We began our Australian outback adventure on a cold autumn morning. From country Victoria we headed north-west to South Australia. It was a change we needed after a few months of the daily grind in Sydney or Melbourne. We drove over 550 kilometres before we arrived at Lake Albert in the town of Meningie just … Continue reading Wind of Change – Lake Albert SA
Happy 2018! Summer has well and truly landed Down Under. As the temperature reaches 30°C, many flock to Australia's favourite outdoor spots - from the beach to the river - to socialise, sunbath and have a cool splash after the heat gets too much. Recently, I was invited to a close friend's birthday party on … Continue reading Party on the Hawkesbury
History was made yesterday. Over 30k people marched in Sydney to show their support for marriage equality. It is the biggest turnout in Australia's LGBTIQ rally history. The YES Rally was a response to a controversial and expensive postal survey, which costing the taxpayers $122 million, to gauge the support for legalising same-sex marriage in … Continue reading YES Rally for Marriage Equality
Hundreds of activists protest in Sydney against President Trump's hardline policies on immigration and Australia's inhumane treatment of asylum seekers who are held up in offshore detention camps.
Let's kick off 2017 with the inspiring Women's March Movement. At the Women's March on Sydney, I speak with those who march for human rights. I also come face to face with President Trump's supporters. The 45th US President is indeed a devisive figure. Video produced by Fairuz Ibrahim https://www.facebook.com/sttalkmedia/videos/1556976657657478/
So, who are Anonymous for the Voiceless. I speak with one if its members and find out about their mission and tech-savvy activism style called Cube of Truth.
Broken promises NSW State Government's contribution in funding its public libraries is the lowest in the country. It currently contributes only 7 cents out of every dollar of costs. In the run up to the 2011 NSW state government elections there were various undertakings made by the then opposition, Liberal-National Coalition, to increase funding. According … Continue reading NSW Public Libraries Funding Crisis
When the NSW government announced its proposal to sell-off public housing in Millers Point and The Rocks area it sparked a public outrage from residents, tenants advocacy groups and the local council. The announcement was made on March 19 and according to the media release issued by MP Pru Goward, Minister for Family and Community … Continue reading Public housing residents relocation – “They are about mobilising high value real estates” expert says.
As the asylum seeker debate continues to dominate Australia's political landscape, the voice of the people who seek asylum is rarely heard. Often their method of arrival becomes a topic of discussion while their plight is sidelined. This short documentary is about the plight of the Hazara people. Predominantly from Afghanistan, large Hazara communities are … Continue reading Hazara
2013 marks the 41st anniversary of the diplomatic relationship between Australia and China. China has become Australia's two-way major trading partner with trade valued over $100 billion. But long before 1972, the relationship between these two nations was built not by politicians but rather by ordinary Australians. They changed the makeup of Australian society as … Continue reading Australian Love Story
A decision made by the High Court of Australia recently in the Bugmy vs The Queen marks a step towards reducing the number of Aboriginal Australians in prison. The court ruled that the experiences of aboriginal people must be considered before handing down sentences. The Australian Institute of Criminology's Deaths in custody in Australia to 30 June 2011 … Continue reading Over representation of Aboriginal Australians in prison
Recently a NSW Parliamentary Committee recommends that cannabis be legally allowed for terminally ill patients after it receives over 100 submissions from the public. The NSW Council for Civil Liberties, CCL, is one of the organisations that makes a submission to the committee. This podcast is a Q&A with Stephen Blanks, the secretary of NSW CCL. … Continue reading Marijuana legalisation for medical use
“The towel dropped from his waist and he took his hardening penis in one hand and told me – calmly, slowly, confidently – what he was going to do with it. I became ageless and mindless.” The audience in the Sydney Theatre - Richard Wherrett Studio hung on Emily Maguire’s every word as she read … Continue reading Bad girls, good writing
The Baha'i Faith is a relatively new religion, and has a global following of around six million people. Although a minority group, the Baha'i community in Australia is vibrant and active. However this is not the case in Iran, where Baha'is have been persecuted by the government for many years. Two worlds apart looks … Continue reading Two worlds apart – Baha’i
Graffiti and Street Art is evolving from its illegal and perhaps misunderstood beginnings. Once seen as an act of rebellion, its presence in the urban landscape is now celebrated. One Sydney graffiti artist epitomises that transition and he is not looking back. Up-close with Phibs Phibs got into graffiti as a schoolboy. “At the time it was … Continue reading Once a rebel