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Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area. Neighbouring countries include Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east.

For at least 40,000 years before the first British settlement in the late 18th century, Australia was inhabited by indigenous Australians, who spoke languages grouped into roughly 250 language groups. After the European discovery of the continent by Dutch explorers in 1606, Australia's eastern half was claimed by Great Britain in 1770 and initially settled through penal transportation to the colony of New South Wales from 26 January 1788. The population grew steadily in subsequent decades; the continent was explored and an additional five self-governing Crown Colonies were established.

On 1 January 1901, the six colonies federated, forming the Commonwealth of Australia. Since Federation, Australia has maintained a stable liberal democratic political system that functions as a federal parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy. The federation comprises six states and several territories. The population of 23.1 million is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated in the eastern states.

Australia is a developed country and one of the wealthiest in the world, with the world's 12th-largest economy. In 2012 Australia had the world's fifth-highest per capita income, Australia's military expenditure is the world's 13th-largest. With the second-highest human development index globally, Australia ranks highly in many international comparisons of national performance, such as quality of life, health, education, economic freedom, and the protection of civil liberties and political rights. Australia is a member of the United Nations, G20, Commonwealth of Nations, ANZUS, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Trade Organization, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, and the Pacific Islands Forum.

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Australia’s Muslim Grand Mufti has shocked guests at a Ramadan commemoration dinner after jokingly telling them “to make jihad” for him.

Less than one week after Melbourne was rocked by a fatal terror attack at the hands of Yacqub Khayre, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed raised some eyebrows with his controversial opener.

He then went on to say it was unreasonable that whenever there is a terrorist incident we are expected to "condemn and deny".

"He did make a joke at the expense of all of us and he asked you all to make jihad," his English translator Adel Salman explained.

“And your jihad is to stop eating for a few minutes, while he gives his talk. And you won't be 'you know what' after doing so.”

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/35901334/muslim-grand-mufti-makes-jihad-joke-week-after-melbourne-siege/#page1

on June 16, 2017
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A proposal by an Australia-based Islamic group to create a safe space that allows people with "inflammatory" views to talk has sparked criticism.

Earlier this month, the Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV) recommended to a parliamentary inquiry into freedom of religion that funds were needed to "create safe spaces urgently needed by Muslim youth to meet and talk about a range of issues in emotional terms, where they can be frank and even use words, which in a public space would sound inflammatory."

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/proposal-create-muslim-rant-space-australia-sparks-row-1625410

on June 11, 2017
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A proposal by an Australian Islamic group to allow "safe spaces" for young Muslims to discuss "inflammatory" issues has sparked a row.

The Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV) said such forums enabled young people's opinions to be "respectfully and intelligently debated and challenged".

But State Premier Daniel Andrews said he was "very troubled" by the idea of a space where people "could be radical".

Victoria was rocked by a suspected terror attack earlier this week.

Gunman Yacqub Khayre killed a man, wounded three police officers and took a woman hostage during a siege at an apartment building on Monday night. He was later shot dead by police.

Australia has prevented a number of extremist attacks on home soil in recent years, and has been on alert amid fears over the return of Australians fighting for Islamist militant groups in Syria.

'Rage space'
The ICV, which says it represents some 200,000 Muslims in Victoria, says the community is suffering mental health and other problems because of the widespread suspicion it faces.

It recommends, to a parliamentary inquiry into freedom of religion, funding a number of community-led initiatives - saying financial resources at the moment are concentrated mainly on national efforts to counter violent extremism.

ICV spokesman Adel Salman said they did not consider the "safe space" proposal controversial, because it is a practice that is already used to help young people in countries around the world.

"This is about good practice because the youth require an avenue to express their views in a safe environment... where they feel their views are valued, where they can be respectfully challenged and counter views presented," he said.

He said such spaces would be "conducted with experts who are familiar with the methodology, and understand the way the conversation can be guided".

And he criticised headlines which called the proposal "rage space" and "hate space", saying the media had misconstrued what they were asking for.

But Premier Andrews ruled out any possibility of funding such an initiative.

