New senator’s inaugural speech on racism, White Australia policy slammed

New senator’s inaugural speech on racism, White Australia policy slammed

The inaugural speech made by Senator Fraser Anning in the Australian Senate on Tuesday night has been met with widespread condemnation, including by the Labor Party in NSW.
Acting NSW Shadow Minister for Multiculturalism Jihad Dib spoke at the first available opportunity in the NSW Parliament to reiterate that condemnation on behalf of NSW Labor and […]

Sensationalised reporting on Vic ‘African gang crime’ slammed

Sensationalised reporting on Vic ‘African gang crime’ slammed

The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) on Monday condemned sensational reporting and commentary around so-called ‘African gang crime’ in Victoria.
The Chairperson of FECCA, Mary Patetsos, said that media and politicians have a responsibility to deal with all community issues, including youth violence in Victoria, in a responsible manner.
“Our elected leaders, media and […]

Human rights groups in Sydney stage protest action on Boehringer’s deportation

Human rights groups in Sydney stage protest action on Boehringer’s deportation

Representatives of advocacy human rights groups went this afternoon to the Philippine Consulate office in Sydney to protest the imminent deportation of Professor Gill Boehringer.
 

The groups include Action for Peace and Development in the Philippines (APDP), Philippine Australian Union Links (PAUL), Migrante Australia, International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP), Association to Defend […]

Australian lawyer’s detention, threatened deportation from the Philippines condemned

Australian lawyer’s detention, threatened deportation from the Philippines condemned

Following the detention and threatened deportation of Australian lawyer Professor Gill Boehinger from the Philippines on Wednesday August 8, the Action for Peace and Development in the Philippines (APDP) issued the following statement.
Statement on the detention of APDP member Professor Gill Boehinger
“Action for Peace and Development in the Philippines (APDP) condemns the detention and threatened […]

Australian law professor to be deported from Philippines

Australian law professor to be deported from Philippines

Retired law professor Gill Boehringer was detained on arrival at Manila yesterday and told that he would be deported the following day Wednesday 10.30am AEST), allegedly because he participated in rallies against APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation).
“We call on the Duterte government to cancel this deportation order, and also ask Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to […]

Outgoing Race Discrimination Commissioner warns about ‘race politics’

Outgoing Race Discrimination Commissioner warns about ‘race politics’

The Filipino Australian community thanks Dr Tim Soutphommasane, the outgoing Race Discrimination Commissioner as an outstanding advocate of multiculturalism and a defender of human rights for all Australians in his role.
TFA Photo file: Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Tim Soutphommasane (third from left) at the Multicultural & Indigenous Media Awards 2016
Dr Soutphommasane warned about the emergence […]

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons features film on human trafficking

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons features film on human trafficking

MANILA – The Commission on Filipinos Overseas, Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (chaired by Department of Justice) and the Film Development Council of the Philippines observed on Tuesday July 31 World Day Against Trafficking in Persons with a Cineforum film “Across the Crescent Moon” at Cinematheque Manila.
Multi-agency coalition features advocacy film in World Day Against […]

Labor promises more nurses

Labor promises more nurses

A Labor Government will deliver hundreds more nurses in hospitals across NSW through new nurse to patient ratio, NSW Labor leader Luke Foley announced Monday which will bring hundreds more nurses to local hospitals and bring their staffing levels up to city ones.
Labor promises higher nurses-to-patients ratio [Photo: Facebook WSLH]
Mr Foley said a Labor government […]

By-elections. Waste of public resources?

By-elections. Waste of public resources?

With the so-called Super Saturday by-elections just about over, we’re wondering what the real benefits are to the public of this poll exercise other than their importance in the exercise of democracy.
July 28 byelections, previously called out a leadership test but now denied.
Hugging the headlines for weeks, the by-elections ultimately meant, as observers put […]

Citizenship fee change unfair, says FECCA

Citizenship fee change unfair, says FECCA

A Government decision to scrap concessions on the application fee for Australian citizenship should be reversed, the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia on Friday (June 8) said.
FECCA chair Mary Patetsos [Photo supplied]
The call by FECCA follows a decision by the Minister for Home Affairs, Mr Peter Dutton, to amend a regulation […]

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