We last visited the
Kuraby Special School as the children settled into
class of the new school year.
Now, as the school
year starts to wind down, it is a perfect time to
reflect on the achievements of these precious children.
They may not have made
the school debating team or been chosen for the football
squad, but the steady yet sure progress they have made
is just as exciting as any other child’s school
(15) has delighted her teachers by recognizing sight
words and has started to read her first books.
Belinda (7) was
unable to communicate her needs to her parents and now
can by using the PECS (picture exchange communication
Ahmed (11) over
the year, has worked through his social interactions
difficulties and really matured.
Eleven year-old Crystal's behaviour has improved; now she does jobs in the office.
She learnt how to use the fax machine and is trying hard
to use the phone.
Asim is working
hard at integrating with the class and his bike riding
has come along so well.
With the money raised
already by Crescents of Brisbane and the Kuraby Lions, a
bike track has been laid for the children to practice
their riding skills.
The students enjoy
riding on the new track, and there have been many
improvements with the younger children.
Many, who were not
capable of riding a two wheel bike, are now showing much
The children benefit
greatly from the new track; they learn skills in
controlling the bike, stopping, working co-operatively,
gross motor skills, and following the road rules, as
well as the social aspect of sharing the track with
The school still needs
some more components of the bike track to challenge the
children even more.
To do this Crescents of Brisbane and theChinese
Kuraby Lions are holding a Fundraising Dinner at Michael’s Oriental
Friday, November 23rd at
The menu includes the
famous Julie Hatia chicken recipe – so that’s certainly
something to look forward to!
The evening also
promises to be an entertaining one and being on the eve
of the election it has been declared a no politics
evening more so now that several politicians will be
supporting the event with their presence.
entertainment and prizes to win, the evening is shaping
up to be loads of fun.
Be prepared, however,
to be fined if you don’t follow the rules.
Kuraby Special School is one of those
places where every parent needs to visit now and again,
not only to meet the beautiful people who work or attend
the school, but to allow us to appreciate our own
children even more.
The teachers and parents of these
children deserve our greatest admiration and respect,
for the daily effort they put into turning these
children into functioning members of society.
Our donations to allow the school to
continue its great work will go a long way in assisting
a child to learn independence and skills that will bring
them much joy.
There are a few
tickets still available for the fund raising Dinner.
Call 0402 026 786 to secure them ASAP.
Polling at How to Vote Session
The Crescents of Brisbane Make the
Most of YOUR Vote Workshop last yesterday (Saturday)
evening attracted a disappointingly small crowd to the
Kuraby Special School Hall.
As the key speaker in a very
professionally organized workshop Dr. Paul Williams
gave a detailed yet simplified explanation of the
electoral process and fielded a number of interesting
questions from the audience.
There was lively discussion on a number
of aspects of the voting system including such issues as
the donkey vote and the differences between a spoilt and
Mrs. Parveen Surtie won the prize
for completing the workshop quiz.
If you missed yesterday's session then
the next two CCN columns will help you get up to speed.
Guide to Voting for your Member of Parliament
Each Member of
the House of Representatives is
elected to represent an area
know as an electoral division.
Each electoral division within a
State or Territory contains
about the same number of people
on the electoral roll. The
electors in each division elect
one person to represent them in
the House of Representatives.
How to complete the
To vote for a Member of
the House of
write the number 1 in
the box beside the
candidate who is your
write the number 2 in
the box beside the
candidate who is your
the number 3 in the box
beside the candidate who
is your third choice,
and so on until you have
numbered every box.
You MUST number ALL
boxes or your vote won't
DO NOT use ticks or
Ballot papers which are
not marked according to
the rules for voting are
called informal votes.
Ballot papers cannot be
counted if they are
Polling officials at the
polling place are
available to assist you
in completing your
Remember, if you make a
mistake on a ballot
paper you may return it
to the polling official
who issued it to you and
receive a fresh one.
Guide to Voting for your Senator
Candidates for the
Senate stand for a State or Territory. Each State is
equally represented regardless of its population.
There are a total of 76 Senators: 12 for each State and
two for each Territory. Senators for each State are
elected for a six year term. Senators for each Territory
are elected for a term equivalent to the duration of the
House of Representatives. Forty Senate vacancies are
contested at a half-Senate election.
