The immigration debate that isn’t

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News & Commentary |

Immigration is what Australia has been built on and there is no indication that it will change soon regardless of recent dog whistling, writes Fotis Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the “fair dinkum” reduction of the migration ceiling from 190,000 permanent migrants to 160,000, last week. This announcement was cynical and far from ‘fair dinkum’,

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Community broadcasting goes global

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Russell Anderson the head of the National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters Council is thrilled about the new role of independent ethnic broadcasting and digital convergence on the even of the 2018 NEMBC Conference. Next weekend, the National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters Council, (NEMBC), is bringing together over a 150 ethnic and multicultural broadcasters at its annual

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Play On: Finding music and a new audience in an underground carpark

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Lydia Dobbin and her team in Play On began a minor revolution. They perform classical music by Xenakis, Mendelsohn and Britten and then follow it with a DJ who ‘navigates diverse genres and pivots towards the counter-culture’.  This concept is staged in underground car parks and other non-traditional spaces and was founded by Melbourne-based Dobbin and her co-conspirators,

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Julian Burnside on Tampa, Turnbull and the ‘unthinkably awful’ Peter Dutton

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Fotis Kapetopoulos speaks to Julian Burnside QC who will be delivering the annual Walter Lipmann Oration on Thursday, September 13 at the Melbourne Town Hall presented by the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria. It is a cold, wet and dark afternoon at the lawyers’ end of Melbourne’s CBD. The office of human rights advocate and barrister Julian

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Civilisation beaten in a brawl between left and right

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With friends like the former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who needs enemies? The proposed Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra has died in the trench warfare between the post-modern left and the new right. According to The Australian this week, the ANU’s incoming history department head, Professor Frank

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Eric Metaxas on Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World

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Eric Metaxas, author of Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World (Viking) greets me over the phone with “Yiasou Patritha” (health to your homeland). We Greeks carry ‘homeland’ on our shoulders. The New York based writer of Greek German background says, “I loved your An Atheist in Greek Easter,” about an old piece I sent him

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Meeting the Greens on the edge of the hipster divide

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Tomorrow, voters in the Melbourne federal electorate of Batman go the polls with Greens’ candidate Alex Bhathal squared off against the ALP’s Ged Kearney in what has been an intense and unpredictable campaign. The 66 square kilometre seat in the city’s northern suburbs has always been a Labor stronghold. Migrants and the children of migrants, such as writer Fotis

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