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Is Australia corrupt?

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November 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Minister called on to resign

Recently an Australian member of parliament was called on to resign for calling a government agency to get his son special treatment. The general Australian public does not like to … Continue reading

November 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Iranian refugee firefighter giving back to a sunburnt country

With both political parties insisting on calling asylum seekers who arrive on boats here without visas, ‘illegals’ in spite of international law, it is great to see the news reporting … Continue reading

October 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Losing our religion?

Are Australians religious? If not, why are our leaders promoting their religions in their policy making? Tom Burns’s writes about recent research that shows 22% of Australians indicated that they … Continue reading

October 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

It’s Aussie Football League grand finals time!

For the first time since the club’s inception 19 years ago, the Fremantle Dockers has reached the grand finals of the Australian Football League (AFL).  The AFL began as the … Continue reading

September 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

We have a new government

The people have spoken, we have a new government. Yesterday the Australian people voted for a change of government from the Australian Labor Party to the Australian Liberal/National coalition.  It … Continue reading

September 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Is Australia a secular society or not?

Today The Hoopla blog posted an article commenting on the reaction of people to our first Muslim member of parliament using the Koran to swear his commitment to (his) god, … Continue reading

July 3, 2013 · 1 Comment

A request…

Hello and a warm welcome to all my readers. I have now been running this blog for about six months and it’s going pretty well so far with people from … Continue reading

July 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

What, no cheating?!

Australians were astonished and surprised last week to hear that some Chinese families had actually locked in and threatened teachers for not allowing their children to cheat in exams. What? Of course … Continue reading

June 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Australia is going to Rio 2014!

Woo hoooo!  The Australian Socceroos soccer (or ‘football’ if you must) team  just beat Iraq 1-0 to qualify for the Soccer World Cup in Brazil next year.  I can’t wait … Continue reading

June 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Former Yothu Yindi frontman M Yunupingu dies aged 56 – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Internationally acclaimed musician, political activist and leader, and educator, M Yunupingu has died at home on 2 June 2013, in the Northern Territory. Yet another Aboriginal man claimed by kidney … Continue reading

June 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Are we really that racist?

By The Hoopla May 30, 2013 “Sometimes, whether it’s offhand, whether it’s deliberate, or in this case whether it’s a complete mistake, the hurt still is there…” Mistakes, brain fails, blunders, … Continue reading

May 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Australia Is An Example Of Effective Gun Control. America Is An Example Of Ignoring Australia.

View this satirical video that has now gone viral comparing Australia’s view of America’s gun laws with American lobbyists and politicians’ views.  We Australians just don’t get it. Related articles … Continue reading

May 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2013

Did you know that many Australians LOVE Indian films?  Check out the Indian Film Festival Melbourne which includes Bollywood and arthouse Indian film as well as a short film competition … Continue reading

May 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

positive new survey of Indian students in Australia

“75 per cent of Indians believe Australia is a stand-out destination for education…” Report in the Sydney Morning Herald by Daniel Filton about positive changes in Indian students’ attitudes to studying in … Continue reading

April 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Boston Bombings 15 April 2013

Australians thinking of everyone over in Boston. Peace. Go to the Hoopla for Australians’ comments on these events.

April 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Australians don’t know how lucky they are | Paola Totaro | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

Is Australia still the “lucky country” or is life here getting harder and harder?  Read this article from the British newspaper, the Guardian, and see what it British journalist Paola … Continue reading

March 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Commentary from the Australian newspaper on the Second Australia India Youth Dialogue conference and its implications for both India and Australia. Youth holds key to vibrant Australia-India relations Related articles Beyond Commonwealth, … Continue reading

March 24, 2013 · 1 Comment

Why we don’t need Michael Palin’s ‘Brazil’

This Australian article, Why we don’t need Michael Palin’s ‘Brazil’, explores British presenter, Michael Palin’s* series on Brazil which draws on all the old stereotypes and fails to look at the … Continue reading

February 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Creepy white guys

Read this article in the Daily Post about some Australian men’s attitude to dating Asian women online at Creepy white guys. Please realize that not all Aussie men are like this! I’m just trying to … Continue reading

February 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Are we ashamed of Australian culture?

Read the article in Daily Life, my latest blog find on Australian Life – Are we ashamed of Australian culture?. It’s all about what we call the ‘cultural cringe’ where (anglo) … Continue reading

February 22, 2013 · 3 Comments

Malaysia deports Senator Nick Xenophon, deeming him enemy of the state | News.com.au

Malaysia deports Senator Nick Xenophon, deeming him enemy of the state | News.com.au.

February 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Malaysia set to deport Australian senator – Al Jazeera English

Malaysia set to deport Australian senator Nick Xenophon, who planned to meet opposition officials, detained at Kuala Lumpur airport, prompting Australian concern. Last Modified: 16 Feb 2013 15:31 Xenophon was … Continue reading

February 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Korean media: attacks in Australia are racist – Al Jazeera Blogs

Two views from Koreans on assaults in Australia written by Andrew Thomas for Aljazeera Read the article here  Related articles Australia Day in Seoul, South Korea (thomassherlock.com) Nuclear test puts … Continue reading

February 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Jakarta Post on Australian multiculturalism

Your letters: Multiculturalism in Asia | The Jakarta Post. Unless Australia is included as an Asian country, there is no legally or government supported multiculturalism in Asia…

February 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Indonesian – Australian relations – Jakarta Post article

Indonesian – Australian relations Indonesia-Australia: Love thy quirky neighbors Endy M. Bayuni, THE JAKARTA POST, SYDNEY Blood may be thicker than water, but physical proximity oftentimes is far more important … Continue reading

February 6, 2013 · Leave a comment