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ANU keeps Burka Ban chatter rolling on

By johnboy 13 July 2009 89

Following on from Virginia Hausegger’s shrill demands that all women be forced to conform to her ideas on what is and isn’t “Australian” the ANU is holding a debate on Wednesday and Virginia is going to expand on her ideas.

From the blurb:

    SHOULD WE BAN THE BURKA?

    Virginia Haussegger, journalist, author, media commentator and TV news presenter
    Julie Posetti, journalist and journalism academic, University of Canberra
    Dr Shakira Hussein, writer and researcher at The Australian National University

    Wednesday 15 July, 12:30-2pm
    HC Coombs Lecture Theatre
    Building 8a, Fellows Rd, ANU

    This lecture is free and open to the public. Please register attendance with ANU Events.
    Enquiries:
    E: Events@anu.edu.au
    T: 02 6125 4144

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Skidbladnir 11:31 am 10 Sep 09

Just to add a viewpoint not only from someone who was there, but who was part of the actual event, Julie Posetti puts up her point of view, contrary to Virginia’s:
http://www.j-scribe.com/2009/07/banning-burka-unaustralian-idea.html

(She talks about us, had similar talking points to us, so I’m back-linking to her so y’all can make up your own mind)

Skidbladnir 9:41 am 16 Jul 09

@Kalley:
I suspect that if people are going to continue to make reference to such things without knowing the difference between the various forms of hijab, they need to have some kind of handy chart on the threads.

http://jadmadi.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2006/11/hijab1.jpg

el 6:25 pm 15 Jul 09

Pelican Lini said :

I don’t care what anybody wears as long as they want to wear it.
I don’t like people trying to impose their way of life on me on behalf of their “pretend friends”.
I don’t want to pay frickin’ 20 bucks for a pack of cigarettes.
Smokers’ taxes already exceed the cost of any required medical treatment, according to Access Economic,s and we often selflessly die younger to reduce the burden on medical and aged care services.
I don’t like people wanting to ban things or impose their wowser philosophies on everybody else.
And I don’t want people turning ACT into a place where if it’s not illegal, it’s compulsory.

+100000

Kalley 5:28 pm 15 Jul 09

Are some people confused about the difference between the burka and other forms of Muslim dress? The burka covers the face and is usually only worn by very strict Muslims. Plenty of women in Canberra wear the hijab or coverings on the head but very few wear a burka. So I wouldnt panic folks. But bear in mind that many women wearing the hijab say they are intimidated and discriminiated against sometimes in Canberra as a result of being obviously Muslim women. I worked with refugees from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Yemen over the last 15 years. Virginia’s comments are certainly pretty unhelpful to women in Canberra from those communities in their brave efforts to fit into Canberra life as it only widens the cultural divide and fear.

p1 3:03 pm 15 Jul 09

deezagood said :

ant said :

johnboy said :

sepi said :

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This is starting to get a little hard to follow back.

peterh 2:18 pm 15 Jul 09

did anyone go to the debate? love to know the outcome, but couldn’t tune in to the podcast.

Pandy 8:23 am 15 Jul 09

LALA oh you are naughty!!!!! Skitch’em Rex!!!!!

Pelican Lini 2:03 am 15 Jul 09

I don’t care what anybody wears as long as they want to wear it.
I don’t like people trying to impose their way of life on me on behalf of their “pretend friends”.
I don’t want to pay frickin’ 20 bucks for a pack of cigarettes.
Smokers’ taxes already exceed the cost of any required medical treatment, according to Access Economic,s and we often selflessly die younger to reduce the burden on medical and aged care services.
I don’t like people wanting to ban things or impose their wowser philosophies on everybody else.
And I don’t want people turning ACT into a place where if it’s not illegal, it’s compulsory.

Granny 12:44 am 15 Jul 09

It would be really interesting to hear from the Muslim women. This website is great My dress, My image, My choice, and I think initiatives like this are wonderful.

I am not a fan of the burka, but would not wish to tell another woman what to wear. I’m afraid that such issues are difficult. I also believe that the best solution is for us to cross the cultural divide together.

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