Entries by Rachel Lewis

Well-managed refugee resettlement can be win-win in rural areas

Refugee advocate Ataus Samad from Multicultural Queensland’s Advisory Council believes that, with the right support and incentives, refugees and migrant workers can be resettled into rural and regional areas, for the benefit of all concerned.       This was certainly the case for Jean Ntakarutimana who struggled to find work and settle into Australian […]

Queensland and Northern Territory lead the way on racist place name changes

Both Queensland and the Northern Territory have made moves this month to review and change place names which could be offensive and hurtful to Aboriginal people.     In May Queensland’s Department of Natural Resources and Mines responded to community concerns about one place name by removing it from its databases. This sparked a departmental […]

Give electric power tools a fair go

A NSW philanthropist has come up with and ingenious way to share her passion for renewable energy. Zeromow gives people, including those who work with power tools every day, the chance to try out an array of battery powered garden tools, including a fully electric ride-on lawnmower.    Non-road spark ignition engines and equipment (NRSIEE), which include […]

Population concentration in major cities is more extreme in Australia than elsewhere

A new map graphically illustrates how Australia’s population is massively biased towards major cities such as Sydney and Melbourne. “Australia has a weirdly large share of big cities for its size.”   In fact, an analysis carried out in the year 2000 showed that Australia had a greater share of urban population living in cities of […]

News in indigenous languages helps Aboriginal Australians connect with the world

The theme of this year’s NAIDOC week was ‘Our Languages Matter’ and to prove the point an ABC News article showcased three Indigenous translators who bring the Australian and International news to their language communities in their own language, through the Aboriginal Interpreter Service (AIS).  This adds huge value for Aboriginal people in areas where English […]