Tuesday, September 20, 2016
'We don't to be swamped by Muslims': Anti-Islam protesters gather outside Sydney home of 'ISIS-inspired terror attacker'
Man atacked by mad Muslim badly hurt
Anti-Muslim protesters have gathered outside the home of Ihsas Khan, the alleged stabbing terror attack perpetrator.
The alleged ISIS-inspired attack Khan is charged with carrying out in Minto, south-west Sydney, has left grandfather and cabinet maker Wayne Greenhalgh, 57, with permanent damage to his hands and other injuries.
A small group of 'vocal' protesters carried Australian flags and placards proclaiming 'Stop the Invasion' and 'Islamic refugees not welcome' during the gathering on Saturday, a week on from the attack.
According to 7 News, they had gathered calling for a ban on all Muslim immigration.
One member of the group, who appeared to be Nick Folkes from the far right group Party for Freedom, said: 'We don't to be swamped by Muslims and that's what's happening at the moment'.
But one resident from the neighbourhood said: 'They're doing exactly what he [Khan] did for three days before he went off'.
And Mr Greenhalgh, who is set to appear on A Current Affair, has urged people to not hate Muslims.
According to witnesses, Khan's behaviour leading up to the attack on Mr Greenhalgh had becoming increasingly erratic.
He's reported to have been a 'religious fanatic' and was allegedly heard shouting 'Allah Akbar' and other Arabic words during the stabbing, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.
Khan also had schizophrenia, it was reported.
Police Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn said: 'We know that this person has strong extremist beliefs inspired by ISIS'.
Before the attack, he would also allegedly preach in the street, wearing white robes and shouting verses from the Koran, according to reports.
He has been charged with committing a terrorist act and attempted murder.
Mr Greenhalgh was recovering well mentally, but was phyisically 'messed up', A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw said on Monday.
He couldn't use his hands and had received two puncture wounds to his torso - one which penetrated his lung - and a large gash to his right arm during the attack.
A doctor believed his two little fingers on his right hand would be 'ultimately useless to him', Ms Grimshaw said.
'He's a cabinet maker... he needs every cent that he earns to survive - to keep the family going.'
His left hand was 'useless' to him because all the skin was stripped off his middle finger and he thought his left hand could 'come good', but not his right, she said.
Gender theory taught in Australian schools is a matter of faith’, says family law expert
A leading family law and child-protection expert has criticised the teaching of radical gender theory in classrooms across the country, likening the “odd and unscientific” beliefs promoted by groups such as the Safe Schools Coalition to those espoused by Scientology.
Sydney University law professor Patrick Parkinson has called for an extensive overhaul of the Safe Schools program, having taken issue with its promotion of “exaggerated statistics” on the prevalence of transgender and intersex conditions in the community to support its creators’ “belief that gender is fluid and can even be chosen”.
In a research paper to be published today, Professor Parkinson notes that gender ideology, which lies at the heart of Safe Schools, has become a widespread belief system, particularly in Western countries.
With its origins in university philosophy departments rather than science, it has no place in the primary or secondary school curriculum, which is required to be evidence-based, he argues.
“There would be an uproar if the beliefs of Scientologists ... were being taught in state schools through state-funded programs,” he says, referring to the controversial religion.
“Yet the belief system that what gender you are is a matter for you to determine without reference to your physical and reproductive attributes might not be dissimilar.”
Professor Parkinson’s damning review comes as the NSW Education Department investigates the inclusion of gender theory in its own official curriculum, including its mandatory sex education program for Years 11 and 12.
Last week state Education Minister Adrian Piccoli asked his departmental secretary, former ABC boss Mark Scott, to look into whether there was a scientific basis for claims made throughout the Crossroads program that gender was “a social construct”, neither fixed nor binary.
A spokesman for the Education Department said Mr Scott would report back to the minister’s office “as soon as possible”.
Professor Parkinson’s report, The Controversy over the Safe Schools Program — Finding the Sensible Centre, which is available via the Social Science Research Network, has added further weight to concerns about the program.
While originally touted as a program designed to stamp out homophobia in the schoolyard, it has divided parents, politicians, religious groups and even the LGBTI community.
Prominent transgender advocate Catherine McGregor faced a backlash when she recently spoke out against Safe Schools, claiming that it would not have helped her as a young person grappling with gender issues. Professor Parkinson is also concerned that its teachings may harm some young people.
The former member of the NSW Child Protection Council, who has advised government and other organisations on matters related to child safety, says a school-wide program that normalises transitioning from one gender to another creates a risk that some children will become confused unnecessarily.
“Gender dysphoria in childhood and adolescence is far too complex to be addressed by pop psychology or internet-based self-help materials,” he says.
“While a program of this kind may offer benefits for some young people, there is reason to be concerned that it may cause harm to other young people who experience same-sex attraction or gender confusion.
“This is not good enough for an educational resource.”
Professor Parkinson believes it is unlikely that concerns raised by the community will go away.
He says politicians who have supported it based on its origins as an anti-bullying program would likely face a backlash from their constituencies unless the program was reviewed and significantly reformed.
More than 500 schools across the country have signed up to be Safe Schools members, and the program has attracted federal and state funds.
