Having a better public debate on the AFL

September 20, 2011


Originally published in the August-September Edition of the Catalyst RMIT University magazine. By Mehroz Siraj Over the course of the last decade, Australian football has become an integral and important part of the overall public debate with regards to the importance that the game enjoys in Australian social life. Every week, newspapers such as the […]

Posted in: Australian Affairs

Governance, An Alien Concept To The Pakistan People’s Party—I

January 22, 2011


  By Mehroz Siraj Sadruddin Also published at: http://www.countercurrents.org/sadruddin210111.htm Scandals, instability, political assassinations, targeted killings, socio-economic mismanagement and corruption have been some of the major hallmarks of the near three year rule of the Pakistan People’s Party in the country, since the party assumed power in February 2008. As the party is about to complete three […]

Posted in: South Asia

Helping out from afar—Pakistanis in Melbourne reaching out to their countrymen after floods

December 22, 2010


Like their counterparts in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada and elsewhere, Pakistanis living in Australia have made meaningful contributions towards the overall flood relief efforts that have taken place in Pakistan, reports Mehroz Siraj Sadruddin

Posted in: South Asia

What ails good governance in Australia?

December 10, 2010


By Mehroz Siraj Sadruddin Originally published at http://www.onlineopinion.com.au, on Posted Friday, 10 December 2010 In the last 18 months, the Labour party’s honeymoon with the voters has come to a grinding halt, as the Coalition strongly seeks to regain ground that it lost in previous state elections and the 2007 federal elections where it suffered […]

Posted in: Australian Affairs

Pakistan’s floods provide unique opportunities for Australia

September 16, 2010


By Mehroz Siraj Sadruddin Originally published at: http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=10975&page=2 They say that every cloud has a silver lining, implying that even in bad times, there is always hope for something positive. Pakistan’s current floods are something of this sort. Amidst wide-spread destruction and devastation, the floods and the inability of Pakistan’s government to deal with them […]

Posted in: South Asia

Pakistan Needs Us

September 13, 2010


By Mehroz Siraj Originally published at: http://www.aiia.asn.au/access-monthly-access/ma-issue-11/423-pakistan-needs-us Pakistan has suffered immensely in recent years. Since the 2005 Kashmir earthquake that killed more than 73,000 people, the country has endured economic recession, terrorism, insurgency and political violence. Now, the devastating floods swamping nearly one third of the nation put the futures of the already most vulnerable […]

Posted in: South Asia

Strangers In A New Country: International Students In Australia!

August 14, 2010


Strangers in a new country: International Students in Australia By Mehroz Siraj Sadruddin Since the introduction of a flexible and immigrant friendly General Skills Migration Programme, by the government of former Prime Minister John  Howard nearly eight years ago, international students have been entering Australia for educational and residential purposes in large numbers. According to […]