How to complete
the ballot paper
The ballot paper is divided into TWO SECTIONS to
distinguish the two alternative methods of
voting for Senators. You can either vote ABOVE
the line or BELOW the line, but not both.
1. Above the
You must write the number '1' in only one of the
boxes above the line next to the party of your
choice. All other boxes on the paper should be
(By casting a vote this way, voters are following
the Group Voting Ticket (GVT) that the party or
group has lodged with the AEC. All the
preferences will be distributed according to the
2. Below the
If you wish to vote below the line, all the
boxes in the bottom section of the ballot paper
must be numbered sequentially in the order of
(You must put a number in every box below the
black line. You decide your own order of choice
for all the candidates.)
Mentoring Programme Planned
Muslim Youth Services in partnership with
Muslim Business Network (MBN), will be launching the
Professions-Mentoring branch of the MYServices
Leadership Development Program in early 2008, for young
Muslims in the Greater Brisbane region.
Each young person will be mentored by a selected adult
mentor, a professional in his/her field, who will
provide valuable advice and guide a young person through
the process of achieving their highest potential in
their field of interest.
For example, if you are a high-school or university
student who wishes to become an Electrical Engineer, you
would be mentored by a qualified Muslim Electrical
Engineer, who would advise and support you through the
journey of becoming a good Muslim Engineer. Your mentor
would assist you with choosing courses to developing
relevant skills, and perhaps even through advancing your
Some of the aims of this section of the mentoring
program are to:
a) encourage more young Muslims from 'disadvantaged'
backgrounds seek higher education;
b) increase the participation and support of Muslim
youth in a wide range of professions;
c) allow Muslim youth to learn from the valuable
experiences of professional Muslims in our community;
d) give mentors an opportunity to 'pass down' their
valuable, hard-earned expertise to the next generation.
If you would like to be mentored, or recommend anybody
to participate in this new project, MYServices are keen
to hear from you.
To kick the project off MYServices require participants
from ages 16 to 25 to submit expressions of interest
detailing their fields of interest, for example,
Accounting, Law, Academia, Education, IT, Sports etc.
Non-students are also welcome to apply.
A week before Australians go to the polls
Compass throws the spotlight on values, by talking to
the country’s religious leaders and a leading
What values would they like to see
guiding voters’ at the polling booths on Saturday?
What do they believe are the key moral
and ethical issues underpinning this election?
In previous election specials Geraldine
Doogue interviewed our political leaders about their
beliefs and values.
This time she’s invited religious leaders
(Christian, Jewish, Muslim) and a leading secular voice
to air their views on what should shape voters’ choices
‘in the 2007 federal election.
Interviewees are: Catholic Archbishop
Philip Wilson; Jewish Rabbi David Freedman; Australian
Christian Lobby Jim Wallace; Anthropologist,
historian/ethicist Inga Clendinnen; Muslim Imam Afroz
Ali; and, Anglican Archbishop Peter Jensen
Mosque On The Prairie - Season 2 - Episode 3
Brisbane City Council is currently seeking applicants
for its 'Diversity at Work' Skilling Queenslanders for
Work - Work Placement Project.
This project will place 20 people (specifically refugees
and migrants) into various positions across Council for
a period of 20 weeks to gain experience in the
Australian Workforce in a variety of industries. There
will also be relevant training provided for the
The recruitment process
will commence with the following positions: - Concreters - Landscape labourers - Warehouse/stores
Applications for these
particular positions should be made by 21 November 2007.
positions on the list will have a closing date of 26
If you have any enquiries regarding this project,
contact either Patrick Longuefosse (3403 5737) or
Marisol Lynch (3403 5827).
Inside Indenture - A South African
BY ASHWIN DESAI AND GOOLAM VAHED
A review by Dr Devarakshanam
[Betty] Govinden (Faculty of Education, University of
KwaZulu–Natal, Sunday Tribune, 28 October 2007)
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THE CANE IS
The same week it was announced that
Doris Lessing had become the Nobel Literature Laureate
for 2007 and recalling her germinal work [The Grass
is Singing] in the same week that I was reading
Ashwin Desai and Goolam Vahed’s INDENTURE, I found
myself thinking… The Cane is Singing...
