For the media, from the media
The Australian Arabic Council is vigilant in issuing public responses to all forms of media reports and portrayals of Arab people. The AAC also has a constantly updated list of experts on all the topics related to the Middle East and Arab Australians. These experts are available for media interviews, school talks, conferences and any other venue that may arise.
AAC Submission on Human Rights 9 June 2009
The Australian Arabic Council firmly supports the introduction of a federal Human Rights Act as a formal mechanism through which the rights of all Australians can be safeguarded in our legal framework. more...
Racism and violence: the new Australian way?
The recent spate of violence against international students reveals a collision of topical issues: racism, international education and, for many of us, an increasing concern at the unchecked rise of violence in Melbourne. The recent spate of attacks against Indian students have occurred in the midst of a period in which the media and societal attention is firmly focused on the economy.
Durban: a chance for engagement
The Durban Review Conference will be held next month in Geneva, Switzerland. Australian participation in this important international event should be a key element of the Rudd government’s agenda of international engagement, especially in the aftermath of the Bush years which produced such devastating political misadventures as the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. more...
Gaza ad campaign
Australians for Palestine (AFP), together with Women for Palestine (WFP) are launching a newspaper advertisement campaign calling on Australians to say NO to Israel's war crimes.
Australia Day People's March (Victoira)
The Australia Day Committee is planning the 2009 Australia Day People's March. The March runs along Swanston St to Alexandra Gardens and community, hobby and sports groups are all encouraged to participate. Please email email@example.com if you are interested in registering a group for this event or would like more information.
Leadership Training program for young Muslims
The AAC congratulates the recent graduates of this year's Young Muslim Leadership training program. The Course is an initiative of the Centre for Dialogue at La Trobe University and the Islamic Council of Victoria. It is supported by the Victorian Government and aims to empower young men and women, equipping graduates with the tools to challenges stereotypes and break down barriers. More information about the course can be found at http://www.latrobe.edu.au/dialogue/projects_6.html
Crooked Rib & Aerosol Arabic
Crooked Rib, comprised of 14 young Muslim women, and UK artist Aerosol Arabic are collaborating to create a street mural during the course of the Melbourne International Arts festival. It can be seen in Spark Lane, (off Flinders St). Crooked Rib also has an exhibition showing during the festival at Gallery 15 at 15W, number 15 on Williams St. Melbourne International Arts Festival runs until October 25th.
'In Spitting Distance', by Taher Najib
The play 'In Spitting Distance', based on experiences of writer Taher Najib, is currently being shown at The Playhouse (in Sydney Opera House). Presented in Arabic with English subtitles, the play will run until October 18th. Tickets are $48 and bookings can be made by calling (02) 9250 7444.
Articles, Interviews & Speeches
Impact of the Israeli-Palestinian Crisis on Arabic Australians
08 May 2002,
Centre for Arab Islamic Studies. more...
Policing Partnership in a Multicultural Australia
26 October 2001,
Australian Institute of Criminology Conference. more...
Media Representations of Arabs and Muslims in an “Age of Terror”