Author: mahmad

Vatican’s dialogue delegation meets interfaith leaders

An official delegation from the Vatican visited in September to observe the fruits of dialogue with world religions here in Australia. As representatives of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID), their main task is to advise Pope Francis on the Catholic Church’s attitudes, teachings, dialogue and initiatives regarding building bridges of peace together. The Pontifical Council Delegation have explicitly called their visit a “pastoral visit”, to both encourage and learn, and to offer advice from the global Catholic Church on peacemaking through interreligious dialogue and listening. The delegation was headed by Bishop Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot MCCJ, Secretary of PCID, an expert...

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Multicultural Australia and Modern Australia same thing: Tony Burke

In late August, shortly after the Liberal’s ousting of Malcolm Turnbull as Australia’s Prime Minister, Labor’s Tony Burke MP, granted Manarul Islam, representing AMUST, an exclusive interview. Mr Burke is the Federal Member for Watson, which includes Sydney suburbs of Bankstown, Lakemba, Canterbury and Strathfield and, amongst other positions, is the Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Australia.  AMUST: How does Labor differ in its policies and approach towards minorities and the multicultural communities compared to the Coalition and others parties. TB: I never accepted that multicultural Australia is somehow a minority. Multicultural Australia and modern Australia are the...

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Richard Di Natale on Greens and Muslims

In late June, Senator Richard Di Natale, Federal Greens leader, granted Manarul Islam, representing AMUST, an exclusive interview in his offices at Parliament House in Canberra. AMUST:  What is your view on the approach some political parties take on targeting Muslims and other minorities. RDN: Well there’s no question that Islamophobia is on the rise. Muslims are an easy target and that the political parties of different persuasions attack Muslims because they see political advantage in doing it. It’s not just in Australia – although in Australia there’s been a significant shift. I mean One Nation represents obviously the...

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New Aussie Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

The Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, announced that the new Ambassador to Saudi Arabia will be Mr Ridwaan Jadwat. Mr Jadwat is a career diplomat and is a Muslim-Australian.  He will also have non-resident accreditation to Bahrain, Oman and Yemen. “Australia’s relationship with Saudi Arabia is built on strong commercial ties, shared regional security interests and engagement in international groupings,” she stated. “Saudi Arabia is Australia’s second-largest trading partner in the Middle East, with two-way goods and services trade reaching almost $2.39 billion in 2016–17. Saudi investment in Australia was worth $3.9 billion in 2016.” To indicate how deep the...

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Forum: Islamophobia a reality

The Taj Agra restaurant in Dickson, ACT, was full to the brim as the well anticipated forum on Islamophobia commenced proceedings over dinner on Monday 16 April 2018. Titled Islamophobia: Myth or Reality, the event was booked out almost a week before the date and other potential guests were told that they could attend if there were cancellations. Welcoming the guests was Mohammed Ali, President of Forum Australia, the organiser of the event. The Master of Ceremonies was no other than Harry Oppermann, a well known figure in the multicultural and interfaith communities, who, throughout the night, included his...

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