organiser of one of
Brisbane’s biggest cultural
festivals will contest the
election in one of council’s
most culturally diverse
Queensland Eidfest president
Yasmin Khan has announced
plans to run for the council
ward of Moorooka for the LNP.
She said Lord Mayor Graham
Quirk approached her with
the idea about two months
ago. ‘‘It was completely
unexpected since it’s never
been talked about. But I
felt the timing was right
and the ward was right.’’
Ms Khan, who was born and
raised in north Queensland,
works as a consultant for a
medical firm and is the
co-founder and president of
charity group I-care.
As a first-generation
migrant on her mother’s
side, she said she was well
prepared to represent the
people of Moorooka.
‘‘ I think it’s great (Cr
Quirk) has made a concerted
effort to seek people from
diverse backgrounds to
represent the council
because at the end of the
day, we’re there to
represent the community,’’
‘‘If we represent a diverse
surely your representatives
have got to be diverse and
multicultural as well.’’
ward covers Acacia Ridge,
Archerfield, Coopers Plains,
Moorooka, Nathan, Salisbury,
Tarragindi, and parts of
Rocklea and Sunnybank
Access and Equity Discussion paper - Invitation
Secretary for Immigration
and Multicultural Affairs,
Senator the Hon Kate Lundy,
announced the establishment
of an independent panel of
eminent community leaders to
conduct an inquiry into
services to ensure they are
responsive to the needs of
Australians from culturally
and linguistically diverse
backgrounds. The Inquiry
Panel is examining the
Access and Equity Strategy
and Framework which applies
to all Australian Government
policies, programs and
The strategy seeks to
promote fairness and
responsiveness in the
design, delivery, monitoring
and evaluation of Australian
Government services for
Australians from culturally
and linguistically diverse
backgrounds. The Access and
Equity Inquiry Panel will
provide advice and
recommendations to the
Australian Government on how
existing services are
provided and how they could
The Panel is seeking
submissions on the
responsiveness of Australian
Government services to
Australia's culturally and
population. A paper
containing questions for
communities and clients is
questions for consideration:
1. What Australian
Government services do
you and your community
use most (for example:
2. Have you or your
community found it easy
or difficult to use
3. In your experience,
do Australian Government
services adapt to the
needs of people from
your cultural or
4. If you or your
community have had
problems, what were
they? Did they get
5. If you or your
community have had good
services worked best for
you? Why do you think
they worked so well for
6. What are the best
ways for the Australian
Government to tell you
about its services and
how to access them?
7. Are there ways
services could be
improved to help you or
your community access
8. Most Australian
Government services have
standards about how they
deliver services to you.
Do you think there
should be specific
standards to make sure
culture or language
doesn’t make it harder
for people to get the
help they need?
A group of
community leaders from
community are meeting to put
together a submission that
reflects the sentiments and
opinions of the local Muslim
community. If you would like
to attend the workshops and
participate in developing a
response contact Dr Mohamad
The first meeting is
scheduled for Saturday 14th
Report by the AMYN Team
AMYN camp was amazing this
year. More than 50 Muslim
youth from all corners of
the globe met together at
the AMYN centre on Saturday
24th December to set off for
a weekend adventure of a
They soon arrived at their
destination, tucked in the
heart of the Gold Coast
hinterland, the camp called
Bornhoffen, the venue of
this year's AMYN camp.
The happy campers
experienced three days
packed full of activities,
from bush-walking in the
wilderness to swimming in
cool streams to soccer and
volleyball tournaments. The
evening came alive with
Islamic charades and
roasting marshmallows around
the camp fire.
The camp's aim was to foster
brotherhood and friendship
among the Muslim youth, and
to inspire them to become
excellent members of the
Aslam AbuIsmaeel shared some
valuable and uplifting
advice and pearls of wisdom
for the youth.
like to thank all the
Balls of Steel Australia, Series 2 - Comedy
Hosted by The
Chaser's Craig Reucassel,
the anarchic Balls of Steel
Australia sees guest
comedians and comedy
stupid, dangerous and
ill-advised stunts in an
attempt to impress a studio
audience and to lay claim to
the title of having the
biggest "balls of steel".