The cane fields of colonial Natal,
pulsating through the winds of time and memory, with a
little cajoling and prodding by two persistent
researchers, yield their dark and multifarious secrets
with amazing clarity. While the colonial machine made
indentured workers invisible, in this new book we find
flesh and blood portraits, etched in the most empathic
and colourful tones. As the authors point out, “The
indentured refused to be disembodied Coolies defined by
numbers and fought many battles to ensure that they were
people with rights, feelings, and a permanent future in
What is so singular about this new
book it that it moves away from dealing with iconic
figures. Rather, it constructs a more rounded and fuller
history of the period of initial arrival and settlement
of indentured Indians by focusing on so many ordinary
men and women. The pages are replete with engaging story
after engaging story of disillusionment and despair,
of complicity and stark survival, but also of
resistance, agency and triumph.
Drawing from their academic and
theoretical backgrounds as sociologist and historian
respectively and ferreting through a veritable gold mine
of untapped archival research, Desai and Vahed have
produced an expansive and highly informative book. They
note that their “concerns are both sociological and
historical, about tracking the lives of real people as
well as the broader dynamics of social, political, and
economic change.” Deploying prolonged and
time-consuming archaeological study and documents
analysis, and poring over letters, newspaper articles
and court records embedded in dusty archives, they have
constructed a vivid portrayal of life in the plantations
and the colony of over a hundred years ago. Their book
is an interesting mix of biographies, critique of
local and colonial history in all its dynamics; it
moves away from the rather schematic, linear, inert,
bullet-form “fact upon fact” history that we have been
force-fed in our apartheid schools. The narratives are
rendered in the most compelling prose, indisputably
displaying how ideas and feelings meld in passionate
Goolam Vahed (who
divides his time between Durban and Brisbane)
and Feisal Paruk of
Brisbane at the recent book launch in Durban
What was particularly informative
were the stories of those who returned to India after
their term of indenture in South Africa. Back on what
they thought was “home” soil, the returnees, as they may
be called, slowly realized that indenture had changed
them and also set them apart as “other”. In the words of
one critic, indenture marked “the death of one world
and the beginning of another…[it was] the crucible which
forged a new, distinctive identity.”
Those who returned actually found
that their hallowed and oft-remembered “motherland”,
India, had all the appearance of a “foreign” country.
They found it difficult to adjust to life in India
because of cultural, psychological, religious or
economic factors, or a combination of these.
Re-integration into village society proved difficult if
not near impossible, given the debilitating effects of
poverty, loss of caste, and social and cultural
rejection by village society. Returnees found it
difficult to adjust to life in India because of
cultural, psychological, religious or economic factors,
or a combination of these. Against the assumed sanctity
and purity of Indian identity and its nationalist
origins, the returnees were seen as contaminated by the
experience of migration to a world outside India,
becoming in the process, hapless casualities of a
history that was beyond their own choosing.
The story of one returnee who,
finding life untenable in India, returned to Africa,
walking from Dar es Salaam to the Zululand border, only
to be apprehended there and deported back to India after
a number of legal wrangles, was an unbelievably tragic
one. Alas, “somehow there is never enough ceremony at
the migratory watershed” [to quote a recent novelist] -
the enigma of arrival displaced only by the
enigma of return!
While one is aware generally of the
appalling servitude that defined the indentured system,
nothing prepares one for the narratives of raw and
brutal oppression that was endured in the “contact
zones’ of the plantations, farmsteads or the colonial
court rooms. Indenture must surely be one of the darkest
annals of our history. Deeply disturbing for me is the
barbarism of these supposedly civilized, presumably
Christian, colonial masters, as “indenture sought to
turn people into cogs in a labouring machine”. After
the formal abolition of slavery, it is clear that
indenture had become the new slavery.
Much has been said in recent times
about identity - South African identity, African
identity, Indian identity, and so on. Desai and Vahed
debunk one-dimensional ways of defining identity.
Drawing on Amartya Sen and other critics, they show that
identities are “robustly plural” and the importance of
one identity need not obliterate the importance of
others. What is instructive is the way indentured
Indians identified with Africa, and by the way they
lived their lives showed that India and South Africa
were not seen as separate entities but part of the same
transnational spatial reality and experience.
