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http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/hostility-to-muslims-greater-in-sydney-than-melbourne-20121025-288qq.html Autoplay OnOff Video feedback Video settings PUBLIC hostility towards Muslims is much greater in Sydney than Melbourne — by a factor of two to one — with immigrants far more dispersed across the Victorian capital, according to a major social survey. The findings show Sydney is home to a higher percentage of people born overseas than Melbourne, but they are typically poorer and concentrated in fewer suburbs than those in the southern state. The targets of racism in Australia have also changed — the Indian community is now most often singled out rather than the past focus on people of east Asian descent, despite official attempts in recent years to calm anger over a spate of attacks on Indian students. Read the full report via Brisbane Times

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Calls for an independent inquiry in Occupy eviction gather momentum

Two of Victoria’s leading human rights and justice organisations today endorsed calls made by the Occupy Melbourne Legal Support Team for an independent inquiry into the Occupy Melbourne eviction. The calls came on the back of the Support Team winning the prestigious Tim McCoy Award on Friday night, an annual Victorian award recognising outstanding achievement in human rights and social justice.
 
Liberty Victoria and the Victorian Federation of Community Legal Centres today welcomed the release of the Occupy Policing report and backed its call for an independent inquiry into the eviction of Occupy Melbourne protesters from City Square on 21 October 2011.
 
The President of Liberty Victoria, Professor Spencer Zifcak, welcomed the release of the Occupy Melbourne Report. ‘This is a well researched and cogently argued report that raises serious questions regarding the dispersal of…

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I Was forwarded this information today so i thought i would share it around the web.

Rally in Melbourne: End Indefinite Detention, End ASIO checks on Refugees

Friday, 25th May 12.30 – 1.30 ; Dept of Immigration, Casseldon Place (cnr Spring and Lonsdale Sts) Melbourne VIC

By: Refugee Action Collective

At least 56 refugees are facing indefinite detention after being declared a ‘security threat’ by ASIO. This includes two families with young children. They have no right to review or appeal the decision, nor do they have the right to know the grounds on which they have been rejected. Three Tamil refugees rejected by ASIO have attempted suicide in Broadmeadows detention centre. Alongside this mounting despair inside the camps, there is a growing chorus of outrage against this affront to natural justice. Join the Refugee Action Collective (Vic) in calling on the government to scrap ASIO checks. Refugees are threatened by persecution and danger, not a security threat. The government must act immediately to release the refugees into the community.

Link to Facebook Event Page for more information

Source: Refugee Action Collective (VIC)

The Canberra Registration Centre Location
Copland Building
The Australian National University (ANU)

Monday 15 Nov to Wednesday 1 Dec

Monday – Saturday
(08:00 am – 05:00pm)
Sunday
(12:00pm – 05:00pm)

The Sydney Registration Sub – Centre Location
The Waratah Room
Sydney Olympic Park Hockey Centre
Olympic Park Sydney

Parking is at (P4) on the map and trains stop at the Olympic Park station.
Mon 15 Nov to Wednesday 1 Dec

Monday – Saturday
(08:00 am – 05:00pm)
Sunday
(12:00pm – 05:00pm)

The Melbourne Registration Centre Location
Meaklim Pavilion
Melbourne Showgrounds
Enter by Gate 7
Leonard Crescent (off Langs Road)
Ascot Vale

Monday 15 Nov to Wednesday 1 Dec

Monday – Saturday
(08:00 am – 05:00pm)
Sunday
(12:00pm – 05:00pm)

For further details:

* Email ausinfo@iom.int
* Ring 1800 938 936 or
* Visit www.southernsudanocv.org

This morning i found out through one of my Sudanese Students that the registration for Southern Sudan Referendum voting has been placed on HOLD in Australia and the USA.

From what i am aware after speaking with a few other NGO’s and crisis hub, the reason for this is due to the fact that the Council are meeting to decide on whether they will open more registration centres in Australia and the USA. An urgent meeting is due to take place in the next 24-48 hours and the outcome of this will be made public and the voting registrations should then be opened.

I can only hope this is not a ploy of the north to yet again hamper efforts to hold this referendum on time. In the last few weeks, tensions have risen, Northern Bahr El Gahzal state has been bombed under “false pretenses” and reports of southerners returning to the south being abducted by northerns posing as local tribesmen.

My students today seemed very concered about this move to place the registrations on hold here and abroad. They do beleive that this could ultimately affect the holding of the referendum and without registering on time they will miss their opportunity to vote for a ‘New Sudan’.

I pray for freedom and liberties of my good friends and hope that peace can surely come to their land.

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