Author: Zia Ahmad

Family, feast and festivity at the Multicultural Eid Festival & Fair 2017

The 34th annual Multicultural Eid Festival & Fair (MEFF) welcomed tens of thousands of people from the Australian Multicultural community at Fairfield Showground on Sunday 9 July 2017 in Prairiewood, Sydney. As one of the most anticipated events on the multicultural calendar, MEFF is the first, the largest and the longest-running Eid Festival in Australia, serving the community for over 30 years. The event was a tremendous success with  record crowds attending, around 130 interesting market and international food stalls, thrilling rides, entertainment and a life size baby dinosaur, Tarek the T-Rex! The life size animatronic baby dinosaur was...

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Islamophobia in Australia Report Launch

A comprehensive 100 page report on Islamophobia in Australia covering the period of 2014-2016 was launched on Monday 10 July in Melbourne and on Tuesday 11 July in Sydney. Some of the key highlights of the report included: Australian Muslim women who ventured out on their own were almost three times more likely 
to face harassment of an Islamophobic nature. More than half of the female victims had their children with them at the time of the reported incident. Most reported physical assaults occurred in NSW (60%) and VIC (26.7%). 48% of offline attacks occurred in crowded spaces that were...

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Concern on human rights violation in Bangladesh

Suprovate Sydney, the Bangladeshi newspaper organised a community discussion on “Position of Bangladesh on World Human Rights gauge” at an Iftar on Wednesday 31 May at Grameen Restaurant in Lakemba. The event was attended by Bangladeshi community and media persons of all shades and opinions as well as representatives of  a number of community organisations based in Sydney. The chief guest at the event was Kazi Reazul Hoque, Chairman of National Human Rights Commission, Bangladesh who was on a short visit to Sydney meeting members of the Australian Human Rights Commission and its President, Professor Gillian Triggs. The audience...

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AMUST gains strength, stability and quality

With the special AMUST July 2017 issue # 140 we have entered into the fourth year of its publication. During the last three years, AMUST has shown great progress and maintained consistency and punctuality in its dissemination, production and distribution processes. AMUST is now recognised as a quality publication with original articles exclusively written for AMUST by our diverse team of writers, presented with high-quality images and graphics. The print editions distributed all over Australia have now been supplemented with e-Newspaper sent to a growing number of on-line subscribers in Australia as well as overseas. In addition, AMUST e-Newsletter...

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Mohamed Khadra awarded Order of Australia AO

At the Queens Birthday 2017 honours announcements made on Monday 12 June, Professor Mohamed Hasan Khadra was made an officer (AO) in the General Division in recognition of his distinguished service to medicine in the field of urology as a surgeon, clinician and mentor, to rural and remote medical education, and to literature as an author and playwright. He will receive the Order of Australia AO award formally in the ceremony to be held in September later this year. Following a highly unique career path, Mohamed first studied a couple of years of Dentistry at the University of Sydney...

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