"Reucassel will be joined in
each episode by a rotating
door of fearless performers
who show the audience a
recording of their daring
stunts. Craig’s pranksters
are always keen to prove
themselves, whether it be by
stunts, holding their nerve
during hidden camera
set-ups, or behaving
stupidly in the presence of
celebrities. At the end of
each episode, the audience
uses their keypads to vote
for the winner of the
coveted Balls of Steel
comic, Nazeem Hussain,
appears in the first episode
airing on 31 January on The
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A Mosque in
the Newcastle area, a
coastal city north of
Sydney, has been attacked in
a brazen incident caught on
security footage. Although
no significant damage
occurred, worshippers at the
Wallsend Mosque, are now
fearful of further attacks.
CCTV capture from Newcastle
government and Jewish
community have condemned an
attack and issued a call for
NSW Citizenship and
Communities Minister Victor
Dominello appealed for help
in bringing the offenders to
"Attacks on places of
worship whether those places
are Muslim, Christian,
Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu or
other are unacceptable in a
society that values
religious freedom and social
tolerance,'' he said in a
Two unidentified men
attacked the Wallsend mosque
minutes after a group of
children had finished a
scripture class on Monday
evening, The Newcastle
Seven people were trapped
inside when one man with a
large tattoo of a cross on
his neck attempted to gain
He kicked open the fence
gate, hurled an object at
the mosque's front door and
then kicked the front door.
in a society
tried to knock over the
front fence before one of
them shouted what appeared
to be abuse.
chief executive of the NSW
Jewish Board of Deputies,
said religious bigotry had
no place in Australia.
"We strongly condemn attacks
on all faith groups, whether
it be mosques, churches or
synagogues,'' he told AAP
Mr Dominello said he had
asked the Community
Relations Commission to
offer its assistance to
He said they could "liaise
with the mosque and local
community representatives to
determine steps that can be
taken to promote community
harmony going forward".
A website for the Newcastle
Muslim Association states
the local Muslim population
has grown significantly
during the past five years
and the mosque can no longer
accommodate prayer sessions,
forcing the association to
hire the adjacent Masonic
"We are also experiencing
major difficulty with
parking and in recent times,
this has caused a negative
impact on the surrounding
neighbourhood," the website
The association has paid
$1.45 million for an 8800sq
m block of land to build a
much larger mosque at an
additional cost of $5
It will be located about
five minutes' drive from the
current mosque, the website
No Contradictions Between the Koran and the US
CongressJefferson probably purchased this
translation of the Koran in 1765 from the
office of the Virginia Gazette. At the time,
Jefferson was engaged in his law studies at
the College of William and Mary, so it is
likely that he purchased the book as an
example of Arabic law, as his textbooks
suggested. Jefferson cataloged the book in
his section on Religion,ând where it shared
the shelves with early Greek and Roman
mythology and the Bible.
A marriage made in heaven, the religion of Islam and the American Constitution share no inherent contradictions. They actually embody the same universal ideals of justice, fairness, and equality. This was the conclusion of a recent fatwa, Arabic for a religious decree, issued by the Fiqh Council of North America, or FCNA.
The FCNA is the highest religious institution responsible for issuing opinions on a wide range of Muslim practices. Notable is the almost total lack of media attention given to this document.
While the opinion, "Resolution on Being Faithful Muslims and Loyal Americans, is a welcome step, American Muslims still face unprecedented hurdles that thus far have precluded them from being accepted as equal citizens. Islamophobes of all types will discredit the religious opinion and may in fact twist it to imply the "creeping of Islamic Sharia."
The core lie underlying the recent rise of Islamophobia is the claim that Muslims' loyalty to their faith makes them untrustworthy Americans. Baseless and meritless at its face, this claim is now forcefully challenged by a statement of far reaching implications.
The recent reality TV series "The All-American Muslim" had the grand objective of showing several Muslim families living their lives as Muslim and as Americans, struggling to reconcile their faith's commandments with the constraints of temporal demands.
Identity with one's religious group first, one's nation second, is not a Muslim monopoly. Any good Christian or Jew must believe the same thing, I would argue.
The fatwa, is in part, a response to what the FNCA calls "erroneous perceptions and Islamophobic propaganda" that has been built up for a decade following the 9/11 attacks and subsequent terrorist plots by adherents of al-Qaida and other extremist groups.
