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Debate rages over the white paper

By Rekha Bhattacharjee It has been one week since the Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard unveiled the ‘Asian Century white paper’ but the debate this policy document has triggered is still raging unabated. There would be hardly any media outlet down under which has not rolled out opinion-pieces about the much-awaited white paper which charts […]

Australia spells out Afghanistan exit plan

  By Rekha Bhattacharjee Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced an early withdrawal of Australian troops from Afghanistan Tuesday, a day after the 18-hour terror siege of Kabul ended. Giving the keynote address at Council of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, the Australian prime minister said the troops would start returning home later this year and […]

India and Australia have a bright future ahead: Julia Gillard

  ‘India is a good friend’ – PM Julia Gillard Third Eye by Rekha Bhattacharjee Rekha Bhattacharjee interviews Julia Gillard for The Indian Down Under about various current issues, including uranium sale to India. If there is one individual who can seek some gratification for getting credit for changing Labor policy on uranium exports to […]

It’s right time for Coalition to invest in women

Pic Top: Dr Carmen Lawrence Pic bottom: Prime Minister Julia Gillard By Rekha Bhattacharjee As we celebrate the Global Centenary of the International Women’s Day (IWD), the thoughts go back to those brave and visionary souls who fought against all adversities to get women franchised. The fight to get dignity for women, and to end […]

Diaspora – 150 Years in South Africa

Fatima Meer with Nelson Mandela A postscript from Durban South Africa By Rekha Bhattacharjee “The sun never sets in the Indian Diaspora”, was said by Dr LM Singhvi – Chairman, High level committee of Indian Diaspora and former High Commissioner of Great Britain. He had held wide consultation with the Indian Diaspora of 20 million […]

NSW State Elections – 2011

By Mallika Ganesan NSW Parliament has a fixed four year term with the state elections held on the last Saturday of the month of March in the fourth year of the term of the government. The state elections are due this year and will be held in March. The current Labor government has been in […]

Long slog on the bench may end for Liberals

Karam C Ramrakha ex Fiji politician and a self-confessed elections and news junkie writes of the doom that faces Kristina Keneally on March 26. Mr Ramrakha is a practising lawyer (email karamcramrakha@gmail.com.), phone (02) 98082760. By Karam Ramrakha On Remembrance Day 1975, Gough Whitlam, on being sacked, uttered the famous “Well may we say God […]

Barry O’ Farrell and the Indian Community

By Vish Viswanathan Apart from reiterating his election Mantra “Rebuilding the NSW economy” and “Restoring honesty and accountability by the government”, Barry O’ Farrell has offered to “engage with the Indian community to take advantage of their skills for the benefit of families across the state”. Answering a direct question by TIDU whether he can […]

We are the change: Keneally

Premier Keneally with sons Brendan, Daniel and husband Ben Keneally By Neena Badhwar She came, she won with her charming smile, always ready to talk, recognize and respect. Kristina Keneally has conducted herself well during her tenure as Premier of NSW. Elections are on now and the big questions is: are the people really after […]

The Spirit of Satyagraha

By Rekha Bhattacharjee Attending the Gandhi Jayanti celebrations on October 2 at the NSW University Library lawn where a bust of Gandhiji has been recently installed brought back memories of a similar function I had attended in the US some years ago. At that time in Manhattan Phillip Glass’s internationally acclaimed Opera “Satyagraha” was to […]

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