Drayton South coalmine in Hunter Valley recommended for approval
The controversial Drayton South open-cut coal mine planned for the Hunter Valley has been given the green light by the NSW department of planning, taking the battle between the region’s prestigious horse studs and mining giant Anglo American to an independent commission.
Despite being rejected three times in the past by the NSW Planning Assessment Commission, the planning and environment department said it believes the coal mining and thoroughbred stud industries can “operate as neighbours without major impact on either industry.”
“Based on new independent reports, new evidence … the department has concluded that, with appropriate management and mitigation measures, the two industries can continue to operate in proximity,” a spokesperson for the Department said.
The Coolmore and Darley stud properties are across a road from the proposed mine site, and have previously said that if approved, the project could force them to move.
In a detailed report released today, the department recommended the project for approval, subject to 23 measures to manage dust, noise, blasting and water.
Strict air quality controls, noise criteria and water management performance measures would mean the mine would have minimal impact on the surrounding properties.
Anglo American commissioned a report by Dr Greg Houston, who concluded the thoroughbred industry would still exist even in the unlikely event Coolmore and Darley chose to leave the Upper Hunter.
An independent peer-review of Dr Houston’s report, commissioned by the department and written by the Australian National University’s Professor Jeff Bennett, broadly supported the findings. “I am in agreement with the major conclusions drawn by (Dr Houston’s) Report,” Professor Bennett wrote.
He also said “the Stud’s operational potential will not be compromised by the Drayton South operation.”
The Upper Hunter thoroughbred industry contributes an estimated $5 billion a year to the economy, and ranks alongside Kentucky in the US and Newmarket in Britain as a high-quality breeding area.
Queensland restaurant British Colonial Co accused of ‘gross racism’
British colonial life did have a style of its own and it is that style which is being reflected. It is about domestic style, not conquest or oppression. But again we have here the characteristic Leftist attempt to abolish the past
A BRISBANE restaurant has been accused of “gross racism” on social media for promoting itself as celebrating the British Empire’s “push into the developing cultures of the world”.
British Colonial Co, located in Hawthorne, opened in late June but attracted criticism today over a description on its website, which read: “Inspired by the stylish days of the empirical push into the developing cultures of the world, with the promise of adventure and modern refinement in a safari setting”.
As of Monday afternoon, that tagline had been changed to: “A refined and modern dining experience with the adventure of east meets west in a plantation style, club setting”.
The restaurant serves dishes such as hickory smoked quail with tarragon polenta and African-influenced eggplant spinach sauce, and a lamb burger with goats curd, grilled eggplant, hummus, baby spinach and carrot jam.
In a July Facebook post, the restaurant explained some of the inspiration behind its interior design styling.
“‘The sun never sets on the British Empire’ is the oft-repeated quotation used when trying to explain British colonial style,” the post read.
“In a nutshell, the style is a result of English citizens travelling the world during the empire’s heyday, bringing with them typically heavy wooden furnishings and adapting to hot local climates with lighter local fare.
“These travellers also brought back exotic pieces from the Caribbean, India, the Far East and Africa as a way to show off how far they’d travelled. They tried to travel relatively light; campaign furniture (light, foldable and portable) also became a part of the look.
“The results can mean a wild mix of light bamboo or cane furniture, heavier pieces, plaids mixed with animal prints, dark floors next to white walls and paisleys mixed with chintzes.”
British Colonial Co in Hawthorne. Picture: Chris McCormack
The British Empire colonised many developing countries including Australia, India, large parts of Africa and Asia, often pushing out and killing local indigenous communities.
Shunning free speech reform is the real 'fool's errand'
Restrictions on free speech imposed by section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 look set to remain in place as the government turns its back on reform.
But this refusal to address widely held concerns about diminished freedom of speech is actually a symptom of the complacency of the entire political class.
George Brandis has ruled out repeal as a "fool's errand". And the Prime Minister says that union misconduct, budget repair, and marriage equality are more pressing issues for the government.
The real fool's errand is the government's attempt to pass off repeal of a bad law restricting free speech as a trivial distraction.
Civil societies tolerate what they cannot afford to punish -- one reason why we don't have silly rules prohibiting the 'burkini' on Aussie beaches -- and punish what they can't afford to tolerate.
Since we want to punish free speech, we can't be willing to tolerate it. Loss of our appetite for free speech will mean that soon enough every other dish we turn to will taste of ash.
Politicians are convinced all that protects us from anarchy, disorder and decay are restrictions on free speech that can be -- and are -- used to stifle any discussion deemed offensive or provocative.
But what the political class -- buoyed by some in the media -- considers inappropriate seldom matches what ordinary people gathered in the pub watching the footy might think.
This is the discrepancy that has opened up between political and popular points of view and is symptomatic of a deeper crisis in our political culture.
Our politicians are trapped in a bubble of group solipsism where their own self-enforcing points of view are the only ones that count. So the heavy yoke of 18C continues to press across our shoulders.
Retaining restrictions on free speech will mean citizens are denied opportunities freely to express differences of opinions amongst themselves. This tears at the fabric of civil society.
We must depend upon a small band of 18C senate reformers to succeed so that the rest of us may be freed from subservience to speech that is not free but patrolled relentlessly in the name of equality.
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