamentalism and extremism, immigration, Islam, Multicultural, Political, racism, right wing politics

 

Welcome to the Newtown Precinct

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I now have a strange machine called a holter taped to me; it will record all my heart gets up to for the next 24 hours until I go back to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital to get it removed. Just outside the hospital I ran into, and spoke to, Professor Brian McCaughan, still very recognisable, who was a member of the Class of 1968 at Cronulla High, my first teaching post. I have of course heard of him, but have not seen him since 1968. That was nice. Kind of ironic though, given he is a member of the Australasian Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons, among other distinctions. Some of the most brilliant people I ever taught were at Cronulla High, but then the opposite was also true…

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Posted by on March 7, 2006 in Australia and Australian, Cronulla and The Shire, ex-students and coachees, local, personal

 

Paul Sheehan misses the point

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…Then the enforcer, Tony Abbott, brought the hammer down on Martin Pakula, the Victorian secretary of the National Union of Workers, who is part of the coup and was busy stacking Crean out of his seat.

Abbott: “Mr Pakula may be very appealing to Cambodian-speaking people, who are just 2 per cent of the electorate of Hotham but 30 per cent of the Labor preselectors of Hotham … he [Crean] still has the Greek branches but he has lost the Spanish branches, the Vietnamese branches as well as the Cambodian branches. I could not help but think, ‘Are there any Australians left in the so-called Australian Labor Party?'”

Opposition members interjecting.

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Posted by on March 6, 2006 in Australia and Australian, Cronulla and The Shire, culture wars, immigration, Multicultural, right wing politics, Tony Abbott

 

MuslimVillage Forums: Islam –"Fastest Growing Faith in Australia"#entry72159

poyntingThis forum* and its accompanying site are well worth visiting, especially given the hysteria that continues to infect the media, and thereby the rest of us including politicians competing for testosterone awards and votes. This particular page honours Scott Poynting who is, as you will see on that link, an ex-student of mine, I am proud to say. The occasion for the forum was the launch in 2004 of Bin Laden in the Suburbs: Criminalising the Arab Other by Scott Poynting, Greg Noble, Paul Tabar and Jock Collins, which I haven’t yet read, a follow-up to Kebabs, Kids, Cops and Crime (2000) which I have read and commend to all.

Bruce Elder (Spectrum, The Sydney Morning Herald 6 November 2004) — quoted on this forum — wrote of the new book:
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Posted by on February 10, 2006 in Australia and Australian, Crime and/or crime fiction, Cronulla and The Shire, culture wars, ex-students and coachees, human rights, immigration, Multicultural, right wing politics, terrorism

 

"Our shared, core values are but a myth underpinning this new racism" — SMH — Laksiri Jaysuriya

I have obviously found non-blogging insupportable, but I will be cutting back…

Today’s opinion piece by Laksiri Jaysuriya does raise an important issue. There has been no doubt about the ideological shift in multiculturalism as conceived by our present government which went out of its way in its first four years to avoid the term. See Revision or Ideological Makeover? Floating Life on “Face the Facts” for a clear demonstration of this.

Jaysuriya argues:
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Posted by on December 21, 2005 in Australia and Australian, Crime and/or crime fiction, Cronulla and The Shire, culture wars, human rights, immigration, Multicultural, Political, Postcolonial, racism, right wing politics

 

Howard out of touch on racism

This poll in today’s Sydney Morning Herald is so remarkable, and to me so encouraging, that I am breaking my break, if you know what I mean, to share it with you.
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Posted by on December 20, 2005 in Australia and Australian, Cronulla and The Shire, culture wars, immigration, John Howard, Multicultural, Political, racism

 

A la recherche du Sydney perdu

My politically incorrect recall of the Sydney of my childhood.

Ah, 1955, when I started at The Mine as an eleven-year-old! Sydney was great then. It had trams. It had trains that ran on time. Some of them had steam engines. My brother had a shotgun wedding; teenagers did that sort of thing then. Or some did. The Sutherland Odeon Cinema was at its height. There was no TV. The Argonauts Club was still on 2BL, and Blue Hills still kept everyone enthralled at 1 pm. Australia was busting at the seams with nine million people, not counting Aborigines who were of course not counted and couldn’t vote anyway. Balts and Dagos were just beginning to move into Sutherland Shire. That was a worry. Various no-hopers from the inner suburbs, where the criminals and what was left of the razor gangs lived amid smelly factories and smoky railway yards, sly grog shops, brothels and corrupt police, were being transplanted to The Shire and those mysterious blank spaces out near Riverwood.

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Posted by on September 10, 2005 in Australia and Australian, Cronulla and The Shire, History, immigration, Multicultural, personal, radio, reminiscing, Surry Hills