Funny how everyone on both sides he was one of the best PMs ever yet forget his stance on Islam was spot on then and more so now....
🇦🇺 Prime Minister John Howard 🇦🇺
"Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia , as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks."
Separately, Howard angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying he supported spy agencies monitoring the nation's mosques. Quote: 'IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT. Take It Or Leave It. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali , we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians.'
'This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom'
'We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society . Learn the language!'
'Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.'
'We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us.'
'This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom,
'THE RIGHT TO LEAVE'.'
'If you aren't happy here then LEAVE. We didn't force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU accepted.'
Maybe if we circulate this amongst ourselves, American and Canadian citizens will find the backbone to start speaking and voicing the same truths.
My family was forced into exile from Sudan because my father was a political journalist, so we moved to the United Arab Emirates, where I grew up. Then, when I turned 17, my parents sent me to Adelaide to go to university. But after a year of study, I went back to Sudan to visit my grandmother and on the day I left, I was arrested at the airport and conscripted into the army for nearly six months.
I’ve blocked out nearly everything that happened to me at that time, and that has probably kept my sanity. What I do remember is being loaded into a truck with a few other children, some as young as fourteen. They broke our spirits by beating us, and tried to brainwash us into blind obedience. The food was very poor, mainly corn flour and rice crawling with worms and maggots. We often went barefoot, and had no real uniforms. They gave us rifles, but most of us fired with our eyes closed. There weren’t even enough bullets for everyone. In the end, I got injured pretty badly. My right arm was grazed by a bullet and both bones in my left arm were shattered, and after that, I was in such intense pain that I only remember what happened after that in blinks. One blink it was daytime, the next blink was night. It was like that for weeks.
Eventually, I was saved by an uncle who has since passed away. I owe my life to him. I didn’t know how he found me, but one day when I woke up, he was there by my bedside. He must have bribed a few people. After that, I flew back to Australia hidden in the back of a cargo plane.
Since then, I’ve done a Bachelor in Psychology, and a Masters in Refugees and Forced Migration. I’ve had a variety of jobs, including as a refugee healthcare worker, a caseworker with asylum seekers for the Australian Red Cross, and as a Torture and Trauma Counselor.
I’ve also been a stand-up comedian for nearly 11 years now, doing observational routines. I talk about the cultural differences between Australia and Africa, and my aim is to be funny, but also educational.
Now, I’m about to go and work as a torture and trauma counselor on Manus Island. The island hosts only men and no families, so I imagine they feel very isolated. I hope I can use my own life experience to help. I feel it’s given me a broader understanding of the issues they are facing, and an enhanced sense of empathy. I know exactly what it feels like not to know what the next day will bring.
That’s the thing about being Sudanese, there’s a deeply held belief that we’re not promised tomorrow. Life is so fleeting in our eyes, so we need to seize the day.
Today is a big day, today I can tell you that I have a NEW JOB!
ARE YOU EVEN READY FOR THIS?!
I will be hosting breakfast radio on 2Day Fm Sydney this year! Well not just me, Harley Breen too!
That's right, The Em Rusciano Radio Show with Harley Breen has been called up to the big leagues and we're ready. If you're not in Sydney you'll be able to live stream us and or podcast us, so don't even worry your heads about it.
How am I feeling about going back to breakfast radio? Well, I intend on approaching it as Liz Hurley approached Shane Warne: with a sense of fun and forgiveness and an eye for positive changes!
We start on the 23rd of Jan, prepare your ears Sydney this is going to be something a little unusual to say the very least!
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Incredible photos of two huge sharks caught north of Carnarvon are going viral on social media. The fishermen have told Perth Now they took great care in releasing the sharks - a hammerhead and a tiger - back into the water after the photos were taken. Hear from one of the men in 9 News after the cricket.
Australians who are against Muslim immigration and homosexuals but for Asian immigration will be disappointed by news One Nation has dumped it's first Asian-Australian candidate for making statements against homosexuals. Pro-homosexual Australians who are against Muslim immigration but prefer One Nation's earlier incarnation when it was also against Asian immigration are celebrating tonight.
Wow what a year! As we farewell 2016, we want to THANK you all for the #MKR love. We cannot wait to show you what we have in store for you in 2017 😉 Stay safe tonight and cheers to the new year! Happy New Year xx - Manu & Pete
Evonne Goolagong became a household name around Australia in the ’70s and early ’80s. She was a fantastic tennis player and a great ambassador for the nation, winning 14 Grand Slam titles, including the Australian Open, Wimbledon and French Open. She was awarded Australian of the Year in 1971 and was appointed an MBE in 1972. By the mid-70s she was at the peak of her career and married Roger Cawley. Less than twelve months later she was ranked number one in the world. Evonne and Roger had a daughter in 1977 before she went on to win Wimbledon again in 1980, making her the only mother to have won the coveted title, since World War I. In 1985 Evonne Goolagong Cawley was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame and in 1988 into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
You shared some stunning images from around Tassie on social media this week - thank you! It's great to see travellers and locals enjoying every corner of our island state. Share your Tassie travels with us by posting your photos to our Facebook wall or including #discovertasmania in your social posts.