Friday, 15 June 2012 01:22
A direct mail survey sent by the Federal MP for Melbourne Ports has found Albert Park residents overwhelmingly dislike the annual Melbourne F1 Grand Prix. Michael Danby sent out 100,000 surveys to people in his electorate which includes the track. Mr Danby says 5,000 people have sent the survey back and only 69 of them are in favour of the international event. He says the race is deeply unpopular locally.
Members of the Global Iranian Political Prisoner Advocacy Program Renew Call for Release of Dissident
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 02:04
Iranian Authorities Refuse to Release Hossein Ronaghi Maleki for Medical Leave as his Kidney Condition Worsens.
Senator Mark Kirk (US), Hon. Irwin Cotler (CA), MP Denis MacShane (UK), MP Michael Danby (AU), MP Fiamma Nirenstein (IT) and MP Emanuelis Zingeris (LT), members of the Global Iranian Political Prisoner Advocacy Program, today called for the immediate release on medical leave of jailed Iranian blogger, Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, who is suffering from severe kidney disease and is in urgent need of extended medical care. Ronaghi Maleki has been serving an unjust sentence in Evin Prison, Iran since his arrest in 2009.
Friday, 08 June 2012 00:51
328 hitsAfter two years, a documentary dealing with conditions for China’s Uyghur population which became a diplomatic flashpoint between China and Australia will be aired internationally on the Australian Network – although the network has voluntarily blocked the feed to its Asian satellite.
The documentary, titled The 10 Conditions of Love, is to be shown internationally Sunday –sort of. Australian Network aired it domestically in Australia two years ago over Chinese protests but backed away from televising it internationally at the time. Critics charged that the network had caved in to Chinese demands for fear of losing its so-called “footprint” for broadcasting regular coverage into China.
Thursday, 31 May 2012 11:49
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bob Carr, recently announced that Australia will be donating approximately $90 million over five years to aid relief work on behalf of Palestinian refugees (noted as more than 5 million). I for one disagree with this decision. I think it is wrong on a number of levels. First, there are many more deserving and desperate refugees in this world. Second, most of the 5 million defined Palestinian refugees are not genuine refugees.
Tuesday, 15 May 2012 00:00
In December last year I was invited by the Israeli Finance Minister Dr Yuval Steinitz, to lead a delegation to Israel in conjunction with the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce. So in early May I led a delegation comprising of senior officials and executives from major companies and institutions including the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, Challenger Financial Services, MLC, and Science and Technology Australia.
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