• Far Right-Christian Jihad – Why we should be worried in Australia

    Open Forum     |      July 27, 2011

    There is a growing movement in Australia that equates fundamental Christianity with hatred of the Federal Labor government.

    We have heard of the shocking events in Norway as a Christian fundamentalist bombed a government center and perpetrated a shooting attack on a nearby island holiday camp that together left at least 70 people dead.

    The acts of this extremist, with admitted links to far-right/neo-Nazi cells, has by his actions copied Islamic extremists, in fact almost making common cause with them. 

    The big difference with this attack was that this terrorist did not just target random people, like on Sept 11 or in the Bali Bombing. He targeted members of the Norwegian Labour Party only – especially it’s youth wing and its central office. This is a sobering issue for political debate in Australia – these people where killed because of their moderate, mainstream political beliefs.

  • Bringing up a Daughter! Islamic Perspective and Muslim Societies

    Open Forum     |      May 30, 2010

    Bringing up a Daughter!
    Islamic Perspective and Muslim Societies

  • Living the American dream

    Open Forum     |      April 29, 2010

    Its 4 O’ Clock in the morning when the alarm rings, Piedad’s ride will be coming by 5am, this gives her an hour to leave food ready for her children and get ready for work. By six, she will be arriving for her first shift at the IBM Factory in Palatine, Illinois, a suburb outside Chicago.

    “Life for an illegal Mexican in United States can be rough”, says Piedad Morfin Martinez, now a 73 year-old woman.  She moved to United States when she was  23 years old, back in the early sixities. At 7-months pregnant, she had her two and five year-old daughters, one in each hand. “It was the Nogales border”, she remembers.  After a long day they finally arrived to Tucson, Arizona. They still had a 35 hour bus ride ahead, Chicago was the destination. “My comadre was waiting for us”, she said.   

  • Car Accidents and Speeding

    Open Forum     |      January 28, 2010

    I am not an expert of any form however I have been thinking on this for many years. You see my brother died many years ago in a car accident and over the years I have heard of so many tragic stories.

    It seems to me that technology has improved so much especially in the last few years and yet we don’t seem to be utilising it in respect of the road toll.

    The latest innovation I have heard of is about GPS. Apparently nowadays they can not only provide us with our current location but also inform us of up to the minute road conditions.

    My question: why doesn’t some intelligent being utilise this technology and provide a computer system installed in a vehicle with localised speed limits which are then fed into a speed limiter so it becomes extremely difficult for anyone to speed on our roads.

  • Remedy Healthcare and Health Reform

    Open Forum     |      January 14, 2010

    This speech was presented by John Meckiff at the GAP/ACHR Congress on Australia’s Health on Monday 30 November 2009.

  • Salvation

    Open Forum     |      October 13, 2009

    When walking along the downtown street, do you hear the guys playing instruments in some corners? Or do you notice the guys who are swiftly washing the windshields of cars waiting for the traffic lights when passing by a cross junction? They are homeless people living in cosmopolitan Sydney.

  • The Seven Lies of Kadeer

    Open Forum     |      September 25, 2009

    The July 5 riot that happened in China’s Xinjiang led to 184 dead, about 1,680 wounded, and many public facilities being were destroyed. Among the death, 137 were Han, 46 were Uygur and 1 was Hui. The deadly riot also brought Rebiya Kabeer,  Rebiya Kadeer leader of World Urghur Congress (WUC), into spotlight. China believes the WUC were the planners and instigators of the riot. 

  • How History Has Been Erased in China

    Open Forum     |      September 18, 2009

    Glorious as China’s 60th National Day may be, people the world over still remember the image of a single defiant protester halting a convoy of tanks in Beijing Tiananmen Square 20 years ago.

    But Chinese youngsters born in the 1980s may not, owing much to the government’s control over domestic media.

    Heavily influenced by the western media, Chinese youngsters will probably not get an objective view over this historical event. Thereafter, they may be used by some as tools for an anti-China purpose. If this is not what people expect, why cannot they be given the chance to have their own interpretation with all-round information?

  • A Tsunami of Silence

    Open Forum     |      September 14, 2009

    Hello everybody and welcome to your audition for the seven o’clock news.

    Here’s our first applicant; Omar from Sudan.

    So Omar, what’s your story?

    Hunger you say?

    No, I’m sorry, hunger is getting so very old, but please come back and try again if anything of greater news value should happen to you.

    So thank you for coming Omar, and of course good luck with your starving, HIV-positive, homeless, refugee family.


  • New opportunities in a carbon economy

    Open Forum     |      February 10, 2009

    Why has the Rudd Government been so dismissive of the potential of biochar and other new green carbon technologies which offer enormous economic and environmental benefits? 

  • Room for Public & Private Providers

    Open Forum     |      January 13, 2009

    Transparency and ending the ideological battle is the way forward.

  • Childcare at the Crossroads

    Open Forum     |      January 12, 2009

    While I don't doubt the Government‘s commitment in preventing the loss of any further childcare places, I am concerned that there seems to be little planned beyond March 31, when its second prop-up of $34 million expires.