The reclamation of the history of
Indian indenture then - rather than fostering any sense
of cultural chauvinism or cultural and racial bigotry
- is necessary precisely because it contributes to the
general scholarship of different types of oppressions
that took place in colonial and apartheid times. It
constrains us to ask how much has really changed, as we
ponder on the present injustices meted out to the new
indentured workers of the late 20th and
early 21st centuries in our globalised world.
To conclude, as I read and re-read
chapters of INDENTURE, the words of the African poet,
Birago Diop, came vividly to mind:
Those who are dead have never gone
They are in the shadows darkening
They are in the shadows fading
The dead are not under the ground.
They are in the trees that quiver,
They are in the woods that weep,
They are in the waters of the
They are in the waters that sleep…
The dead are never dead…
And they are in the
scattered canefields…under the Southern Cross…
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CCN Centre Link
The following job opportunities are now available at
Multicultural Development Association (MDA).
Community Development Worker
� Full Time, permanent, SACS Level 6 and salary
The Community Development Worker is part of the
Continuing Settlement Services (CSS) team and will
develop, implement and evaluate community development
and community capacity building projects, which includes
supporting the settlement, establishment and
participation of new and emerging communities in the
wider community and assisting them to develop their
capacity to organise, plan and advocate for their own
needs. The Community Development Worker will also be
responsible for project managing short term community
development project work, including line managing
associated project staff.
Grants Access Worker
� Full Time, permanent, SACS Level 5 and salary
The Grants Access Worker position is a state wide
position and is part of the Continuing Settlement
Services Team. The Grants Access Worker assists new and
emerging communities to access government and other
funding programs, increase funders awareness of barriers
found by culturally and linguistically diverse
communities in accessing funding programs, and increases
capacity and knowledge within these communities through
training and the provision of information and resources.
MDA provides vital services to refugees and migrants in
Queensland and achieves this through maintaining a
committed and respected workforce. MDA provides a
supportive, family friendly workplace with a number of
benefits for permanent staff including salary
sacrificing, extra holiday between Christmas and New
Year, annual wage increases and a certified employment
agreement. Staff satisfaction is reflected in our well
below industry standard staff turnover.
Applicants are NOT required to address selection
criteria in their application. You should submit a
resume giving details of your previous work history and
any other relevant information.
Closing Date for both positions:
5pm Monday 26 November 2007
For an information pack or to discuss
these positions further contact:
Donna Baines, Recruitment Officer, Tel:
0433 5373 40
MAKKAH, 9 November 2007 — The Islamic
Jurisprudence Council banned the use of the verses of
the Holy Qur’an as ringtones for mobile phones because
it impinges on the sacred character of the Muslim Holy
Book, the Saudi Press Agency reported yesterday.
“It is demeaning and degrading to the verses of the Holy
Book to stop abruptly at the middle of a recitation or
neglecting the recitation, as happens when they are used
as ringtones in mobile phones. On the other hand,
recording the verses from the Holy Qur’an in phone sets
with the intention of recitation and listening is a
virtuous act,” the scholars attending the council said
in a statement.
The council also encouraged Muslims in
the West to participate in elections in non-Muslim
countries and play an effective political role,
especially if elections brought about public good or
prevented social evils.
It said this was the only way for Muslims abroad to
secure their rights.
It also encouraged Muslims in the West to integrate into
Western societies but cautioned them against adopting
any Western habits that are contrary to the principles
By Gulcan Caliskan
Marketing Coordinator, Human Appeal International
Human Appeal International is a
charitable, humanitarian, non-governmental organization
which works in the fields of charity, development,
social and educational health care and emergency relief.
The Qurban Project
The Qurbani (Eid Sacrifice) is one of the greatest
sunnah’s of prophet Ibrahim (as) during the days of
The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was asked “What is Qurbani?”,
He answered “It is the sunnah of your father Ibrahim
(as), for every hair of Qurbani you will receive a
reward from Allah and for every hair in the wool you
will receive a reward”. (hadith-ibn Maja and Tirmidhi).
Human Appeal International Australia has
over a decade of experience in reaching out to the
poorest and most vulnerable communities. Human Appeal
International is working in over 15 countries in
providing them with fresh and canned Qurbani meat on the
days of Eid Ul-Adha.
