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Sunday, 3 April 2011

 Newsletter 0334



Trad wins radio defamation appeal


Jason Morrison, left, and Keysar Trad.

Photo: Edwina Pickles, Robert Pearce

MUSLIM community identity Keysar Trad is not dangerous, disgraceful or a racist who incites people to commit violence, the NSW Court of Appeal has ruled.

Mr Trad, the president of the Islamic Friendship Association of Australia, has been cleared of those defamatory labels thrown at him by 2GB's Jason Morrison and backed by Supreme Court Justice Peter McClellan. Last week the Court of Appeal ruled there was no evidence to support them.

The court found that Justice McClellan had erred in his findings on a number of points in relation to those defamatory statements and has ordered a retrial to assess damages regarding Mr Trad's reputation.

However, the court allowed, in part, a rare defence known as "reply to attack", on some points relating to the counts. Mr Trad is considering appealing in the High Court.

The chief operating officer of 2GB, Stuart Thomas, said the court found that 2GB was only defending itself and allowed the reply-to-attack defence in five out of eight points.

The radio station was considering whether it would also appeal the remaining three points to the High Court, he said.

The case stemmed from the aftermath of the Cronulla race riots in late 2005 when Mr Trad spoke at a peace rally at Town Hall and criticised the role of the media, in particular "tabloid journalism and one talkback radio station".

Mr Trad's said the station was "whipping up fears" and Muslims were "suffering as a result of the racist actions of predominantly one radio station".

Mr Trad called on the Howard government to stop "ethnic scapegoating". He said: "There is a great deal of shame in tabloid journalism and one talkback station, seems to be nothing . . . other than the mouthpiece of the Howard government over the last few years".

A 2GB reporter was at the rally and Mr Trad's comments were broadcast. Mr Morrison, who has since switched stations to Fairfax Media's 2UE, launched a scathing attack on Mr Trad on radio the next day. He said Mr Trad was a "disgraceful and dangerous individual who incited violence, hatred and racism".

Mr Trad sued the station for defamation and in 2007 a jury agreed that Mr Trad had been defamed by Mr Morrison.

However, at a subsequent hearing Justice McClellan ruled against him and gave a judgment that criticised Mr Trad's role over the years as a spokesman for the Lebanese Muslim community. Judge McClellan found that most of Mr Morrison's statements about Mr Trad were true.

The three Court of Appeal judges set aside the orders by Judge McClellan and sent the matter back to the court to assess damages. Harbour Radio, owners of 2GB, were ordered to pay half of Mr Trad's appeal costs.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Archerfield and Algester assist appeal


Left to Right: Hon. Anna Bligh – Queensland Premier; Hon. Stephen Robertson; Hj A. Rahman Deen – ICQ Inc. Committee, Rotary Archerfield, ISO Algester

(Photos with permission by Publicity Office of Premier’s Staff)

The Islamic Society of Algester Inc. presented a cheque for $8,000.00 plus notification of $3,000.00 value of high pressure, petrol powered water blasters donated to the Rotary Club of Archerfield for assisting in the flood cleanup of the Southside area.

The monies were raised after the community fundraiser of which Algester Society also contributed.

The Premier received a letter from the Rotary Club of Archerfield confirming the four (4) pressure cleaners as well as a Letter of Commendation for Algesters’ cleanup team led by Mohammed Ismail, who has been nominated to receive a Rotary Community Award.

Both Premier Bligh and Hon. Stephen Robertson congratulated the Islamic Society of Algester and asked VP Hj Aboo Kassim and Hj Abdul Rahman Deen to pass on their best wishes and appreciation for all their efforts as well as working with the Rotary Club of Archerfield, which was represented by President Graeme Saddlier and International Director Abdul Rahman Deen.

The Saints Go Down At Home


It was the Sunnybank Saints first game at home this season, but it proved to be a very unhappy home start for the boys in blue and yellow.