The FCNA group, consisting of Islamic scholars who meet several times a year to draft opinions on issues of concern to American Muslims, made the document public in Virginia in September of 2011. "
As a body of Islamic scholars, we the members of FCNA believe that it is false and misleading to suggest that there is a contradiction between being faithful Muslims committed to God (Allah) and being loyal American citizens," the fatwa declared.
"Islamic teachings require respect for the laws of the land where Muslims live as minorities, including the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, so long as there is no conflict with Muslims' obligation for obedience to God. We do not see any such conflict with the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. The primacy of obedience to God is a commonly held position of many practicing Jews and Christians as well."
The World's Most Influential Muslims in 2011
23% of the
or more than
is part of
or on behalf
power (be it
to make a
will have a
can be of a
or it can be
of a ruler
King is Amir al
Commander of the
Mohammad VI of
lauded for his
home, and has
King Mohammad VI
due to his
position as the
his control of
the network of
Maliki school of
and as a leading
As successor to
a 400 year-old
him the only
links back to
claim to an
one were to be
Caliphate on the
grounds that the
Morocco is home
to the oldest
the world, Al-Karaouine.
is the center of
rulings on the
Hadith but also
the work of
Malik ibn Anas
(711-795 CE) and
his texts, the
Al Muwatta and
Since early in
his reign, King
Mohammed VI has
law code that
gives rights to
women in divorce
fathers. He has
are now active
King Mohammed VI
monarchy, with a
population of 32
with Muslims all
Morocco is the
site of the tomb
of a highly
Al Hassani Al
the founder of
Morocco is also
recognized as a
source for the
spread of Islam
amounts of power
over Muslims in
Africa, and the
rest of the
world. He leads
one of the most
which is also
the centre of a
The Arab Spring
in the country,
King Mohammed VI
changes to the
Both the prime
minister and the
gain powers that
the reserve of
the King. These
passed (98% in
favour) in a
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winner of reform
and evolution —
— in the Arab
Spring; no one
was killed in
Around the Muslim World with CCN
women win victory in lingerie shops
Arabia: A new law which bans men from working in lingerie
shops in Saudi Arabia is being hailed as a significant
victory in the campaign for equal rights.
The law will give women in the closed desert kingdom an
opportunity to work in shopping malls for the first time.
Ibrahim Al Mugaiteeb from Saudi Arabia's Human Rights First
Society says men selling women underwear is un-Islamic, but
that did not stop religious clerics fighting against the
"This is the hypocrisy of some religious people who
interpret the rulings of Islam, otherwise you would think
they would be fighting for that," he said.
"No man should deal with a woman about her underwear.
"The march has started - realising full rights for women in
Saudi Arabia. I don't think anything can stop it now."
Since King Abdullah took over in 2005, Saudi Arabia has seen
progress in women's rights.
Women will vote in the 2014 municipal elections and are now
allowed to attend university, but there is a long way to go.
Women still cannot drive and are governed by guardianship
Eman Al Nafjan, 33, is living in Riyadh with her husband and
three children. She teaches English, is writing her PhD and
blogs about women's rights.
She, like many of her friends, buys her lingerie overseas.
"I have several friends who
only buy their lingerie when they leave the country. I have
had friends who've had the guy behind the counter make
inappropriate comments about their bra size, about things
The changes to the law mean some of the 28 per cent of
unemployed Saudi women will now have jobs and be able to
Ms Al Nafjan says there is still a great deal of opposition.
The Saudi Arabian Grand Mufti railed against it at last
"Last Saturday we had a member of the highest Islamic
council, he gave a Friday sermon about how this is very
dangerous and we shouldn't go through with it," she said.
"It's very significant. It's going to cause social change to
have women working in the malls. It might seem like nothing
to people in the West, but it's still a responsibility and
it's still an opportunity to show society that women are
just as responsible and capable as men."
Ms Al Nafjan says she is enjoying buying her underwear from
"The other day I was in the mall and I didn't need any
lingerie or anything, but I just stood at the door and I was
so happy to see them. It's a fantastic change," she said.
Buried in the "controversy" over Bradley Cooper's selection
as People magazine's most recent Sexiest Man Alive is a
little known fact:
If you had polled American
Muslim women the winner would have been -- wait for it --
Every Monday through Thursday, thousands of Muslim women
across the country eagerly tune in to Comedy Central to
watch The Daily Show -- ok, let's be real -- we're really
tuning in to check out Jon.
