As the sun sets on the first day of the Holy Month of #Ramadan we say Ramadan Mubarak to all our Muslim friends. We deeply appreciate the part you play in the rich diversity that is modern Australia. We appreciate your faith and faithfulness, we value the contribution you make to Australian society. We commit ourselves to walking with you into an Australian future that is characterized by a secular society in which people of all faiths are free to live their tradition under the protection of the rule of law. We acknowledge that you come from many lands and cultures all with their own unique expressions of the faith. We are grateful for the many threads that you weave into the vibrant tapestry that is Australia. In this Holy Month may your faith deepen, and your service to the community be celebrated and blessed. Ramadan Kareem Fr Rod.
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Our whole family came to Australia by boat. Sometimes in Iran, the government ‘disappears’ people and nobody knows where they have gone. Our father had already been harassed a few times, and we were very worried about what might happen next, so we made the decision to leave everything behind.
We were held on Christmas Island for just over 2 months, before being moved to a detention centre in South Australia, luckily, because just after we arrived, they started taking people to Nauru rather than to the mainland.
After we were released, we were on a Community Detention visa for two years, which didn’t allow us to work or study, and the only thing we were allowed to do was 6 hours of English class per week. So we spent most of our time just doing volunteer work in lots of different places. Even though we were happy we were safe, when you don’t know what’s going to happen in your future, that uncertainty that you or one of your family members might be sent back to your country still ruins your life - you can’t concentrate. Finally, we were found to be genuine refugees, and were all put onto the new SHEV visa, which gives us work rights. But this is a temporary visa for five years, so we are still thinking about what’s going to happen after that.
The perception of asylum seekers in Australia is so negative - when you say, 'I’m an asylum seeker', people’s faces change, which is hard for us. We decided to open Ayla's vegetarian cafe to show people that even though we're asylum seekers, we can work hard, that we can contribute to the community, that we are not the stereotype you know. We are not criminals, we are not here to take everything away. We came here for another reason. Nobody likes to leave their home town, their country. For example, our father is 45 years old. He grew up in Iran, he had his family there, his life was set up. Now, if he has to go to the doctor, he needs his son to go with him and translate. Nobody wants this kind of situation at his age. And nobody wants to put their children’s lives in danger.
It has not been an easy thing. In the 8 months since we opened this place, we’ve had just 4 days off and every day we’ve worked more than 12 hours. But everyone has helped – our cousins and friends lent us money to get started and our mum and dad and aunties help out in the café. Many people who are not family have helped us too. The landlord trusted us even though we didn’t have savings, and the person who used to own this place agreed to act as a guarantor for our rent, even though she had never met us before! And recently a guy from Strata offered to fix this place up for us. He said, ‘I see you guys in here before me and leaving after me every day, so I’m going to work for you for free.’
Sometimes there is something bigger than hope behind these things, some people call it God, some people call it religion or karma, whatever you call it, there has been something behind everything that has happened to us here.
We feel a great sense of welcoming.
Arian and Mahyar Iran Arrived 2012
If you live in Adelaide, pop into Ayla's cafe on Bent St for a great coffee!
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Did you know that new tobacco legislation laws come into effect on September 1 this year? The changes further reduce the areas where smokers can light up.
As the diagram shows, from September 1 smoking will be banned within ten metres of skate parks and playgrounds. Smoking will also be banned at public swimming pool complexes. This new law protects the health of children, parents and staff by ensuring they can enjoy these facilities without being exposed to harmful second-hand smoke.
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I wanted to get a professional opinion of Like a Queen. I knew that a lot of very vulnerable women would be reading it.
Dr Leon Livitt is a perth based GP Obstetrician of 30 years.
His career is very much dedicated to combatting post natal depression and his beautiful ethos is the driving force behind Baby steps an early parenting health centre.
So I asked him to read my book and give me his honest opinion.
This is just a small snippet of his review.
Ps I cried. (Big surprise) "Constance Hall writes about her life and her experiences of motherhood, of love, of her flaws, her anxieties and her joy. She tells her stories through wicked humour, blunt irreverent truths and cleverly crafted language. She tells it so effectively that the readers, her queens, hear their own experiences in her stories and feel understood and appreciated. Con speaks directly to you, about you and you will feel at many points like pointing to the words on the pages of her book and shouting “OMG. That’s me she is talking about. She gets it!”
