Australia needs to take Christchurch attack seriously | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, March 17, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, March 17, 2019

Australia needs to take Christchurch attack seriously

I express my deepest condolences to the victims of the terrorist attacks in the two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. I am a Bangladesh-Australian and I am very relieved to know that our Bangladesh cricket team in New Zealand escaped the terrorist attacks and equally saddened by the loss of lives—including those of the Bangladeshis—in the gruesome attack.

Over the years, as an academic, I have travelled overseas—from Europe to America and Asia. One question that I have often encountered is: “Is Australia a racist country?”

The reason they ask me this question is because Australia has a controversial refugee policy which detains asylum seekers in its neighbouring island countries such as Nauru and Manus Island for indefinite periods. Now the horrendous terrorist attacks by the "White" Australian on the two mosques in Christchurch in New Zealand have totally tarnished Australia's reputation worldwide. The Australian government needs to address the menace of “White Supremacist Terrorism”.

 

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