The Saints came up against Mansfield Gold who was coming off the back of a big victory last weekend. Sunnybank were never going to let that worry them however and they started the game the stronger of the two sides.

There were in control of the possession and looked to be good for their money until a horror moment 15 minutes in. A looping cross was lost in the sun by the Saints goalkeeper, and that allowed Mansfield to get in behind and slot home for a 1-0 lead. Sunnybank were determined not to let the early mishap affect them and stuck to their game plan. Mansfield however, took their second opportunity from a free kick to give themselves a 2-0 lead going into the half time break, despite being on the back foot for most of the half.

Sunnybank knew that there was still plenty of football to play and pulled a goal back through Ismail Essof in the second half. Team captain, Arshaad Randeree made a good run forward before feeding the saints striker who slotted home coolly past the Mansfield keeper.

The Saints were looking good to level the score and possibly complete the comeback and get the win. The aspirations of such an event were dashed, when a rare Mansfield attack resulted in a cracking shot going past the Saints keeper and into the top corner. There was nothing that Saints keeper; Adem could do to stop the powerful shot going into the net.

Saints problems mounted when their keeper went off injured with about 15 minutes to go. With fatigue and injuries starting to take effect, the Saints gave away a sloppy fourth goal and they trailed 4-1.

The game went into a bit of a lull, as Mansfield was happy to sit on their lead. The Saints kept pressing and looking for goals, but the luck was not to fall their way. Nothing will dampen the lads’ spirits as they now look to their next game.

Sunnybank Saints were disappointed to have let the fans, who turned out to watch them, down but vow to repay the faith. Attention will now turn to Brittain Park on the 9th April at 3PM, as the Saints take on South East Sloths. With the season only in its third week, there is still everything to play for.

Stepping down for new blood


Long serving state Ministers, Stephen Robertson (Stretton) and Judy Spence (Sunnybank), both announced that they will not contest the next state election.


Stephen Robertson was first elected to the Queensland Parliament in 1992.

"Looking back, one of my proudest moments was to be the first politician in Australia to have spoken out against the racist outbursts of Pauline Hanson following her maiden speech to the Federal parliament. Representing a multicultural electorate as I do, I knew the hurt and offence that so many of my constituents would have immediately felt.

“While many sat back and equivocated, I knew I had to immediately make a principled and vocal stand, against what she was saying. This was not the Australia that I believed in".

Mr. Robertson, who was born in Scotland, intends to take a break after the next election by travelling back to his birthplace for the first time with his wife Caz.


Stephen Robertson is endorsing local community identity Mr. David Forde (pictured left) to replace him as the ALP's candidate for the next state election.


Ms Judy Spence MP is the Leader of the House and State Member for Sunnybank. Judy entered politics in 1989 as the Labor Member for Mt Gravatt and is now Queensland's longest serving woman.


Judy Spence has strongly endorsed Mr. Adam Obeid (pictured right) for nomination as the Labor candidate for the seat of Sunnybank. Born in Australia of parents, Abdul and Mona, of Lebanese descent, Adam (23) is completing his degree at Griffith University, majoring in Government and Politics under a Bachelor of Arts.

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Councillor Forced to Apologise to Salma Yaqoob for 'Damaging' Slur

UK: The Sunday Mercury website and the Birmingham Post reported that Liberal Democrat councillor, Martin Mullaney, has “apologised unreservedly” for accusing fellow councillor, Salma Yaqoob (pictured left), of supporting “stoning people to death” wanting to “see Britain become an Islamic republic.”

His apology, however, has only come after he was referred to Birmingham’s Standards Committee which, the papers report, could have suspended him from the council.

His comments came after Councillor Yaqoob and fellow Respect member, Councillor Mohammed Ishtiaq, refused to join a standing ovation for Lance Corporal Matthew Croucher during a meeting in February.