With his great hair, fine
Armani suits, intelligence, and deadpan delivery, what's not
to love? Plus, he speaks truth to power, often on social
justice issues and current events that impact minorities,
including the American Muslim community.
He gets it.
Look, sometimes it's tiring
being a Muslim in America. Like all other Americans, we're
suffering through the recession, worried about job security,
our mortgages and whether we'll be able to afford health
insurance. But, unlike other Americans, we can't escape the
bad news by turning on the TV because whenever we do that
there's YET ANOTHER opportunist saying something crazy about
So it's a relief to know
that, regardless of how the day's events are spun on cable
news and by politicos, we can come home after a long day at
work, take off our heels, slip into something more
comfortable and -- spend the night with Jon.
them down to
He's been on the right side
of every faux controversy involving Muslims, from Park51 to
calling out politicians and pundits who use Islam or Muslims
as a wedge issue or to score cheap election year political
points. He did it again most recently in a segment
discussing Lowe's decision to pull its ads from the TLC show
All-American Muslim after the show became the target of a
boycott campaign by the fringe group, Florida Family
Association. Their problem? The show features "ordinary folk
while excluding many Islamic believers whose agenda poses a
clear and present danger to the liberties and traditional
values that the majority of Americans cherish."
With a baffled look on his
handsome face, Jon asked, "Why would you be upset to learn
that there are non-Jihadi Muslims?"
While the cable news brings
fringe groups into every American's living room, thereby
inflating their sense of self-importance and expanding their
impact, Jon Stewart exposes their prejudices and shrinks
them down to their real -- itsy bitsy -- size.
Within minutes of the segment
airing, half of our Muslim girlfriends on Facebook posted
the link with comments such as, "<3 Jon!!!," "Stewart 2012,"
"looooove," and "I <3 Jon Stewart... and my husband is ok
He's been on
Muslims as a
or to score
But can Muslim women really
love Jon Stewart, who is -- gasp! -- Jewish? Honestly, that
makes it even better.
The Daily Show's Senior
Muslim Correspondent Aasif Mandvi may be a suitable boy to
bring home to our parents, but the element of forbidden
fruit makes Jon all the sexier. (And, we suspect our moms
might have a thing for Jon too.)
As we ring in 2012, we're
putting it out there now: To avoid a Ryan Gosling type "he
was robbed!" scenario for this year's People magazine's
selection, skip the controversy and embrace what Muslim
women already know -- Jon Stewart is America's Sexiest Man
Ayesha Mattu & Nura Maznavi
are the co-editors of the upcoming anthology, "Love,
InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women"
(Soft Skull Press).
World's Youngest Microsoft Certified Professional Is In
PAKISTAN: Arfa Karim Randhawa, the Pakistani
girl who stunned the world by becoming the youngest
Microsoft Certified Professional and was received and
awarded by Microsoft owner Bill Gates in 2005, is fighting
for life at Combined Medical Hospital (Lahore) for the last
seven days. She is in a state of comma and is on ventilator.
The 16-year-old Arfa, also recipient of many other awards,
is a student of Lahore Grammar School's Paragon Campus in
her second year of A Levels. On December 22, she suffered
fits and was admitted to the hospital. She is unconscious
since Dec 28. Arfa Karim was born in 1995 at Faisalabad.
the age of 9 years, she became the youngest MCP in the world
— MCP involves building programs into broader systems for
business. Arfa was invited by Bill Gates to visit the
Microsoft Headquarters in the USA when she was only 10 years
old. In August 2005, Arfa Karim also awarded the Fatimah
Jinnah Gold Medal in the field of Science and Technology by
then Prime Minister. She also received the Salaam Pakistan
Youth Award, again in 2005 by then President of Pakistan.
Arfa Karim is also the recipient of the Presidential Award
for Pride of Performance. It is to be mentioned here that
Arfa is still the youngest recipient of that award. She also
represented Pakistan on various international forums. She
was invited by the IT Professionals of Dubai for a stay of
two weeks in Dubai. A dinner reception was hosted for her
there, which was attended by the diagnostics of Dubai
including the Ambassador of Pakistan.