Constance Hall is not your Barbie Doll, Miss Universe contestant, up on a pedestal, celebrity. She is a down to earth Queen, beautiful in her ugly truths, extraordinarily real, touchable and honest.
You will love her. I love her.They say that you always fall in love with your opposite personality but whose experiences or values you share. Constance Hall is so different from my calm, conservative GP Obstetrician style and manner. Yet, she just intuitively has come to the same conclusions that took me 30 years looking after mothers and families, helping them through pregnancy, delivery, parenting , loves and losses. She is absolutely on the mark in saying that the mother is the Queen, that the sanity and health of the mother is the most precious gift that she or her partner will ever give to a child; that there is no right way, no one path to being a good mother of partner, and that love and forgiveness, flexibility and warmth are the true tools for life and happiness.
Of course, Con uses a little more blunt language and in doing so is more effective. I love her. I love her generosity. She speaks to us all - mothers , fathers, lovers and partners.
Constance Hall is a brilliant educator and entertainer. A Master. The Queen of queens. Her book is hilarious, exhaustingly so. Read it in small bites or just dedicate a few evenings when your kids are unconscious and spend the hours laughing, and punching the air in support and commonality with her. “Like a Queen” can touch you and lift you and change you for the better."
Well fancy fucking that. 😱😱😱😱 a bottle of Pino is coming your way Doc. One is coming my way tonight too. 🙌🏼👑👊🏼
Waleed Aly is one of the best commentators in our country today. We need these intelligent well informed voices to counteract all the spin and misinformation. Waleed for Archbishop say; I know he is a Muslim but hey I'm sure God doesn't actually care, so why should I. But until then, give him the Logie and let's embrace the leadership he has to offer. Fr Rod. #WaleedAly
WOULD YOU SUPPORT A LOVED ONE BEING EUTHANISED? A report being put forth to parliament recommends "allowing assisted deaths for patients with no chance of recovery". If the law is passed, Victoria will be the only state in Australia to legalise Euthanasia. Thoughts?
1. It's not an apology if you try to include a vague threat of legal action, especially when it's obvious you have no understanding of the law.
2. You have no legal recourse at all when someone reposts a comment you made publicly in which you expressed the desire to see someone else "take a dump" in that person's mouth. You're only sorry now because you've been forced to account for your actions.
3. You don't "love women". You love women who pretend your sexist bullshit is funny and reinforce your belief that you're better than them. That's very different, and it's further evidenced in your support for "equal rights for good people". Good people? I guess that doesn't include you then.
4. If you think talking about taking a dump in someone's mouth is "simply being funny", then you have a terrible sense of humour.
5. You are boohooing now because you've been exposed as a gross, aggressive, sexist arsehole. You are clearly not used to women fighting back. Well, you better get used to it son. You don't come to my territory and make the rules. I'm the fucking sheriff here.
6. I will delete nothing. If you're not prepared to own up to the words you write and the things you say, you should think twice before you write or say them.
7. I don't think your mother or girlfriend should be bombarded with comments. It's not their fault you're a sexist buffoon with an overwhelming fear of women who don't pander to your false sense of superiority. However, I'm glad they've seen that you are because one day it could be them who some pathetic barfbag of another small man targets for comments like this. And if that happens, at least they'll know it'll be a waste of time turning to you for help because hey - you think that sort of thing is "funny".
8. When you say "I did not mean it to be taken as sexist," you're suggesting the fault is mine for being oversensitive and immune to the amazing edges of your comedy. But you don't get to tell me what I should and shouldn't find funny. Besides I didn't take it as sexist. I took it as evidence that you think women you don't like deserve to be degraded and humiliated in disgusting, violent ways while you laugh about it. That's straight up misogyny, which is much worse than the basic sexism which you also undoubtedly display every day of your sad, weeny life.
9. If you ever find yourself starting an email with the sentence, "I am the lad who made the comment towards you about taking a dump into mouth," then you really need to take a long, hard look at yourself the mirror and assess why you're such a massive loser.
10. It's good you don't expect an apology, because I don't owe you shit. Fuck off forever and then fuck off again.
"For all those times you see those people racing down the emergency lane in heavy freeway traffic and wish the cops were there to see.....well this one got hit with the karma stick! Western Ring rd VIC."