Explaining her actions, Councillor Yaqoob wrote on her website at the time:

“If our politicians really want to demonstrate their support for our troops, they should abandon substituting medal pinning and phoney patriotism for rigorous and honest debate. And they could also try reflecting the will of the majority of British people who are opposed to our military presence in Afghanistan, and put their efforts into getting these soldiers home and safe where they belong.”

Meanwhile, Councillor Mullaney wrote on a website following the meeting,

“I can only assume that if one of the failed 21/7 London suicide bombers had been in the council chamber, Coun Yaqoob would have been demanding the council applaud the failed suicide bomber for their past heroic actions.

“If Coun Yaqoob had her way, she would be implementing Hadood Law, with hands cut off and stonings.”

After being referred to the Standards Committee, Mullaney issued the following apology to Councillor Yaqoob:

“I have been made aware of a couple of formal complaints to the city council’s Standards Committee about comments that I recently made relating to you which could potentially have been damaging to you.

“I recognise that my comments were unfounded, insensitive and overstepped the mark in terms of the code of conduct for members.

“As such, I apologise, unreservedly, to you, the complainants and the members of the Standards Committee for those remarks and the hurt that they, undoubtedly, caused.”

Responding to the apology, Councillor Yaqoob said: “I accept the apology, but it is a shame that it has come in grudging manner after the Standards Board became involved.

"It proves that I do not have the views attributed to me in the statements by Councillor Mullaney.

"People may ask why he remains a Cabinet member after this episode. There should be no place in Birmingham for the politics of bigotry and malice.”

The Sunday Mercury reported that the Liberal Democrat party is “not taking disciplinary action against [Mullaney].”


The Inbox


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Thank you so much for including my mother Mrs Emma Khan's 90th Birthday in your last issue of Crescents Community News.


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Dear Editor,

Hope everyone is doing great. I cook from home Pakistani/Indian style dishes, make desserts, bake cakes, brownies and much much more.


Please feel free to contact me via email, it's s_m_ahmad@yahoo.com.




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KB's Culinary Corner


Easy Tuna Bake


KB SAYS: This is a really easy recipe for tuna casserole to bake. It is good for when unexpected guests turn up and is easy to put together. Serve warm with a green salad.


˝ cup of milk
2 eggs
60g butter
175g tin tuna (drained)
1 cup flour
˝ tsp baking powder
˝ tsp salt
1tsp ground garlic
2 tsp chopped coriander
1 tsp ground green chillies
˝ tsp crushed cumin
1 small grated onion with water squeezed out
˝ cup of grated cheese

1. Beat eggs, milk and melted butter
2. Add all remaining ingredients and mix.
3. Pour into greased casserole and bake at 180 degrees centigrade for 25 minutes


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Kareema's Keep Fit Column


Q: Dear Kareema, I am a new mum and have always been active. I find it difficult now after having my baby to get back into the swing of things. Please give me some ideas on getting back on track and finding some much needed balance in my new busy lifestyle.

A: If you loved going to the gym before, try and find one with a crčche that operate during hours that would best suit you and you're baby's routine (or sleeping patterns).

Other options would be to use some exercise DVDs during baby's nap time, or a 30min walk to start off with just before nap time. You may even find that the fresh air helps baby sleep a little better or longer, so you can get to rest as well (or have some quiet time for you to enjoy).

On the days that baby is a little unsettled or if you can't seem to get things done, remember your mini-workouts. Do what you can, even if it is for a total of 10mins at a time, every little bit of exercise will count and you'll always feel better afterward.

Try not to rush back into things - ease your way back into an exercise routine and you'll reap the rewards long-term!

All the best and N-JOY!!







My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786


Need an answer to a fitness related matter? Send your question to Kareema at  fitness@crescentsofbrisbane.org.

All questions sent in are published here anonymously and without any references to the author of the question.

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"That's why I want the $500 outfit," he said. "So I don't have to be driving around in $500 cars."




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