During that trip, Arfa was presented with various medals and
awards. She also flew a plane in a flying club in Dubai at
the age of 10, and received the first flight certificate. In
November 2006, Arfa was invited by Microsoft to be a part of
the keynote session in the Tech-Ed Developers conference
held in Barcelona. The theme of the conference was "Get
ahead of the game" and Arfa was presented as a true specimen
of being ahead of the game. She was the only Pakistani among
over 5,000 developers in that conference. Arfa's father Col
(R) Amjad Karim Randhawa has appealed to the public to pray for
her swift recovery.
More Moroccan women propose to men
Analysts in Morocco attribute the rise in the number of
women proposing to men to a campaign that wants to
promote principles of gender equality. In conservative
societies, it is always expected of men to take the
initiative as far as marriage proposals are concerned
and girls who decide to reverse the situation are likely
to be criticized for breaking a long-standing tradition.
The remarkable rise in the number of women proposing to
men in Morocco has shed more light on the phenomenon and
drove many to analyze the reasons for its prevalence.
“I proposed to my husband,” Naeema al-Mansouri
told Al Arabiya.
Mansouri recounted the time she met the woman that later
became her mother-in-law and offered to marry her son.
“We were in a wedding and I met her there. Another woman
asked her how her son was and she said he found a job
and was looking for a wife. I told her that I can make a
good wife for her son and that I am good at cooking and
The woman, Mansouri added, told her that she likes her
and that she has no problem with her marrying her son,
but said he has to decide when he gets to see her.
“I met him and he liked me. He said he would marry me
provided that we live with his mother who would feel
lonely if we lived away from her. I agreed and now she
is like a mother to me.”
Hend, a woman in her thirties, first proposed to her
future husband jokingly. “I told him I am willing to
bring a bunch of flowers and ask him to marry me,” she
told Al Arabiya.
Hend added that he asked her whether she was serious and
she told him that “the man who refuses to divorce his
wife when she asks for it is not a man and so is the man
who refuses to marry a woman when she asks for it.”
“Of course I am a man,” he replied then went to visit
her parents with their family.
Hassan al-Haithami, editor-in-chief of the Justice and
Development Party’s website, does not mind marrying a
woman who proposes to him as long as she has all the
traits he needs in a wife.
If a woman
my (son) and
he agreed, I
“There is nothing wrong with a woman asking a man to
marry her. These are feelings and you cannot control
them and decide who says what. There is nothing
insulting for a woman to do that. In fact, I find it
very brave,” he told Al Arabiya.
Rukaia Zayed, a housewife and a mother of four,
disagreed to this breach of traditions.
“If a woman proposes to my (son) and he agreed, I will
disown him forever,” she told Al Arabiya.
Zayed explained that in this case she will discover what
a weak personality her son has and how indifferent he is
to the social and family norms in which he was brought
For sociologist and university professor Abdul Samad al-Dialmi,
the rise in the number of women proposing to men is part
of a female campaign to promote the principles of gender
“Moroccan women are proving that they will not surrender
to spinsterhood and that she has the right to tell a man
if she likes him and wants to marry him because they are
equal,” he told Al Arabiya.
Dialmi objected to regarding this action on the part of
women as too daring and argued that society has to admit
that this is one of women’s rights.
Abdul Razek al-Jay, professor of Sunna at
Rabat University and member of the Scientific Circle for
Islamic Studies, said that men are usually the ones who
propose to women because this is what tradition has
always dictated, yet there is nothing wrong with it from
the religious point of view.
“Prophet Mohamed’s first wife Khadija was the one who
proposed to him, yet this has not been part of the
Sunnah because it is not socially common,” he told Al
Jay explained that Islam is the religion of equality and
that is why it is the woman’s right to propose to a man
if she finds in him the traits she seeks.
“The only problem would be if the woman
proposes to the man because of how rich or handsome he
is and without paying attention to his morals. She will
in this case have fallen into the trap of imitating
Mexican and Turkish soap operas that have lately invaded
the Arab world,” he concluded.
I am regular reader of CCN. I refer to a letter
asking a Taxi company for interview. I have a taxi
company in country VICTORIA called Ararat Cabs Pty
Ltd. Please visit
www.araratcabs.com.au for more information.
I have 3 Indian
drivers, two Pakistani, one Turkish, 4 Australians.
