A recent case in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal highlights community concerns over duty of care, consent and religious tolerance and comes as the new Morrison government is urged to release the findings of the Ruddock Review of religious freedom https://www.sbs.com.au/news/audiotrack/can-child-consent-practice-religious-beliefs I spoke to SBS radio about this issue from the perspective of freedom of religious expression in a pluralist society- and the cost of policing those freedoms.
Some robust conversation and frequent differences of opinion on #TheDrum tonight. Canvassing #AuPairGate, Chelsea Manning facing a visa ban, policing women’s tennis attire and if the Prime Minister declares his religious affiliations- does it matter? Answer: Yes. This is how we challenge and test debate 👊🏽 Thanks to #EllenFanning for superb hosting and my co-panellists. Link Time for chocolate.
Complacency is not an option.. my take on the political implosion at play, complete with a Handmaids Tale reference for good measure. Seemed apt. https://www.sbs.com.au/topics/life/culture/article/2018/08/23/prospect-pm-peter-dutton-should-be-our-wake-call Any which way you summarise the political machinations of the past 48 hours, the conclusion is remains that as a nation, we are edging closer to a Prime Minister that represents the worst excesses of his party. What does this mean? Why does it matter? What do we do? Peter [...]
Inspired by rage and reason- my response to Fraser Anning’s pitiful fragility. https://www.sbs.com.au/topics/life/culture/article/2018/08/15/why-fraser-anning-wrong-about-muslim-australians Why Fraser Anning is wrong about Muslim Australians What Fraser Anning doesn't understand is hatemongers will never conquer the resilience and power of our diverse communities. Fraser Anning has won the coveted prize for being the first Australian politician this side of the 21st century, to not only call for a ban on Muslim immigration, laud the White Australia policy but [...]
Today I was thrilled to attend a public conversation between Prof Tariq Modood (Uni of Bristol) and Prof Fethi Mansouri, (Alfred Deakin Institute) reflecting on the changing global settings for diversity governance, in the realm of multiculturalism and interculturalism. The latter, a newer concept to me, was explored in depth as well as MC, examining in particular: • Is there any credibility to the much repeated claim that multiculturalism is failing to deliver? • How are [...]
Today I presented at Monash University and Melbourne University’s Crossing Borders’ biggest annual event of the year; The Refugee Health Symposium. The day comprised of a series of speakers and a panel, including myself, Daniel Mason (RCH Refugee & Immigrant Health Fellow), Sam (MSF), and Tiba, (refugee advocate and student). Later, there were a series of practical and relevant workshops/simulations. Congratulations to the volunteers involved who curated a vital day of learning. You are acknowledged [...]
Artist: Cameron Hayes Artwork: AUSTRALIA-A History of Terrogees Hayes’ contemporary analysis of Australia’s political landscape, makes no apology for a culture entrenched in xenophobia. The satirical jabs at white privilege and entitlement stemming from the fragility of a white settler colonial mindset, manifest in his works, particularly, The End of the Moomba Parade, Terrorists in a Cake Shop and What happens when pretend politicians pretend to be terrorists. Each piece examines an event in Australia’s [...]
Something I wrote for #SBSlife The optics of a middle aged white man visiting foreign cultures and foods in order to show them up is a kind of cultural colonialism served light and cold. By Tasneem Chopra 3 AUG 2018 - 3:00 PM Many of us from culturally diverse backgrounds know the sanctity of preparing a traditional dish from scratch. Whether it’s samosas, biryani, pho, momos, gnocchi or saganaki – we all have that one [...]
Was honoured to be named as one of several anti-racism champions, advocating concerns about racism in Australia and combatting systems of privilege that facilitate it. Article “I am a strong advocate for demanding a platform for inclusion when experiences of diversity in gender and culture are being tabled - and am quick to call out the hypocrisy of some ‘diversity forums' which when held, somehow exclude the expertise of the very communities they claim to [...]
An interview I had with the International Multicultural Network, regarding the work I do, and why I do it. Thank you Khayala Mammadova for the platform http://theprisma.co.uk/2018/07/23/tasneem-chopra-multiculturalism-and-social-justice/ Tasneem Chopra: multiculturalism and social justice July 23, 2018 00:26 The world needs less white saviours and more equitable resource distribution. She is curator, consultant, author and prominent activist and her passion for addressing social justice issues has embraced many platforms. Tasneem Chopra Khayala Mammadova* Ulviyya Sanili [...]