Australia - my Australia - is a place where I grew up embracing multiculturalism. I knew nothing else. A baby-boomer and all my mates at primary school were New Australians, as we called them then. Their parents had fled a war torn Europe to a country that was as far from their shell-shocked motherlands as it was possible to be.
I have never checked my Aussie smoked salmon for that rotten little Arab sign denoting halal certification. But there it was, that little circled bit of calligraphy (which probably says ‘sucked in’) was on my Tassel Tasmanian smoked salmon. I mean seriously, HTF can a fish be halal? Does the damned boat need to be facing Mecca when you're gutting the bloody thing?
With an eye on mid-term elections in November and the possibility of losing the Senate as well as Congress to the Republicans, will Obama take up arms against his favoured faith? It’s doubtful.
“I refuse to use the term ‘State’ it is not a legitimate ‘State’ it is clearly a death cult”, said Tony Abbott in genuine anger. An apparently reasonable assessment that will naturally be ignored by media but is the title “Islamic State” so offensive to Abbott because of the word “State” or because of the word “Islamic”? Hmmm.
Small politicians have small hands, small fingers, small feet, small everything actually, so how can they be expected to have large brains? When Campbell Newman was drafted from Brisbane Council to lead the LNP to an election when he didn’t even hold a Legislative Assembly seat, it was not so much a mark of his potential, but more a condemnation of who other than Newman the LNP could offer up as Leader.
In the “Desert Shield” Gulf War of 1990, George Bush Senior stopped at the border after chasing the cowardly Iraqis out of Kuwait. He resisted the hawks’ demands that he march on Baghdad, but George Junior had other ideas and in a knee jerk rage in 2003 he decided on an Iraqi regime change. That decision which resulted in his “Mission Completed” farce is the reason for the current Iraq chaos.
Pickering Post reported last year that Graeme Paul Hancock, 31, had been released from prison where he had served five years for the sexual assault, including rape, of three children aged five, seven and nine.
Toasted cheese with a dollop of Vegemite was my favourite late night snack, but I leave off the Vegemite now that it’s owned by the American company Mondelez International and sports a little “Halal Certified” notice. No worries, my Aussie owned and made Bega cheese still bubbled under the griller while the jug boiled for a strong cup of tea.
Abu Hamza al-Masri, an imam at the Finsbury Park mosque in north London, was convicted on 11 counts of terrorism and taking 16 hostages in Yemen in 1998. He left three Britons and an Australian dead.
So good ol’ Bob Hawke had a predilection for getting his gear off? Hmmm, tell us something we don’t already know. Bob always thought it looked better out after a few beers and the stories are many and quite comical, particularly those emanating from my old drinking hole, the ANU Bar at closing time, which was any time the next day.