Tony Burke: Citizenship bill changes most direct attack to multicultural Australia since abolition of White Australia Policy

Tony Burke: Citizenship bill changes most direct attack to multicultural Australia since abolition of White Australia Policy

Ed’s Notes: Yesterday morning Oct 9, The Hon Tony Burke MP delivered a speech about multicultural Australia and how it must be celebrated rather than attacked. Following was his keynote address at the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia (FECCA) Conference 2017 at the Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin NT. (To watch it, you can […]

Information commissioner calls for action as privacy concerns grow

Information commissioner calls for action as privacy concerns grow

Australians are concerned about online privacy, but are not using options already available to protect themselves.
That’s the key finding from a national survey released on Monday by the Australian Information and Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, who says both businesses and consumers “have work to do”.

The 2017 Australian Community Attitudes to Privacy Survey, released for Privacy […]

Privacy Awareness Week for 2017 launched, TFA joins as a partner

Privacy Awareness Week for 2017 launched, TFA joins as a partner

The Filipino Australian has joined the 2017 Privacy Awareness Week as a partner to assist in the PAW campaign, Emanila publisher Romy Cayabyab announced yesterday.
OAIC website displaying logos of PAW partners [Screenshot image: OAIC website]
The #2017PAW campaign, launched early last month by Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, will […]

PACF wipes out debt with $2.5M sale of Schofields property

PACF wipes out debt with $2.5M sale of Schofields property

The Philippine-Australian Community Foundation (PAFC) Inc. on Thursday announced that its property on Grange Avenue in Schofields has been sold for $2,500,000.
PACC building [Photo contributed by PACF]
Contracts were exchanged unconditionally on 17 July 2015 and a 10% deposit of $250,000 was paid to the agent, the announcement said, adding that settlement is due on […]

Outdoor dining areas now smoke-free in NSW, heavy fines apply

Outdoor dining areas now smoke-free in NSW, heavy fines apply

Smoking is banned in NSW commercial outdoor dining areas and within four metres of pedestrian access to cafes, licensed premises and restaurants.

Under amendments to the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000, smoking devices – including cigarettes, pipes and water pipes – are banned in seated outdoor dining areas while food is being served.
NSW Health inspectors have the […]

Will Abbott give in to proposed Section 18C changes to save his job?

Will Abbott give in to proposed Section 18C changes to  save his job?

In what is seen to be another challenge to Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s authority as Liberal party leader, some government backbenchers in the Senate were reported to cross the floor in support of a proposed softening of Australia’s Racial Discrimination Act by Family First Senator Bob Day.
Part of a peaceful rally in May 2014 in […]

Racist rant on Sydney train reinforces need to keep Section 18C, says John Robertson

Racist rant on Sydney train reinforces need to keep Section 18C, says John Robertson

NSW Opposition Leader John Robertson said yesterday that he was extremely disturbed by footage of a racist rant by a passenger on a train that has been widely circulated in the media. The incident, according to reports, occurred yesterday morning on a Sydney to Newcastle train when a woman passenger became angry at two young children when they didn’t give their seats up for her […]

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