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Housing Stoush on knife edge

The Federal government have been working to put forward a $10 billion Housing Australia Future Fund, or HAFF. Just earlier today in parliament, a key concession to the policy proposal was made, with Federal Housing Minister, Julie Collins, offering to guarantee yearly spending in return for Senate crossbench support. $500 million was guaranteed as a …

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The Next Dalai Lama?

The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso turns eighty-nine next month. For sixty four years, he has led a non-violent opposition to the illegal annexation of Tibet by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army in 1959.  Since then, he and a faction of other Tibetans who have fled have spiritually led Tibet in exile from Dharamsala in …

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‘Watandar, My Countryman’ documentary depicts historic relationship between Afghan Cameleers and Indigenous communities

Ten years ago, photographer and human rights activist Muzafar Ali met Australian film maker Jolyon Hoff and together they helped start the first refugee-led school in Indonesia. In 2015 Muzafar was resettled in Australia and recently they have completed another feature documentary, Watandar My Countryman.   Former Afghan Refugee and photographer, Muzafar Ali, discovers that Afghans …

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The Shape of Dust

On January 2018, Hazem Hamouda left his Brisbane home for a family trip to his birthplace of Cairo, where his daughter Lamisse was about to begin a university exchange. Upon arrival at Cairo International Airport, Hazem was arrested in a random sweep by authorities, accused of sympathising with a terrorist organisation.  Lamisse abandoned what should …

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