Islam. I. Am; A doco in the wings

Tonight in Parramatta, the Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE) hosted a forum attended by Muslim screen-based artists, filmmakers and journalists, keen to hear about ISLAM. I AM, an early development opportunity coordinated by Jungle in association with I.C.E.  This first stage of development was jointly funded by Screen NSW and the ABC. The facilitators invited expressions of interest from Australian Muslim to participate in the project, from conception to execution of their own stories in [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:43+00:00 July 12th, 2016|

From Aus Pol to Pokemon in 30 minutes!

Tonights Drum episode was moderated by John Barron. My co-panellists included, Jackie Kelly (former Howard minister), Shane Wright (WA Times, Finance editor), and live from UK, Tom McTaigh (Politico, editor).  A lively conversation ensued on various topics including One Nations's plagiarised content on their website, the loss of Liberal seats in Western Sydney, the Coalitons proposed retrospective super policy, Theresa May,  British PM in waiting - and 'Pokemon Go'-yes or no ? The verdict ? [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:43+00:00 July 12th, 2016|

Reflections & Forecasts on LaTrobe  Life

Back at my old Masters haunt, LaTrobe Uni, participating in a 'Living Histories' project, leading up to their 50th Birthday in 2017.  I shared my reasons for studying a Masters in International Development, highlights of campus life, takeaways post graduation and hopes for the Uni's outlook 15 years from now.  I conveyed my hopes for free education (pipe dreaming) and diversity across teaching models and Uni admin - not being content with diversity alone reflected [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:43+00:00 July 4th, 2016|

Drumming to An Election Beat

Live feeding for The Drum tonight from Melbourne to Sydney studio. Co-panellists included Peter Lewis, Essential Media and Simon Cowan, Centre for Independent Studies Economist in Sydney; Mark Di Stefano, BuzzfeedOz Political Editor in Canberra and guest Dr Rodger Shanahan, Lowy Institute on the Istanbul attacks. Other topics fielded were the Thornliegh mosque car bomb, the plebiscite, political promises, election 'attack' advertising and the Zika virus- an olympics games attending deal breaker or not.  An [...]

2016-06-30T02:15:07+00:00 June 29th, 2016|

The ABC of Diversity- Merit comes in all colours

Today I presented on a diversity panel, 'Creative Offroads' for the ABC, to discuss the impact of stereotypes on screen in news and film.  Amazing co-presenters, including:  Jeremy Fernandez, Journalist, ABC (moderator)  Tasneem Chopra Author, Cross-Cultural Consultant, Curator & Activist Tony Ayres, Director, Producer & Co-Founder, Matchbox Pictures,  Sally Riley, Executive-Screen content,  Dr Tim Soutphommasane- Race Discrimination Commissioner, Michelle Fonesca- Head of Strategy & Staff Development, ABC News,    Matt Deaner CEO, SPA,  Rebecca Moystyn- [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:44+00:00 June 9th, 2016|

Vintage Moments on New Age Racism

Capturing a vintage Coburg moment, at Andres Cafe, talking racism, rallies, media and dog whistling policy- for 'iMigrant', by OPmedia with OmarPervaiz, film maker and multimedia artist.  This interview will inform a short clip about perceptions of racism perpetrated by government following comments made by immigration minister Peter Dutton last month. And the intersection of these comments giving credibility to to to fascist/ Neo nazi and racist individuals, buoyed by government policy on refugee policy.  [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:45+00:00 June 2nd, 2016|

Toot Toot: A train wreck on the Campaign trail for 2016

Excerpts from my piece on the election scorecard, via Crikey: "In an appalling show of wedge politics writ large, the equating of ‘illiterate and innumerate’ refugees with stealing Australian jobs (yet who languish on welfare?) was pronounced by Dutton, then endorsed by the PM. Seriously. While polls revealed the economy as the most pressing issue influencing voters, with refugees, the lowest, the government’s decision to link the two in an inspired commentary of political dog [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:46+00:00 May 19th, 2016|

The Drum roll..

Finished a panel with Sally Sara (Foreign Correspondent), Paul Malley (The Australian), Hayder El-Khoei (Chatham House, UK) and host Julia Baird. Covered the Channel 9 media ethics disaster re paying kidnappers for a story, the Aust government approach to CVE and the Queen's 90th Birthday-do we care (not too much apparently). Great panelists and robust discussion on The Drum tonight. [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:46+00:00 April 21st, 2016|

Quills Amid the Culls

The #QuillsAward tonight was an acknowledgement of Victorian excellence in journalism and photojournalism across all portals.  There were numerous winners who stood out, including Adele Ferguson for Journalist of the Year (Four Corners investigative report exposing exploitation of foreign workers by corrupt CEO), Waleed Aly (feature writing and The Project) and The Age photographer, Joe Armao.  The mood was sombre given the Fairfax CEO's announcement  in the previous 36 hours, to cull over 120 positions [...]

2017-08-29T12:43:48+00:00 March 18th, 2016|