Author Archives: andrew sam

Syrian nightmare continues for children

Australian aid worker Adam Poulter remembers the cramped apartment in Turkey where five Syrian refugee children rested each night on a grotty single mattress as their mother slept on the floor beside them. He remembers thinking about his own four children, curled up safely in their beds in suburban Melbourne. For the refugee family there was no money for medicine ...

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Apocalyptic erotica now: the allure of Islamic State online

By Jeff Lewis, RMIT University The suicide bombing death in Ramadi of Melbourne teenager Jake Bilardi has deepened public anxieties about the allure and reach of Islamic State (IS). Western governments, security agencies and citizens – Muslim or otherwise – seem bewildered by the power of IS and its capacity to recruit and radicalise young Muslims. Near daily media reports ...

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Belle Gibson’s wellness empire a ‘sham’: reports

A former Brisbane schoolgirl who claimed to have survived cancer due to a healthy lifestyle is facing accusations she fabricated the story to help develop a business. Belle Gibson, 23, founded an app called The Whole Pantry, which is marketed as the world’s first health, wellness and lifestyle app community. Ms Gibson was diagnosed with multiple cancers from 2009 but ...

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Urban Report: Wolli Creek residents in uproar over traffic congestion

Wolli Creek is fast growing into a modern mini-city, with high-rise buildings blessing its streets to accommodate the growing population of the St George area. But just like many other Sydney suburbs, the rapid growth of Wolli Creek has exposed a lack of planning in the area with the suburb experiencing constant high levels of traffic congestion and serious parking ...

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Push to de-radicalise Muslim inmates

Islamic leaders believe imams and sheiks should be sent into Australian jails to neutralise any radicalisation among Muslim inmates. Islamic Council of Queensland spokesman Ali Kadri said on Monday he would push for such a program to be introduced in jails across the country. Mr Kadri said he’d received information from intelligence agencies that a number of Muslim inmates had become radicalised ...

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Tania Mihailuk MP: ‘We should not judge women on their life choices but on the contribution they make to society’

Bankstown’s first female MP, Tania Mihailuk, has been representing a large population of Middle Eastern Australians in the community since her election into public office in 2004. As a working mother of three and wife, Ms. Mihailuk calls herself a feminist with traditional values and her vision for a progressive society is a hope to see more young Australian women ...

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Shisha café venues fight to survive

From 6 July 2015, the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000 will take full effect and all commercial outdoor dining areas in NSW, including hotels, clubs, restaurants and cafes will be smoke free. With less than six months to go before the new laws are implemented, local Sydney eateries and smoking houses are beginning to feel the grunt – particularly Middle Eastern ...

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Sebastian pumped over Eurovision spot

He was the first ever Australian Idol winner and now he’ll be the first ever Australian entrant at the Eurovision Song Contest. After weeks of speculation and conjecture, Guy Sebastian has been named as the artist who will represent Australia at Eurovision on May 23 in Vienna. “I’m pumped,” Sebastian said soon after Thursday’s announcement at the Sydney Opera House. “It beats the local ...

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Mortgage rates lowest since 1968

Home loans have dropped to their lowest level in almost half a century after the Reserve Bank’s surprise interest rate cut in February. Mortgage rates fell to 4.9 per cent after the cut, levels not seen since 1968 – the year Martin Luther King Jnr was shot in the United States and Hey Jude by the Beatles was at the ...

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Mike Baird: Life Behind Bars for Sex Offenders

People who commit the crime of sexual intercourse with a child under 10 will be facing life behind bars as part of a package of strong child protection measures announced by Premier Mike Baird and Attorney General Brad Hazzard today. “This is about protecting child victims of sexual assault and bringing paedophiles to justice,” Mr Baird said. “Included in the ...

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