All are happy, working with each other in a
Multicultural happy team, day and night shifts
without any issue. Our local community has no hatred
at all toward us and drivers. One Sikh driver even
wears a turban all the time. Our 3 Muslim drivers
have beard. My background is Pakistani Muslims
Our local Ararat
City Council is very kind with the ethnic community
especially promoting Multiculturalism. We have
established a small society in this town called
'Ararat Islamic Welfare Assoc. Inc. Council has
offered us a building for our community needs and as
a small Islamic Centre in town where we pray, meet
and hold community events.
We are AFIC and
ICV members. We are close to Grampion National Park
where is a wonderful Indian restaurant called
'Spirit of Punjab'. In our small town we have two
Indian restaurants. Our centre is located on Western
Highway to Adelaide (200km from Melbourne). Should
you travel to Adelaide please stop in Ararat. Ask
the Information Centre for the Islamic Centre key,
open the Islamic Centre, have a rest, pray and then
continue your journey toward Adelaide.
You can pass this information to Niamh Linnie,
Researcher, Cordell Jigsaw Productions. They may be
interested in if they are planning to visit
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KB says: Everybody raved about
this. It's a light and tasty starter that leaves room for
what comes next, and the combination of zucchini, chicken
and onion is an excellent one. And I particularly
liked the richness that the almond meal gives to it.
Zucchini and Chicken crumpets
1 ½ cups grated zucchini
1 cup shredded cooked chicken – see note below
1 egg, beaten
2 tbsp butter, melted
1 cup almond meal
1 tsp aromat/salt seasoning
¼ cup grated onion (water squeezed out)
¼ cup seasoned bread crumbs – add salt, pepper
and chilly flakes.
1 tsp green chillies
¼ cup flour
Olive or vegetable oil for cooking
1. In a large bowl, combine zucchini, shredded
chicken, egg, and butter or margarine. Stir in
seasoned crumbs, grated onion, and seasoning.
2. Shape mixture into patties. Dredge in flour.
3. In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium
high heat until hot. Fry patties in oil until
golden brown on both sides.
Note on chicken preparation
Braise cubes of fillet chicken in olive oil or
ghee with 1 tsp green chillies, 1 tsp ginger and
garlic paste, ½ tsp cumin, salt and white pepper
until chicken is cooked. Cool and then shred.
Q: Dear Kareema,
I’ve been seeing my physiotherapist regularly for treatment
over the past
6-8 weeks to ease my sore back. He’s given me the all clear
for exercises which involves no
rotation through the torso. Which are some safe one’s I can
do while I’m at the gym?
A: Start nice and easy and build up strength as you
go. Don’t do any of the fitness classes as yet.
I’d start with mini-circuits using the rower, bicycle,
treadmill, etc. These are great for cardio fitness and core
strength with no rotation involved. Be sure that you have
great posture throughout, and be mindful of your back at all
times. Keep your physio updated with each visit and keep
challenging yourself as you get stronger.
All questions sent in
are published here anonymously and without any
references to the author of the question.
Flightstar Fozi's Travel Tips
Q: Dear Flightstar Fozi, when we travel overseas we
are always concerned about taking lots of money over, what
do you suggest is the best way to take money overseas?
A: There are a number of options in taking money
overseas. Firstly you can take cash, remembering that there
is a $AUD10 000 limit in taking money outside the country.
Cash is obviously easiest to handle, but it also has the
highest risk in case it is stolen or lost in luggage. You
purchase local currency, which you can buy at the airport,
or just take over a major currency that is easy to change ie.
Australian Dollar, US Dollar or UK Pound or Euro.
Another option is the old favourite travellers cheques. You
can buy these from many different currency exchange places
or banks. It is similar to a normal cheque, except they are
your money. You can cash them at hotels, money exchange, or
banks, and sometimes shops take them also. They are quite
safe, as you have to usually present your passport when you
cash a travellers cheque. Always keep a record of your
cheque numbers in a different place in case they get lost.
You also can take a cash passport, which you can buy at
places like Travelex or even Australia Post. This is like a
debit card, you put an amount into your cash passport and
then you can use the card like a normal visa card, you can
withdraw local currency at ATMs, but you can only use the
amount of money you have put into the account.
Finally, you can take over your own credit card and use it
overseas. To be safest, it is best to take a combination of
those options, as you don't want to be stranded overseas if
you lose all your money. Don't forget though that when you
use any cards overseas you will be charged fees so take that
into account also.
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