"I am very troubled by the suggestion that we might have a space where people could be radical as part of a de-radicalisation programme. That makes no sense to me whatsoever".

on June 11, 2017
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Malcolm Turnbull has been briefed by counter-terrorism experts and offered condolences to the UK after an attack in London, which killed seven people and injured at least 48, as Pauline Hanson was criticised for her response.

UK police shot dead three people suspected of carrying out the attacks, which occurred less than two weeks after the Manchester bombing killed 22 people and just over a month after an attempted attack on the Houses of Parliament in Westminster was allegedly thwarted..

In an address to the nation on Sunday, Turnbull said the government was aware of reports of “two Australians who have been directly affected by this attack”.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/jun/04/pauline-hanson-uk-police-warning-meme-australian-injured

on June 6, 2017
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Footage of an alleged forced wedding ceremony between a 14-year-old girl and a man 20 years her senior held at a Melbourne mosque has been played in court.

Imam Ibrahim Omerdic appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Wednesday where he faces charges of conducting the forced marriage at a Bosnian mosque in September, 2016.

on May 18, 2017
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A lifelong abuse of cannabis probably triggered the schizophrenia that led a Cairns mother, Raina Thaiday, to kill eight children, a court has found.

Last month Justice Jean Dalton ruled in Queensland’s mental health court that Thaiday had suffered a psychotic episode when she killed her four sons, three daughters and a niece at the family’s Manoora home on 19 December 2014.

The court heard the 37-year-old had been of “unsound mind” at the time and had believed she was saving the children, aged between two and 14, from the end of the world.

Several psychiatrists agreed that Thaiday’s persistent cannabis abuse had triggered her schizophrenia despite the illness usually manifesting younger in life.

In the months before the attack, Thaiday was smoking up to 20 cones of cannabis a day.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/may/04/mother-psychotic-when-she-killed-eight-children-queensland-court-rules

on May 5, 2017
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LIBERAL politicians are split about whether ­Muslim activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied should be sacked from her taxpayer-funded advisory role.
One MP said it would “fuel an undercurrent of hatred” and “add fuel to the fire” for extremists.

ABC presenter Abdel-Magied, a member of the Council for ­Australian-Arab Relations, has been under fire since she posted “Lest. We. Forget. (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine ...”) on her Facebook page on Anzac Day.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/yassmin-abdelmagied-sacking-splits-liberal-party/news-story/460e0b4d9a39dfe0db55658d149a8dcd

on May 1, 2017
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Thousands of people have joined rallies in Australia and New Zealand in support of science, the first of more than 500 marches globally triggered by concern over the rise of "alternative facts".

The March for Science demonstrations come amid growing anxiety over what many see as a mounting political assault on facts and evidence and fears that research is being excluded from policy-making.

Vocal protesters in Sydney wearing white lab coats called on politicians to support the scientific community, carrying banners reading "without science, it's just fiction" and "we need thinkers not deniers".

on April 24, 2017
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The Halal Snack Pack, commonly known as the HSP, is making headlines in unexpected places. 

A HSP is, at one level, simply chips, halal kebab meat, cheese, and a trio of sauces in a styrofoam box. But it's also being applauded as a popular symbol of tolerance in a multicultural society.

While the dish had been up on the menu boards of kebab shops for years (and was the 2am food of choice for many a drunken partier), it garnered a lot of attention in late 2015 and gathered momentum in 2016, especially when Labor senator Sam Dastyari invited Pauline Hanson to enjoy a HSP.  "Not going to happen," she told Dastyari. "Not interested. I don't believe in Halal certification." 

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on April 24, 2017
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Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has reportedly sparked a threat of nuclear retaliation from North Korea after saying the rogue nation will be subject to further Australian sanctions.

North Korea's state-run KCNA news agency on Saturday quoted a foreign ministry spokesman accusing the Australian foreign minister of "spouting a string of rubbish against the DPRK over its entirely just steps for self-defence".

"If Australia persists in following the US moves to isolate and stifle the DPRK and remains a shock brigade of the US master, this will be a suicidal act of coming within the range of the nuclear strike of the strategic force of the DPRK."

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/04/23/north-korea-threatens-nuke-australia-report

on April 24, 2017
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