Human Appeal International has for the
8th consecutive year canned most of the Qurbani meat and
distributed it to those great in need.
For just $80.00 a Qurbani will make 24
cans, which will benefit people not only at the time of
Eid but at later dates also as the shelf life of each
can is 4 years.
“It is neither their meat nor their
blood, that reaches Allah, it is your piety that reaches
Our Donation Line is: 1300 760 155 eftpos
over the phone is available.
Kareema's Keep Fit Column
Q: Kareema, I'll be going overseas on
holiday soon and whilst I'm looking forward to it, I'm
quite worried about not keeping up my daily exercise
routine. Can you suggest any activities I can do while
A: A mini circuit consisting of triceps
dips, pushups, squats, sit-ups, etc. will be easy to
perform in your hotel room as no equipment is required.
Take a skipping rope and resistance
band (instead of weights) along with you.
These are light and easy to store.
Skipping is and excellent form of aerobic
exercise and even short workouts can be effective by
keeping the intensity high.
For the outdoors, try hiring a bike and
go for regular walks.
These are great ways to sightsee as well
- depending on where you're going of course!! ENJOY..
All questions sent in are published here
anonymously and without any references to the author of
˝ Kg fillet - 1 onion - 3 pieces garlic - Salt and
pepper - 2 green chillies - 3-4 tomatoes - ˝ tin tomato
puree - ˝ cup grated cheese.
Braise onion and garlic. Add diced pieces of steak with
salt, pepper, green chilies and parsley. When braised,
add grated tomatoes, and tomato puree simmer till nice
and thick gravy is formed. Boil macaroni in salt water.
Add to steak and mix well, Arrange in a casserole. Grate
cheese over and put in the oven just long enough for
cheese to melt
Source: Radio Islam Newsletter - Friday,
02 November 2007
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Send in your favourite recipe to
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knows, you could be our "guest chef" for a future
edition of CCN.
The CCN Chuckle
Mula Nasruddin was
struggling a bit with his English.
He walked into a
restaurant and wanted to order a chicken, but
unfortunately he could not remember what chicken was
called in English.
The waiter who
wanted to take his order only understood English.
spotted a man at the table next to him with a plate with
four baked eggs on it.
He pointed to the
plate of eggs and said to the English waiter: I want
I would like to ask you if you could please announce
a special fund raising for Afghanistan in your
I am happy to come and deliver a short speech about
the Afghan Projects on health and education. I have
written a proposal from the Afghan people from the
remote areas of Afghanistan and they are after
humanitarian assistance from the international
I have a medical background from Australia and
Afghanistan as well as a degree in Social Science
(BS) from Charles Sturt University (Australia).
I have presented speeches at a number of
international conferences dealing with disability,
mental health and human rights in Afghanistan. These
conferences included an Impact of Conflict and
Violence on Children Symposium in Lebanon; the World
Conference of Rehabilitation International in New
Zealand; and the International Exhibition and
Congress on Rehabilitation in Dubai. My last couple
of trips was funded by AUSAID and the Great Masoud
Foundation to assess the health system in Kabul and
I have been to remote areas of Afghanistan in the
last couple of years such as Panjshir, Urozgan,
Ghazni, Jakhori,Yakawlang and Kandahar and have
identified the health and education needs of Afghan
people in great detail.
Currently I am involved in establishing a medical
centre just outside of Kabul. The land for this
project has been donated by a generous local and is
situated some 10 kms from Kabul. The estimated cost
for this medical centre will be $300,000.
The second project is to establish a primary school
for girls in Panjshir villay. There is a population
of ten thousand people in one valley with no primary
school for girls. The land has been donated and the
estimated cost for that primary school will be
If you know anyone who would like to be involved
with the Afghanistan Projects, please let me know or
I will be happy to bring some photos and the
proposal for the projects and discuss the issue with
Please note: If anybody is interested in doing their
Qurbani for Eid Al-Adha inside of Afghanistan we
will arrange it for them and distribute the meat to
the needy people of Afghanistan in the upcoming
harsh winter. There are thousands of people who have
no food during the winter in the mountainous areas
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Dr Nadir Saikal
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC)
Mobile: 041 742 1062
happening in our neck of the woods......
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Crescents of Brisbane
Fund Raiser Dinner for Kuraby State School Bike
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