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Statement: The death of Gough Whitlam

Statement: The death of Gough Whitlam Categories: Australasia, Media Releases     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Gough Whitlam was a towering figure in Australian political life, who brought Labor back to power after a long period in the political wilderness and, despite his short tenure as PM, made many substantial and significant initiatives and reforms in areas such as education, the arts, the environment,

Some take-out from Julia Gillard’s “My Story”

Some take-out from Julia Gillard’s “My Story” Categories: Australasia, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This week former Prime Minister Julia Gillard released her autobiography, My Story - detailing and justifying her experiences and decision-making during her three year and three day term as Prime Minister of Australia. It contains her personal account of Australia's developing relationship with the

The Last Word: The Darville in the Detail

The Last Word: The Darville in the Detail Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia, Terrorism     Author: Jeremy Jones

Twenty years ago, this writer, academics, media personalities and political and ethnic community leaders were, to use the language of the time, "debating Demidenko" - after the respected Miles Franklin Prize was awarded to a book, purportedly written by an Australian of Ukrainian heritage, which sym

Media Microscope: A media "seizure" Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

An AFP story claimed Israel was seizing "400 hectares of Palestinian land in the Bethlehem area in the occupied West Bank" and stated that it was part of "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's policy of settlement expansion on land the Palestinians claim for a future state," Adelaide Advertise

AIR New Zealand: Peculiar election leads to stunning victory

AIR New Zealand: Peculiar election leads to stunning victory Categories: Australasia     Author: Miriam Bell

Impassioned speeches, heated debates, jovial neighbourhood walkabouts, the peddling of grand dreams for the future... National elections tend to be rousing times, full of hope and opportunity. They also tend to focus the attention of the community on broader social issues, along with the challenges

The Last Word: Health Report

The Last Word: Health Report Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia     Author: Jeremy Jones

When Sheikh Tajeddine El Hilaly delivered a public address in Sydney in 1988 accusing Jews of unimaginable evils, responses came loudly and clearly. Government leaders, senior bureaucrats, journalists and religious figures had no hesitation in declaring his speech repulsive, repugnant and unacceptab

AIJAC response to the Canberra Declaration on Gaza

AIJAC response to the Canberra Declaration on Gaza Categories: Australasia, Documents, Israel, Media Releases, Middle East, Palestinians, Terrorism, United Nations     Author: AIJAC

71 current and five former members of Australian Federal and State parliaments, mostly Labor and Greens, but also Malcolm Fraser and some independents, have signed what they call the "Canberra Declaration on Gaza" (the Declaration), calling on "all Australian politicians to condemn the ongoing Israe

The Last Word: Propagation of Poison

The Last Word: Propagation of Poison Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Europe, Israel     Author: Jeremy Jones

In a march through Sydney streets which I had the misfortune to encounter, I saw children waving banners which both accused Jews of being as bad as Nazis and implying the Nazis were not so bad after all, observed Greens and Labor Party activists associating with placards and slogans supporting Hezbo

The Last Word: Oy, Jerusalem Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Jeremy Jones

Some years ago, I read an article in a major Australian broadsheet which described, in some detail, the alleged nefarious influence I exercised personally, and on behalf of Jewish Australians, over the Parliamentary Labor Party... Needless to say, the references to me and my lobby were the result o

Editorial: Rhetoric and Reality Categories: Australasia, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The June 25 announcement by Palestinian delegation to Australia head Izzat Abdulhadi that there would be no trade sanctions imposed by Arab and Muslim countries on Australia over the Government's position of refraining from referring to east Jerusalem as "Occupied" was both anticlimactic and to be e

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